The last few weeks have been completely devoid of all sports and activities, but the NFL draft is a bright beacon of hope. Let us rush toward that and look at who from the Oklahoma Sooners the KC Chiefs could target in the 2020 NFL Draft.
*EDITOR’S NOTE – Cameron Black, the staff member who wrote this, is blind, but has a great feel for the game, even without his vision. This article was written with the help of a screen reader.*
As some of my faithful readers might remember, I am originally from Norman, Oklahoma, and when it comes to college football, I’m Sooner born and Sooner bred. So, in this piece I shall not run from my hometown bias, but rather embrace it, accept it, and use my knowledge to see if there are any Sooners who fit the bill for the Kansas City Chiefs first round pick.
This year there are three members of the Oklahoma Sooners 2019 team who are projected to possibly go in the first round of the draft, and they are:
Let’s take a deeper look at these gentlemen one by one, and see which (if any) would be a good fit for the Chiefs with the 32nd overall pick.
CeeDee Lamb (Wide Receiver)
Oklahoma has always been known for a prolific air raid offense and for the last three years, CeeDee Lamb has been a huge part of that attack. Lamb has been a prolific receiver for OU since his true freshman year.
In 2018, he helped Oklahoma achieve their first season to have two receivers catch for over 1,000 yards when he played alongside former Sooner and current Baltimore Ravens receiver Marquise Brown also known as Hollywood.
In 2019, Lamb was named a First-Team All-American after a season that consisted of 62 receptions for a total of 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns, making him a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award for best receiver in college football. Now I ask you – How much fun would it be to watch a guy like that catch passes from Patrick Mahomes?
Truth be told, the Chiefs already have a star wideout in Tyreek Hill, and there isn’t any chance of anyone usurping his throne, but with the possible departure of Sammy Watkins, there is all the sudden a possible need at wide receiver.
Unfortunately, the issue with this pick is the Chiefs currently control the 32nd overall pick and by my estimation, that is not very close proximity to where Lamb will be selected. Lamb is a top 15 talent, and he should be off the board by the time the Chiefs are on the clock.
Trading up to snag Lamb is always a possibility, but teams don’t want to make a move of such gravity unless they are moving up to select (clears throat) someone like Mahomes. While I think that a receiver like Lamb would make an already potent Chiefs offense all the more deadly, it’s not enough of an immediate need for the Chiefs to sell the family farm to obtain him.
Therefore, as fun as it would be to have my favourite college receiver play for my favourite NFL franchise, it rather unlikely if not flat impossible that Lamb drops far enough for the Chiefs to snatch him up at pick 32, and it unwise for the Chiefs to move up to draft him.