In this 2017 NFL Draft Profile, we analyze the strengths and weaknesses of Guard Forrest Lamp, out of Western Kentucky.
Arguably one of the best interior lineman prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft, offensive guard Forrest Lamp out of Western Kentucky provides teams with tremendous speed, hands, and overall athleticism. Lamp was a starting guard for the Hilltoppers where he earned numerous honorable mentions such as the All-Sun Belt honors and an All-Conference USA mention.
He was also a first-team-all-conference selection as well as a third-team Associated press All-American as a senior. He stands at 6’4″ tall, weighs 309lbs. with a 32 1/4 inch arm length, and 10 5/8 inch hands. Lamp flourished as a guard at Western Kentucky and enters this year’s draft as a projected first-round selection.
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Has great athleticism. Solid foot and hip work. Shines in pass protection. Able to process blitzes and regroup when under pressure. Mauling offensive lineman. Not afraid to get in the face of defenders. Utilizes his size when blocking his quarterback. Defenders have a hard time pushing his 309 pound frame back. Has been able to pick up additional defenders when being rushed by the blitz. Quick footwork and speed for a guard of his weight and size.
Scouts feel like he may not be able to pack on much size or weight on his frame. There are concerns that his transition into the NFL may not be as successful as anticipated due to size and power. Sometimes loses track of defender when quarterbacks hold the football for long periods of time.
Can be too hands on with defenders. NFL refs will throw the flag for excessive hands in the face if he can’t keep them down below the defenders face mask.
DRAFT DAY PREDICTION
A four-year starter at Western Kentucky, Lamp possess the athleticism teams seek for in an offensive line, however, as previously mentioned, some feel he lacks the size and strength as a guard in the NFL. Sources have compared his play to that of Zack Martin. Lamp possesses the ability to line-up at either guard, center or tackle which could definitely improve his draft stock. Lamp is currently projected as a first-round selection.