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Kyler Murray Lobbying For CeeDee Lamb Reunion On Cardinals

Oklahoma star competing to be first wide receiver taken in draft

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) and Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (2) celebrate during a game against Army in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018.
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) and Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (2) celebrate during an NCAA college football game between Army and Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018.

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Cardinals have a multitude of options with the No. 8 overall pick in April's draft, and their preference won't be winnowed down for several weeks.

If Kyler Murray was in charge, the decision would already be etched in stone.

The Cardinals' quarterback has made no secret of his affinity for former University of Oklahoma teammate CeeDee Lamb, the talented wideout who is expected to go in the first half of the first round.

"He's his biggest proponent, that's for sure," coach Kliff Kingsbury said from the NFL Scouting combine. "He would take him No. 1, hands down. We like that. We like that Kyler's invested. He thinks very highly of CeeDee, and we do, too. He's a great player. We'll see how it all plays out."

Lamb and Alabama's Jerry Jeudy are commonly seen as the top receiver prospects available in the draft, and both could be available when the Cardinals make their first-round selection. Even though the team drafted three wideouts a year ago, there is still a hole at outside receiver, which either pass-catcher would fill.

Jeudy is 6-foot-1, a half-inch shorter than Lamb, but is faster and is known for his polished route-running. Even though Jeudy didn't play with Murray, the chemistry could build quickly if he became the enticing big-play target the Cardinals sometimes lacked in 2019.

Jeudy said it's humbling to be considered one of the best pass-catchers in the draft, and was asked how he differentiates himself from the other top prospects.

"I don't really like to compare myself to other players, but I feel I can do it all," Jeudy said. "I can play inside. I can play outside. I know how to sit in zones and find ways to get open."

Lamb draws comparisons to DeAndre Hopkins for his ability to snatch the ball in traffic, and is known for his explosive ability after the catch. The possibility of reuniting with Murray drew a wide smile from Lamb.

"That's my guy, man," Lamb said. "We built a great connection. Man, that would be a huge honor on my end."

Both Lamb and Jeudy spoke with the Cardinals this week. Many draft prognosticators have them bunched closely together in evaluations, so either could conceivably be the first wide receiver chosen.

No rivalry exists between the pair, which met for the first time here at the combine.

"Social media would have you assume we're against each other, but, nah," Lamb said. "At the end of the day, we're still boys."

For Lamb to end up on the Cardinals, he would need to outshine not only Jeudy, but all of the other prospects available at No. 8.

While that is no small task, at least he is off to a good start. Lamb had a friendship with Murray coming into the combine, and was optimistic about his meeting with Kingsbury, General Manager Steve Keim and others in the organization on Monday night.

"I like the coaching staff," Lamb said. "I met with the GM. (We were) kind of vibin' a little bit."

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