12. Las Vegas Raiders – Original Pick: Henry Ruggs III
Coming into the draft, Henry Ruggs III was viewed as the wide-receiver with the highest ceiling out of all the wideouts in an extremely talented group. He wasn’t viewed as the best pass-catcher or route-runner, but his speed and explosiveness drew comparisons to Tyreek Hill. These comparisons along with Ruggs’ ceiling catapulted him all the way up the board to WR1, where Vegas and Jon Gruden pulled the trigger.
Ruggs’ rookie season was extremely underwhelming and in a re-draft, he’d likely fall to the bottom of round 1. Ruggs dealt with injuries for a lot of the year and even when healthy, he just wasn’t as effective as the Raiders had hoped. That being said, Ruggs still has speed and athleticism that cannot be taught and with a full offseason under his belt, he is a candidate to have a breakout year in his sophomore campaign.
New Pick: CeeDee Lamb
CeeDee Lamb somehow slipped down the board on draft night and landed in the Cowboys lap. Although Dallas was seemingly set at receiver entering the draft, “it was a classic case of him being the #6 overall player on our draft board,” said owner Jerry Jones. CeeDee was the #1 WR on many draft boards and his slip to #17 overall was a surprise.
What was not a surprise was CeeDee’s play for Dallas. In his rookie year, Lamb registered 74 catches, 935 yards, and 5 TDs. A lot of those numbers came in the first couple weeks of the season, while QB Dak Prescott was still healthy. It’s safe to say that if Prescott stayed healthy for the entire season, Lamb would’ve had a very special rookie campaign.