Forrest Lamp, OG
School: Western Kentucky | Conference: CUSA
College Experience: RS Senior | Age: 22?
Height / Weight: 6-3 / 305 lbs
Projected Draft Status: Late 1st or Early 2nd Round
NFL Comparison: Luke Joeckel
Forrest Lamp is trying to make his case that he is the best offensive guard in the draft. The former Western Kentucky LT has had a very successful career but rose to national prominence (in the draft world) after his performance against Alabama. Lamp is a student of the game here is what he said about preparing for Alabama
"First thing I look for is scheme and tendencies of the defense," Lamp said. "The second thing is I look at the individual player. In pass protection, Tim Williams and Jonathan Allen are two completely different players. And my pass-set depends on who I'm going against.
At season’s end Lamp’s stock was boosted even more after edge rushers Tim Williams and Ryan Anderson both named Lamp as the toughest offensive lineman they faced all year.
Lamp really does remind me a lot of Luke Joeckel. He plays we an excellent base, has a great shuffle, had great balance, and rarely surrenders the edge. Lamp is a technician playing with great fundamentals, particularly in pass protection. Like Joeckel, Lamp is better suited to play LG in the NFL. He doesn't possess the desired arm length or lower body strength for an NFL LT. Despite those less than ideal physical marks Lamp is likely a long time starter in the NFL. He is ready to start today at LG.
- Technically proficient, his punch, arm extension, hand placement, shuffle and kick slide are some of the best I have ever seen. Normally is a wall in pass protection and if the wall bends he has the ability to recover.
- Plays with great awareness, at LT his head was on a swivel always scanning the area for a threat. His foot quickness is another plus he can play with great arm extension on a rusher and then make up ground and deliver a devastating punch to another rusher.
- Good athlete with the ability to mirror.
- He is clearly more proficient in pass protection than run blocking. This could be a product of Western Kentucky’s pass heavy offense but I didn't see the consistency in driving his man back and sustaining a block on running plays. Here Lamp is susceptible to losing balance as he overextends trying to find a man to block.
Let’s see his work:
Meet Forrest Lamp, the NFL's next great guard prospect.— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) January 20, 2017
Forrest Lamp ... "Nasty demeanor & will start anywhere on the OL day one... versatility is top notch," per scout.— Victor Cotto (@cottovic) January 25, 2017
Big difference for Forrest Lamp today at practice when at OT and OG. Dominant when inside, keep him at guard.— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) January 24, 2017
Forrest Lamp /WKU now annihilating people at left guard.— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) January 24, 2017
Redskins, Chargers & Titans meet with WKU OL Forrest Lamp at Senior Bowl https://t.co/lIAwAey9jO— Neal Coolong (@NealCoolong) January 25, 2017
Ryan Anderson and Tim Williams both said Lamp was the best blocker they faced all year. https://t.co/RzYpjZI0Yz— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 17, 2017
Forrest Lamp: Jason Peters and Nelson Agholor's replacement https://t.co/ur9jPcQiqD— Ben Natan (@TheBenNatan) December 21, 2016
How He Would Fit On The Redskins
The Redskins need an upgrade at the LG position. The question remains if they trust Arie Kouandijo enough to step in or if they want to look at the draft. If they look to the draft it wouldn’t surprise me if Lamp is their top target. He may be the most technically proficient guard in this draft. I’d like him to get with coach Callahan to address details in run blocking but aside from that, there are few things to complain about. With Lamp’s stock on the rise after the Senior Bowl and likely after the combine, the question becomes if the Redskins are willing to potentially spend their first round pick on him at #17 because he can rise that high. Regardless of where he is drafted Lamp is an instant upgrade to the position and is a long-time starter in the NFL. Do the Redskins feel the same way and are they willing to pay the price?