DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - New Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee wasn't just the best player left on the board for the Cowboys at the No. 17 overall pick, but a top-10 player overall, according to Stephen Jones.
Early on in our grading, we just felt like CeeDee was a top-10 type player, and that we'd never see him," Stephen Jones said in the post-draft press conference. "He was the sixth player on our board."
Once the run on offensive tackles began early in the first round, it became apparent that one of the elite wide receivers in this year's group could be available for Dallas, and once that became reality, they didn't hesitate in taking the best player left on their board.
"The right thing to do is always pick the best football player," said Jerry Jones. "That’s what we did today."
With as many as three different trades sent to them by teams looking to trade up into the 17th spot, the temptation was there for Dallas, but with a player as talented as Lamb still available, Dallas opted to improve an already dynamic receiving corps, giving the team one of the most talented in groups in the league heading into the 2020 season.
“We had as many as three different trades that we could have (done), that were very prudent to have traded,” said Jerry Jones. " We just didn't want to miss him."
In three seasons at Oklahoma, Lamb grabbed 173 catches for 3292 yards, and 32 touchdowns, while averaging 21.4 yards per catch.
Lamb also helped the Sooners to three straight Big 12 Title wins, as well as three consecutive College Football Playoff appearances, and played a major role in the Sooners dominant offensive run that saw them rank as a top-three total offense, and a top-six scoring offense in each of his three seasons as well.
"It was Jerry Jones (who called me) and it was actually a surprise," Lamb told 105.3 The Fan following his selection. "I wasn't expecting it, but I'm definitely excited. Like I said, I really can’t put it into words. This is a great opportunity."
The Cowboys will head into day two of the draft with their needs on defense still very apparent in multiple areas. With their offensive weapons now seemingly solidified, however, it seems likely that day two will focus heavily on the defensive side of the ball.