Raiders: CeeDee Lamb should be the top target in the 2020 NFL Draft

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The Las Vegas Raiders would be wise to make standout Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb their top target in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The Las Vegas Raiders are just a couple of weeks away from what is shaping up to be a very interesting 2020 NFL Draft — and not just because of the unprecedented nature of the event.

With two first-round picks and three third-round picks, the Raiders will have ample draft capital to make some much-needed additions. And with what looks to be a very solid draft — especially at the top — they should find themselves in a very favorable position.

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However, no selection will be more important than the first one they make. The Raiders are slated to pick at No. 12 overall in the first round and they should have the opportunity to land one of the draft’s best players.

And if they’re smart, that player will be Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb.

Lamb is one of three wide receivers at the top of what is considered to be one of the best wide receiver classes in history. The other two — Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III — are both exceptional prospects in their own right.

But no player screams “Raiders” more than CeeDeee Lamb.

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A first-team All-American selection and Biletnikoff finalist in 2019, Lamb established himself as one of the very best players in college football after three standout seasons at Oklahoma.

Lamb has solid size at 6-foot-1, 196 pounds, but he plays much, much bigger than that. His physicality is unmatched by any receiver in this class as he used his toughness to bully opposing defensive backs away from the ball.

The 21-year-old has exceptional body control, incredible ball skills, and phenomenal hands that make him the most physically dominating receiver in this class. But he’s no one-trick pony either.

Lamb is a dynamic runner after the catch whether he’s slipping past would-be tacklers or running through them. He isn’t a burner, but he finds plenty of other ways to separate — his nuanced route-running chief among those.

He had experience playing in the slot and on the boundary at Oklahoma and would be a perfect fit for Jon Gruden’s system with the Raiders.

Lamb could fit right in as the Raiders’ X receiver starting opposite Tyrell Williams in the short-term. And in the long run, he projects as a top-flight receiver with All-Pro potential.

Jeudy and Ruggs are amazing prospects in their own right. But concerns over Jeudy’s slight frame and Ruggs’ lack of polish make Lamb a better fit for the Raiders.

In reality, all three are incredible prospects and it would be hard to go wrong with any of them. Anyone claiming that one of them is an incredibly flawed prospect is mistaken — they all project as Pro Bowl-caliber receivers at the next level.

And as long as they find themselves in the right scheme, there’s no reason to believe that any of them won’t reach their potential.

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But for the Raiders, no player fits what the team is looking for more than Lamb. And for that reason, he should be their top target in the 2020 NFL Draft.