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NFL Draft: Sooners WR CeeDee Lamb picked No. 17 overall by Dallas Cowboys

CeeDee Lamb has had some success at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Now, he’ll have plenty more opportunities for success there.

The former OU wide receiver was taken No. 17 overall by the Dallas Cowboys in Thursday’s NFL Draft.

"I'm very thrilled for CeeDee and his family," Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said in a statement. "Been there with him since day one and remember watching him when he was a sophomore in high school. The progression he's made since then and the impact he made on the OU program and our university is just absolutely tremendous. Really excited for him here at the next level with the Cowboys. I think he's got a great chance to have a long and very prosperous career."

Lamb is the first Sooners player picked in the first round by the Cowboys since safety Roy Williams was taken No. 8 in 2002.

In the last two two Big 12 Championship Games at Jerry World, Lamb combined for 14 catches for 340 yards, and a touchdown.

It is the second consecutive season the Sooners have had a receiver picked in the first round.

Marquise Brown was taken No. 25 overall by the Baltimore Ravens a year ago.

It's the third time since 1996 that receivers from the same team were selected in the first round back-to-back years. Ohio State (Santonio Holmes in 2006 and Ted Ginn Jr. and Anthony Gonzalez in 2007) and Clemson (DeAndre Hopkins in 2013 and Sammy Watkins in 2014) were the other programs to have receivers taken in the first round on consecutive seasons.

At OU’s Pro Day on March 13, Lamb said he had an outfit planned out for the draft, which was then scheduled to be held in Las Vegas.

But that night in Oklahoma City, Rudy Gobert tested positive for the COVID-19 and soon after, the draft was changed to an all-virtual format.

Lamb said recently he hadn’t decided whether he would stick with his initial outfit plan or change things up.

While some of the players featured in the first round of the draft dressed down — Alabama receiver Henry Ruggs III wore a bathrobe — Lamb still dressed up for the occasion with a black dress shirt and a silver necklace and bracelet as he watched with his family.

Lamb was the third receiver taken Thursday. Ruggs was taken by the Las Vegas Raiders at No. 12 overall and Ruggs’ college teammate, Jerry Jeudy, was picked No. 15 by the Denver Broncos.

Lamb became one of the most explosive playmakers in Sooners history, with 173 catches for 3,292 yards and 32 touchdowns receiving during his three seasons at OU. He also added one rushing touchdown and threw for another score.

As a junior, Lamb became the Sooners’ top receiver with 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns on 62 catches.

Lamb is the highest-drafted OU wide receiver since Billy Brooks was taken No. 11 overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1976.

Lamb came to the Sooners as a four-star prospect from Richmond, Texas. He committed to the Sooners initially, then decommitted before deciding ultimately to play for Riley and Dennis Simmons at OU.

He became not only a play-breaking receiver, known for his escapability, but also a strong blocker. His versatility lifted him among the top of a receivers class touted as one of the best in modern NFL history.

“You and I knew from the first time that we talked that this day was going to happen for you,” Simmons said to Lamb in a video posted on Twitter. 

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CeeDee Lamb, shown at Pro Day last month, was picked No. 17 overall by the Dallas Cowboys in Thursday's first round of the NFL Draft. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]

CeeDee Lamb, shown at Pro Day last month, was picked No. 17 overall by the Dallas Cowboys in Thursday's first round of the NFL Draft. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]

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