Cowboys fans have plenty of reasons to be frustrated with Jerry Jones seeing as how ‘America’s Team’ has won exactly three playoff games since 1997, but this latest story from the man himself will add some serious fuel to that frustration fire.
Jones and the Cowboys elected to draft Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb with the 17th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Lamb is an electric player and should be quite the weapon for Dak Prescott and the Dallas offense.
Having said that, during an interview on Sunday, Jones let reporters in on why he ultimately decided to draft Lamb instead of LSU defensive end K’Lavon Chaisson. Not only did Jones share that his grandchildren played a pivotal role in the draft pick, but that Lamb’s last name played a major factor in his selection.
“We were sitting there in that draft and boy there our end, our defensive end, fell to us from LSU,” Jones explained, according to Jon Machota of The Athletic. And we were so giddy, but there sat CeeDee Lamb. And I’ll never forget, my grandson Shy reached over and punched me. I was sitting on the couch and he said, ‘Production, Papa. Production. Look at his production! Look at his production!’”
“Now my other grandson had told me when they played LSU at Arkansas, everything they did they had to game plan around that pass rush. So you say well what is this, listening to grandsons? Well and I looked up there just reminded me that that last name was Lamb.”
“We had had it all for the right reasons. He’s just a unique, unique football player. Unique talent. And boy it all fell together and, it just really was almost like an omen. He was certainly one of the best friends I’ve ever had. He lived vicariously every breath that I’ve got to be involved as a Cowboy. And Jerry Lamb was an outstanding, great player and great leader.”
You can’t knock Jones for drafting someone with the same last name as his late dear friend Jerry Lamb, but this is the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League we’re talking about here. This statement from Jones is unique, to say the least, in the fact his grandchildren also seemed to be in on the operation.
Only time will tell whether or not Jones’ pick of Lamb was the right call or maybe his grandchildren’s suggestions about Chaisson may have been the right move.