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Mel Kiper mocks Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb to the Broncos in his final mock draft

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Lamb? Jeudy? or Ruggs?

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl - LSU v Oklahoma Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

ESPN’s lead draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. released his final mock draft earlier today and has the Broncos select Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb in the first-round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Here is Kiper’s thoughts on his selection of Lamb for the Broncos.

15. Denver Broncos

CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma | Highlights

Lamb is tremendous after the catch, and he’d be a good fit on the other side of Courtland Sutton. Denver could also take one of the offensive tackles.

Lamb has been the least connected to the Broncos of the “Big 3” at wide receiver. Alabama’s Henry Ruggs III dominated that talk early on while Jerry Jeudy has picked up steam quickly recently. Lamb meanwhile only has been connected to the Broncos here and there. Some of that has to do with him usually of the board before the Broncos pick, but even in trade up scenarios it is for Ruggs or Jeudy.

Here is what The Athletic’s Dane Brugler had to say about Lamb in his annual draft guide.

: A three-year starter at Oklahoma, Lamb was the “X” receiver in head coach Lincoln Riley’s air raid offense, lining up on the left side of the formation (inside and outside). He was consistently productive with three different starting quarterbacks (Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, Jalen Hurts) the last three years, setting the school record for career catches (24) of 40-plus yards. Lamb has quick hands and feet to give defenders the slip before and after the catch, showcasing the football IQ and athleticism that allows him to find open space downfield. There is a backyard football element to his game and added refinement is needed, but his natural feel for creating after the catch is what he does best, showing multiple gears, vision and toughness to force missed tackles. Overall, Lamb is a balanced athlete with the body fluidity of a much small player and the ball skills and competitive nature of a much bigger player, projecting as a high-ceiling NFL starter due to his playmaking instincts.

While Lamb wouldn’t give the Broncos the true deep threat that they reportedly want, it would give them a very good receiver to pair with Courtland Sutton. He is a playmaking receiver who would fit in well in the Broncos offense and allow them to find themselves a deep threat specialist later in the draft if needed.

I like Lamb a lot and would be excited if he was the Broncos pick. Both he and Jerry Jeudy are my WR1 or WR2 in this years draft. Both are very good at what they do even though they are two different types of receivers. The Broncos figure to get a good one regardless of who the pick is.