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Scouting The 2017 NFL Draft: Forrest Lamp, OT/OG, Western Kentucky

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Today we take a look at a very versatile O-linemen coming out in April. You can watch Forrest Lamp play in the Boca Raton Bowl 12/20 7PM EST, on ESPN

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Introduction

Hometown: Venice, Florida

High School: Venice High School

Recruitment: 2 Stars

Awards

2013 Honorable Mention All-Sun Belt Conference

2014 Third Team All-Conference USA

2015 First Team All-Conference USA

2016 Preseason All-C-USA

Measurables

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 300

Class: Senior

Projected 40 Time: 5.12

Positives

  • Built like a wall
  • Moves fluidly
  • Gets to the 2nd level smoothly
  • Very good knee bend
  • Uses his upper body strength to maintain spacing
  • Very aggressive
  • Has played well against top tier talent
  • Could be very versatile along the O-line
  • Effective at opening up running lanes

Negatives

  • Lacks ideal arm length
  • Moving him inside could nullify some of his best qualities

Conclusion

In a year where offensive tackle is looked at as a desert of talent, Forrest Lamp poses some interesting questions for talent evaluators. Lamp is looked at by most draft scouts as one of the top guard prospects. It makes sense when you look at him. His prototypical box shape and aggressive mentality make him a great fit for the inside. On the other hand, he has been one of the best left tackles in college football for the last two seasons. Sure, he plays for Western Kentucky instead of a power 5 team, but he has performed well against power 5 talent. In a year where Alabama edge rushers have embarrassed every o-line they went against, Lamp held his own. Lamp owns one of the better kick slides I have seen, and is very fluid in his movements. He possesses all the technical skills to survive at tackle. If you move him inside to guard, these skills will go to waste. Forrest is a very versatile prospect that could make a big impact for an o-line hungry team like the Jets. We need two new tackles, and possibly a new right guard and center. If we are without Ryan Clady, Brian Winters, Nick Mangold and Breno Giacomini, a moveable piece like Lamp could make a lot of sense.

Draft Round Prediction: Round 2