The Las Vegas Raiders have a desperate need for an upgrade at the wide receiver group, and Pro Bowl tackle TrentBrown wants CeeDeeLamb in the 2020 NFL Draft.
During the 2019 NFL season, the Oakland Raiders had serious issues at the wide receiver position, which stemmed from Antonio Brown being released days before the opener. The loss of Brown forced the Raiders to move Tyrell Williams in to the WR1 spot, and while he had his moments, he is more suited to be the No. 2 guy in the long run.
The position as a whole struggled, but quarterback Derek Carr did find some bright spots, including rookie Hunter Renfrow, who became automatic on third down in the slot. In addition, tight end Darren Waller hauled in 90 catches, becoming one of the premier pass-catching tight ends in the league.
Heading into the offseason, general manager Mike Mayock has already stated that the team needs to upgrade at wide receiver, and thanks to a loaded 2020 NFL Draft at the position group, they should be able to do so in round one, where they hold two picks. Sitting at No. 12 overall, things will have to fall their way to get one of the elite wideouts in the class, but as we have seen year in and year out, anything can happen on draft night.
On Thursday, Pro Bowl right tackle Trent Brown let it be known who he would like the Raiders to bring in at the top of the depth chart this April.
The man you see running those precise routes is Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, who is the No. 1 or 2 wide receiver in this class depending on which experts you follow. After an incredible career with the Sooners, Lamb is absolutely NFL ready, and on this Raiders offense, he would immediately slide in as the No. 1 wide receiver on the depth chart.
Lamb is a special talent, so we will have to wait to see if he actually falls to the Raiders at No. 12. This offense is a piece or two away from being special, and as they head to Sin City, all eyes will be on Carr, who enters his seventh season as the starter.
Fans of the team are clamoring for the Raiders to move on, but all indicators are that he will be the man under center when they open up their brand new building this Fall.
If the Raiders can land Lamb, and add him to a group that includes Williams and Renfrow, that is a pretty healthy top-3 on the depth chart at wide receiver. Las Vegas already has an elite offensive line, and a quarterback who completed better than 70 percent of his passes in 2019, so the pieces are there for this to be one of the more dynamic offenses in football this season.