Typically, I tend to dread evaluating offensive linemen, and it stands as my least favorite position to evaluate; but like taking in your in-laws during Christmas break, it must be done. Regardless, it remains one of the most important position groups to get a feel on.
I was pleasantly surprised when watching Forrest Lamp. The Western Kentucky Hilltopper has built quite the reputation. Known for his durability after starting nearly every game since his freshman year, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t allowed a sack in the past two seasons, you have yourself quite the prospect – and the film backed it up. If you want a treat, check out Lamp’s tape against Alabama where he more than stood his ground against future top 5 pick Jonathan Allen, and premier pass rushing prospect Tim Williams along with the rest of defensive studs ‘Bama has on defense. Lamp’s recent climb in draft stock is dignified, and he could be a Thursday night pick in late April.
Speaking of OL class: Forrest Lamp might be the best of the bunch. And he might be a guard.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) December 13, 2016
Name: Forrest Lamp
School: Western Kentucky
Class: Senior (RS)
Comparison: Zack Martin
Draft Grade: Late 1st-Early 2nd Round
Positives: Tough, durable and reliable. Lamp started nearly every single game as a 4 year starter. Stood out as a left tackle, but presents the versatility to slide inside to guard – where he projects better at the next level. Didn’t allow a single sack during his last 2 years. Does a good job of keeping the defender in front of him and sealing off edge rushers by cutting angles. Steady footwork on backdrop. A mauler in the trenches who never stops battling. Plays with good leverage. Good natural bend. Can get into the 2nd level. Flourished against premier draft prospects such as Jonathan Allen and Tim Williams. Team captain.
Negatives: Lacks premier athleticism and prototypical size to play left tackle. Struggles to pick up blocks in the 2nd level.
Outlook: Lamp is a solid NFL prospect. He’s not a franchise caliber linemen, but he is very strong and sturdy and can serve as a key cog in a team’s front. He plays with the toughness and mean streak that brings the intimidation factor in the trenches. At this point in mid December, Lamp is a fringe first round pick and should hoover in that vicinity leading up to the draft due to his versatility and lack of premier offensive tackle prospects.