Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: A 5-year history of the 17th overall pick

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Ceedee Lamb
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2020: Ceedee Lamb, WR, Dallas Cowboys

There were three big-name receivers in the 2020 NFL Draft class that were expected to do big things. Henry Ruggs was taken first of the trio and is no longer in the league (and wasn't anything super special while in the league), Jerry Jeudy was taken second and had a really promising rookie season and took a step back with bad quarterback play in 2021 and Ceedee Lamb was taken third at 17 and has been the best of the bunch.

Granted, Lamb is not the best receiver of the draft class as the fifth receiver taken, Justin Jefferson, ended up being the best. Jefferson set rookie receiver records in 2020 in losing the Offensive Rookie of the Year award to Justin Herbert. Ja'Marr Chase broke those records in 2021.

It is impossible for the Dallas Cowboys to not be happy with what they have gotten out of Lamb in his two-year career. Lamb was really promising in a crowded receiver room in his rookie season and broke out as one of the best young receivers in the league in year two.

With Amari Cooper getting released, Lamb has now taken his place as the WR1 on the Cowboys and his numbers are likely only going to go up. Lamb is already one of the hardest receivers to game plan for with his athleticism and route-running ability.

Lamb already has 2,037 receiving yards and 11 receiving touchdowns in the 32 games that he has played in his young career. That makes him one of just 10 receivers in NFL history to start his career with 2,000+ receiving yards, 10+ receiving touchdowns and 150+ receptions in his first two seasons. Ironically, he and Cooper have almost identical numbers.

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