The look on Jerry Jones and Mike McCarthy’s faces said it all Thursday evening. When Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb slipped to the Dallas Cowboys at No. 17, they could not believe their luck. They pounced and added a significant weapon to Dak Prescott’s arsenal.
The Cowboys need help on defense, but when a receiver like Lamb slips that far, it’s no surprised Dallas chose not to address their pass rush. Draft grades are rolling in, and everybody loves the pick. It made so much sense, even the Cowboys’ rivals could not make fun of the pick.
Lamb will compete with Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup for targets, and it’s time to figure out expectations. DraftKings Sportsbook has posted various odds for some of the notable rookie picks in the first round. For Lamb, you can bet on his chances of winning MVP, Offensive Rookie of the Year, and whether or not he’ll go over 750.5 receiving yards as a rookie.
It is not at all surprising Lamb has the longest MVP odds at +50000. Given the national popularity of “America’s Team,” it’s likely there are some folks looking to make some crazy long shot wagers. You can get similar odds for Jerry Jeudy and Zach Ertz.
Lamb is currently installed at +1800 to win OROY. The early favorite is Joe Burrow at +200, followed by Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Tua Tagovailoa at +700. Quarterbacks and running backs are regular winners of the OROY award, with Odell Beckham Jr. in 2014 as the last non-QB/RB winner. Nine wide receivers have won the AP OROY award dating back to 1967.
Among the rookie receivers taken in the first round getting odds for now, Lamb has the lowest preseason over/under at 750.5. Jerry Jeudy (Broncos) has the highest receiving yards over/under at 850.5, followed by Jalen Reagor, Henry Ruggs (Raiders), and Justin Jefferson (Vikings) tied at 800.5. Last season, four rookie receivers surpassed 750 yards for the season. A.J. Brown led the way with 1,051 yards, followed by Terry McLaurin (919), DK Metcalf (900), and Deebo Samuel (802). Darius Slayton finished the season with 740 yards.
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