Blewett’s Blitz now turns its attention to CeeDee Lamb and asks the question, “Should the New York Jets consider him at No. 11?”
A wide receiver versus an offensive lineman. It’s no contest.
The free-reeling, highlight-making package the wide receiver brings to the SportsCenter table forces all fans to usually side with the wideout. After all, it’s that man who touches the ball, scores the touchdowns and snags all the headlines.
Without a legitimate offensive line, however, that wideout does nothing. And New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas understands that fundamental team-building notion perfectly.
It doesn’t mean he’ll automatically select a big heavy at No. 11 in the 2020 NFL Draft, virtual style. Wide receivers such as Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb—the subject of the newest Blewett’s Blitz Film REview—are very much in play.
Should Lamb be a legitimate option for the Jets at No. 11?
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Here, CeeDee Lamb (bottom) faces a soft-press man defender. He uses “short strides” to get on the cornerback’s toes while reading him and it also allows a quick break in either direction. The corner continues to inch back, Lamb plants his right hard and shows solid acceleration on the fade route. The quarterback doesn’t hit Lamb but he is open for an easy touchdown.
Lamb is a yards-after-catch monster. Lamb runs in an orbit motion, Oklahoma runs a flea-flicker and Lamb gets hit up the numbers. Lamb catches the ball as he is planting to cut inside (sees guy working overtop).
He works inside, sees a defender coming inside and jump cuts. Reevaluates, cuts back upfield, sees outside corner with hips open inside and accelerates outside. Drops shoulder through the tackle of backside pursuit… touchdown.
Good release by Lamb (top) here even though he doesn’t get thrown to plus has a safety over-the-top of him. Still, he wants to note the release with that being said. He releases off of the line with an obviously slowed down route speed.
As the corner closes ground, Lamb again “short strides” and pumps his arms, then uses a “pressure step” which freezes the corner’s feet/locks his hips. Lamb wins easily inside.