Kyler Murray pushes for Arizona Cardinals to pick CeeDee Lamb in 2020 NFL draft

Jeremy Cluff
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No one is quite sure who the Arizona Cardinals will take with the No. 8 pick in the 2020 NFL draft, or which players could still even be on the board when the team makes its first selection.

But Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray wouldn't mind seeing the team take his former college teammate at Oklahoma, CeeDee Lamb.

“Me and CeeDee have a great relationship,” Murray recently told The Arizona Republic's Bob McManaman. “That’s one of my boys. I would obviously be very fond of that pick. Obviously, I don’t make the choices. I’m here for whatever, but I’m looking forward to free agency and us adding some great players and adding more of them in the draft so we can continue to grow this thing. But yeah, if we pick CeeDee, that would be great. We have a very comfortable relationship. I’ve played with him, I’ve been with him for years, so yeah, I don’t think that would be a bad pick at all.”

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Lamb caught 62 passes for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns last season at Oklahoma.

With Murray as his quarterback in 2018, he had 65 receptions for 1,158 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Cardinals GM Steve Keim recently said that Murray was making it clear as to how he felt about Lamb potentially being the Arizona Cardinals' pick at No. 8.

“From my text stream, you can tell Kyler likes him,” Keim told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.

“You always would also lean towards guys that you know,” Keim explained to the Doug & Wolf Show about Murray's relationship with Lamb potentially playing a factor in the Cardinals' process in the NFL draft. “If you know the person or you have confidence in who they are, through the information you obtain, it certainly gives you more confidence.”

Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray (1) and wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (2) celebrate a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Texas Longhorns in the Big 12 Championship game at AT&T Stadium on Dec. 1, 2018.

In the same interview with 98.7 FM, Keim compared Lamb to star NFL receiver Deandre Hopkins of the Houston Texans.

“You watch CeeDee Lamb and there are some things that come to mind when I watch him that remind me a little bit of DeAndre Hopkins,” he said. “You talk about a guy that maybe isn’t the fastest vertically, but is gritty, tough and runs great routes.”

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Lamb has been a trendy NFL mock draft pick for the Cardinals at No. 8 for months.

He  is considered one of the top wide receivers in the 2019 NFL draft class, along with Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy, who has also been linked to Arizona in 2020 NFL draft projections.

Arizona is believed to be interested in taking a wide receiver early in the NFL draft to give the team another threat at the position alongside Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk and provide another weapon for Murray to throw to in his second season in the league.

Offensive tackle has also been a trendy selection for the team in NFL mock draft projections for the draft, which begins on April 23.

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Cards Wire's Jess Root contributed to this story.

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