Newly Released NFL Top 100 Players List week, and many eagle-eyed fans are focused on ranking two star receivers: current free agent Odell Beckham Jr. and CeeDee Lamb .
Lamb, entering his third season with the Dallas Cowboys, broke onto the coveted NFL roster for the first time – registering at No. 95. OBJ, who remained a free agent after playing a key role in the Los Angeles Rams’ Super Bowl run but is sidelined with an ACL injury, ranked five spots ahead of Lamb at No. 90.
This sparked a debate over whether OBJ, a three-time Pro Bowler but now 29, should be ranked above 23-year-old Lamb, who looks set for a season in p small groups as the Cowboys’ No. 1 bona fide receiver.
In Monday’s “Undisputed,” Skip Bayless explained why he disagreed with Lamb being ranked lower than OBJ, noting that Pro Football Focus ranked Lamb the 10th best wide in the NFL last season and Beckham 64th. The NFL roster is compiled based on votes from active league players.
“They’re happy with their reputation and their friendship because Odell is a great guy,” Bayless said. “You know him, you’re close to him. Well done. He’s got a big, good heart. He’s got a real aura. He’s got mystique. He’s got the ‘it’ factor. I get all that. …
“The Dallas Cowboys finished No. 1 in the NFL in runs scored and No. 1 in yards gained and No. 1 in nearly every receiving category at all levels was CeeDee Lamb – not Amari Cooper. He quietly emerged last year as the No. 1 receiver. This year, he’s going to come out and stand as a top-10 receiver. He’ll be in the top five by the end of the year.”
CeeDee Lamb ranked #95, OBJ at #90 on the NFL Top 100 Players list
Jumping Bayless explains why Lamb should be ranked higher than OBJ.
Lamb — the 17th overall pick in 2019 — just finished his first Pro Bowl season and more than 1,000 receiving yards (1,102) after finishing just short (935 yards) in his rookie season in 2020.
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On the other hand, Shannon Sharpe isn’t convinced Lamb deserves to be ranked on OBJ after just two old seasons under her belt. He thinks the players have understood.
“They’d rather have an Odell Beckham, who was released, because he’s that guy,” Sharpe said. “He still is, and if he hadn’t been injured, we already know how this story would end. It’s really not that complicated. … Just because [Lamb] is wearing a Cowboys jersey, just because it’s the Cowboys’ No. 88 jersey – that [doesn’t] make him Michael Irvin. That doesn’t make him Drew Pearson. The player made the number six games with the Browns before being released and signing with the Rams midway through last season He had 27 receptions for 305 receiving yards and five scores in eight games with LA
Beckham Jr .was even better in the playoffs, finishing with 21 receptions for 288 receiving yards and two scores.That total includes two crucial catches — including one for a score — in the Rams’ Super Bowl LVI win over the Bengals.
Despite the success, OBJ won’t be healthy enough to hit the field anytime soon.The former Pro Bowler has been absent from training camp. training this offseason while recovering from ACL surgery he underwent in February after injuring his left knee in the Super Bowl.
Six months later, OBJ remains a free agent, and where he ends up remains a mystery.
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