Raiders rumors: GM ‘loves’ wideout CeeDee Lamb
The Las Vegas Raiders will certainly keep an eye out for the top-shelf class of college wide receivers in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft on Thursday, with general manager Mike Mayock reportedly enamored with Oklahoma Sooners standout CeeDee Lamb.
Maybe the toughest call I had to make Sunday evening, having the Raiders bypass Tua Tagovailoa for Lamb. I did it because I keep hearing both Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden are intrigued with new backup Marcus Mariota; adding Tagovailoa might be the best thing for 2023, but it’s not so great for 2020. But they could do it. As for Lamb: Mayock loves him, thinks he’s the most complete receiver in the draft, and even though I think Gruden likely would prefer the take-the-top-off speed of Henry Ruggs, he’s happy to have a true number one receiver who can win consistently against NFL-caliber corners.
The Raiders possess the 12th and 19th overall picks in the draft on Thursday, and Lamb will probably be available; however, they should be able to draft a top wideout in a perceived elite wide-receiver class should the Oklahoma product get snagged early.
Lamb, who turned 21 years old earlier this month, had a strong junior season in 2019 with the Sooners, totaling 1,327 receiving yards on 62 catches, scoring 14 touchdowns.
Meanwhile, the newly relocated Las Vegas club is coming off a 2019 campaign where only fourth-year tight end Darren Waller truly impressed out of the pass-catching group, amassing 1,145 receiving yards on 90 catches. Following the Amari Cooper trade with the Dallas Cowboys, the Raiders have been a bit depleted at wide receiver, but they will surely select a wideout at No. 12 or 19 this week.