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18 September 2020

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Why the Arizona Cardinals must draft Ceedee Lamb

Some say Ceedee Lamb was the best receiver in all of college football this season and arguably could be the number one receiver taken in this year’s 2020 NFL draft. After racking up over 1300 receiving yards along with 14 touchdowns, Lamb earned his spot as a finalist for the 2019 Belitnekoff award which was eventually taken home by LSU receiver Ja’marr Chase. The Cardinals are in need of a number one receiver. Christian Kirk doesn’t look like he will ever form into a number one receiver, Larry Fitzgerald is near retirement, and the Cardinals are in desperate need of a receiver. The Cardinals hold the eigth pick in this year’s draft and with this arguably being their biggest positional need, it’s in their best interest to draft the number two ranked receiver out of Oklahoma.

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Although Jerry Jeudy is said to be the best receiver in the draft Lamb would likely be a better option in Arizona. In 2018 current Cardinals Quarterback Kyler Murray played alongside Lamb at Oklahoma. This dynamic duo managed to connect for nearly 1200 yards and 11 touchdowns, and could do even more damage if reunited. The Cardinals were the ninth weakest offense this season in terms of passing due to the lack of a clear number one pass option and depth at the receiver spot. Drafting a quick and versatile pass catcher could really help with their recent offensive struggles and really take their young core to the next level.

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Many Cardinal fans may argue that this is not the weakest spot on the roster and should instead look to improve the protection up front for Kyler Murray or even improve defensive pass rush. However passing up on a talent like this could really be a big mistake especially for the Cardinals. The Cardinals haven’t had an over productive receiver since 2017 in Larry Fitzgerald and since then their receiving core has been nothing but dissapointing. Another spark to their already intriguing young offense could put the league on notice and Kyler and Ceedee could very well establish themselves as one of the best young quarterback and receiver duos in the league.

Flashback to the Oklahoma Days:

Cardinals starting quarterback Kyler Murray only started one season (2018) at Oklahoma where he would take over for Baker Mayfield, but in that season he managed to throw 69% completion, and rack up 4361 yards along with 42 touchdowns which would be enough to win the Heisman trophy award over big names such as Tua Tagovailoa & Dwayne Haskins. Wide Receiver Ceedee Lamb had been a big name ever since his freshman season however his sophomore season with Murray at quarterback is where his college career really took off. Going into the season Lamb was one of the most hyped up receivers and he certainly lived up to that by putting up huge numbers. On only 65 receptions he put up 1158 yards with 11 receiving touchdowns. These two proved to be arguably the best one-two punch in all of college football which would eventually earn them a spot in the college football playoff where they would eventually play against Alabama where Murray would connect with Lamb on 8 receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown but sadly, this would be the last of the duo unless the Cardinals feel they need to strengthen their wide receiver core and form a reunion between the Oklahoma alumni.

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