Former Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Ceedee Lamb confirmed on his Instagram Friday that he met with the San Francisco 49ers virtually. Lamb said he’s met with the Jets and Raiders—both pick ahead of the Niners— in the past week, so the 49ers meeting must have been prior to this week. Lamb also said he has not met with the Cardinals, who select in the top-10. Lamb said the meeting was held on Zoom during his Instagram live session. We’ve seen plenty of names that San Francisco has met with, but very few players that are in consideration for pick No. 13. Lamb more than qualifies.
By now, you know all about Lamb. Our own Jeff Medina believes he’s the best wide receiver in the class. I’m going to rank the receivers in “tiers,” and Lamb is one of three receivers in the first tier for me. I spent an hour on Saturday talking football and watching prospects with an NFL scout that has been working in the league for 17 years. He gave some much-needed perspective on a few players, including Lamb. The scout said that Lamb and Jerry Jeudy are the best wideouts in the class and the only two number one receivers. He has Jeudy slightly ahead of Lamb but said he wouldn’t be surprised if Lamb is better in the NFL because Lamb’s route running will get better in the NFL. After all, that’s where the focus will be.
Lamb is 6’2” 198 pounds and plays strong. This is why it’s fair to believe he’ll fit the profile of the receiver Kyle Shanahan favored down the stretch during 2019: fearless and competitive. The lack of physicality and consistency is why Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis were phased out of the offense last season. You do not have to worry about that with Lamb, who is the same type of competitor as Deebo Samuel and Kendrick Bourne but is an even better talent than both— which is saying something after Samuel’s year.