The Cardinals offense took a big leap forward in 2019 under new head coach Kliff Kingsbury and quarterback Kyler Murray.
And with Arizona picking eighth in the 2020 NFL Draft, Murray is hoping the Cardinals consider reuniting him with his former Oklahoma receiver CeeDee Lamb.
“Me and CeeDee have a great relationship,” Murray recently told The Arizona Republic. “That’s one of my boys. I would obviously be very fond of that pick. Obviously, I don’t make the choices. I’m here for whatever, but I’m looking forward to free agency and us adding some great players and adding more of them in the draft so we can continue to grow this thing. But yeah, if we pick CeeDee, that would be great. We have a very comfortable relationship. I’ve played with him, I’ve been with him for years, so yeah, I don’t think that would be a bad pick at all.”
Cardinals general manager Steve Keim has been getting the message from Murray:
“From my text stream, you can tell Kyler likes him,” Keim told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.
Keim went on to compare Lamb to Texans star receiver Deandre Hopkins:
“You watch CeeDee Lamb and there are some things that come to mind when I watch him that remind me a little bit of DeAndre Hopkins,” Keim said. “You talk about a guy that maybe isn’t the fastest vertically, but is gritty, tough and runs great routes.”
During Murray’s Heisman-winning season in 2018, Lamb was one of his favorite targets, catching 65 passes for 1,158 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Lamb was even better in 2019 with Jalen Hurts, catching 62 passes for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns.
The big question is whether the Cardinals want to use another draft pick on a wide receiver. In the 2019 draft, Keim selected three receivers (Andy Isabella, Hakeem Butler, Keesean Johnson). Keim also used a 2nd-round pick in 2018 on Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald recently re-signed on a 1-year, $11 million deal.
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