Friday, March 31, 2017

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Forrest Lamp

Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky
6-4, 309
Lamp has played both LG and LT for WKU, and is equally as impressive at both spots. He earned All-CUSA honorable mention as a freshman and as a sophomore, and finished as an All-Conference election for both his junior and senior seasons. As a senior, he was named as a third team AP All-American.
The Good
Solid build, and very athletic. Scored a TD in his final game at WKU.
Uses solid footwork techniques, and can block outside while shifting back inside to handle up the middle rushers.
Stays low, and his technique seems solid. Keeps his pads low, hips bent, and head in right spot.
Hand work in pass protection is solid, using decent punch power.
Solid reader of defenses.
The Bad
His frame is maxed out, so adding bulk is unlikely.
Arms tend to be on the shorter side.
Has not blocked in a pro style offense.
Is not as adept as a power blocker in the run game. Really limited to pass blocking duties mostly.
While hand work is mostly productive, defenders can get to his frame first, and he has to readjust to get reset.
Final Overview
Lamp is a very smart, very efficient blocker who has experience at tackle and guard. I can see him playing either side of the line, inside or out, as his career continues. He has a ton of value in the first round, and his ability to play almost anywhere on the line defines him as having some of the best value of any offensive lineman in the draft. His deficiencies are mostly coachable items, so I see very little risk here.

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