No one expected CeeDee Lamb to wind up with the Cowboys. Most draft pundits saw the former Oklahoma star as a potential top-10 pick and arguably the best receiver in a historically loaded class. For a Dallas team picking 17th overall, snagging Lamb seemed like a pipe dream—and a contingency Jerry Jones and his staff likely hadn’t given much thought. But as the night dragged on and Lamb kept falling, the Cowboys brain trust had a surprising decision to make: boost an elite offense with the no. 6 player on their board, or fortify a position of need on their spotty defense. Dallas ultimately chose the former, bypassing the available pass rushers and DBs to add Lamb and complete what might be the strongest receiving corps in the NFL.
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