One season’s not an accurate scope to judge an NFL draft pick, however, Las Vegas Raiders rookie Henry Ruggs III was outperformed by fellow draftee CeeDee Lamb.
The Dallas Cowboys wide receiver had a valuable rookie campaign, overshadowing Ruggs’ efforts in Silver and Black. The Raiders’ brass had their pick of the litter in a crowded wide receiver class last April. In the end, they chose Ruggs due to his blazing speed and potential. Out of the top three prospects last year, he was arguably the least polished but his dashing speed was too much to pass up.
Bleacher Report recently looked back at last year’s draft and presented a scenario where the Raiders select Lamb over Ruggs.
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Do the Raiders regret picking Ruggs over Lamb?
It’s probably too soon to make a definite statement but do doubt Lamb’s production would’ve been helpful to the Raiders. Ruggs’ speed changed the offense by adding another dimension with defenses having to account for him. Statistically, it was a different story as Ruggs ended his season with just 452 receiving yards. His ability to break open for big plays is undeniable so it was certainly a two-sided story as seen below.
and they said Henry Ruggs could only run fast ðŸ§
— PFF (@PFF) October 11, 2020
However, it was clear that Raiders quarterback Derek Carr favored tight end Darren Waller and veteran receiver Nelson Agholor. Clearly, it will take time for Ruggs and ‘DC4′ to develop more chemistry as time goes on.
As for Lamb, he impressed despite Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott missing most of the 2020 season. His 935 receiving yards and five touchdowns would’ve looked good in Silver and Black, and even Ruggs’ biggest supporters can’t deny that. Let’s give the two stud wideouts at least two more years, then we’ll revisit this hot debate.
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*Top Photo: Sue Ogroki/Associated Press
5 thoughts on “Raiders Go With WR CeeDee Lamb In 2020 Draft Redo”
I really believe if the Cowboys had not drafted Lamb, I think the Raiders would have drafted him. They would have two of the top recievers.
I believe Ruggs will end up being such a dominant receiver that no one will doubt that he was the best receiver in that draft…
Not only is Ruggs lazy and can’t catch, now he’s putting likes on twitter to get rid of Carr. Heyward Bey mark 2 needs to go, problem is he sucked so bad no one will give anything for him….
Cee Dee LAMB is perfect where he is with the DALLAS COWBOYS.
The correct play for the Raiders would have been to select the falling franchise tackle Wirfs, then come back later in the first and pick up Jefferson at WR. Wirfs could have slottted at backup and when Brown inevitably went down stepped in and held down the right side of the line forever. And Jefferson was the best rookie WR this year, and best ever by yardage. That probably wins the Raiders at least 2-3 more games, even with a putrid defense given that Arnette was also a bust.