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Friday, August 30, 2019

Player Spotlight: Ceedee Lamb

Player Spotlight:  Ceedee Lamb
by Nicholas "NinosCorner" Battle
The scary part about Ceedee Lamb is that he has not officially reached his full potential yet as a player.  Albeit that, he has already been named a Freshman All-American in 2017 and 2nd Team All Big XII selection in 2018.  If the Big XII had not been stacked with such great receivers in 2018, he would have easily been a 1st team selection.

In 2018, Lamb finished 6th in Big XII receiving yards.  Honestly, if he would have been in any other conference, he would have been a 1st Team All-Conference Player, and possible All American in 2018.  Think about this for a minute...if Lamb played in the SEC, he would have finished 3rd in the conference in receiving.  If he were in the ACC, he would have finished 2nd.  If in the Big Ten or Pac-12, Lamb would have finished 3rd and 2nd, respectively.

What separates Lamb from the majority of receivers in college football is his ability to run great routes this early in his maturation process.  His routes are crisp and calculated against opposing defenses.  In addition, his ability to make spectacular one-handed catches is like none other at the collegiate level.  No matter what team you are a fan of, you have to respect and appreciate greatness when you see it.

Lamb posted a BattleStat Number (BSN) of 69.7 to go along with a collegiate Explosive Play (XP) rate of 38.5% and a NFL XP rate of 26.2%.  His NFL XP rate would have placed him in the top 16 percentile of NFL wide receivers in 2018.  Lamb's touchdown per catch rate is 16.9%; only bested by 2 NFL receivers in 2018.  With a 70% catch rate, he was nearly unstoppable in 2018.

My personal NFL comparison to Lamb, based upon my BSN stats is none other than DeAndre Hopkins (BSN: 72.3, XP: 20%, TD/catch: 9.6%, Catch Rate: 70.5%).  Although this is a very lofty comparison, Lamb has all the intangibles to become a franchise wide receiver.  He has the ideal size, great hands, really good speed, and possesses the ability to make spectacular catches.

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