2020-04-24

Lamb, Murray taken in first-round

A pair of Oklahoma players were taken in the first round of the National Football League draft on Thursday.

CeeDee Lamb was taken 17th overall by Dallas Cowboys. The highest chosen prospect from Oklahoma in 2020 class. Owner Jerry Jones said, Lamb was the sixth rated player on the organization’s draft board, according to ESPN's Todd Archer.

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"Lamb prevailed," Jones told ESPN.com. "We just didn't want to miss him. Those trades ultimately are supposed to add another player to be valuable, but we couldn't trump him. He was just there. He's a football player. He's a playmaker. He just earned it."

Lamb, 21, was the third receiver selected after Alabama receivers Henry Ruggs  (12th) and Jerry Jeudy (15th). Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones believed Lamb wouldn’t be available at 17th overall.

"We felt like he was a top-10 player in this draft, and we'd never see him," Stephen Jones added, via ESPN.com.

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley was thrilled for Lamb.

"I'm very thrilled for CeeDee and his family,” Riley said, via Tulsa World.

Linebacker Kenneth Murray, 22, was the second player selected on the first night at 23rd by Los Angeles Chargers.

Riley predicts Murray would have an ‘instant impact’ for the Chargers.

"He was one of the most influential and active players we've ever had in terms of off-the-field activities and has just been a great all-around Sooner. He's also a tremendous example of the progress of 'Speed D' and we look forward to him having a great career and becoming an instant-impact player with the Chargers, ” Riley said, via Tulsa World.

2020 NFL Draft continues today, Friday, April 24, at 6 pm/ct.

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