Because of the college and conference, he played in, Forrest Lamp may be viewed as an under the radar prospect in this year’s NFL Draft, but don’t let that deceive, he is one of the best offensive line prospects looking to make an impact for the team that picks him.
A four-year starter at Western Kentucky, Lamp was a productive tackle and he has all the tools to be a fantastic guard in the NFL. A lot of the current top NFL guards were tackles in college. Examples that come to mind are Zach Martin, whom Lamp is being compared to, Kelechi Osemele, Marshal Yanda, Joel Bitonio, Justin Pugh, T.J. Lang and Brandon Scherff. Lamp is that prospect this year.
Among Lamp’s college achievements are an honorable-mention All Sun-Belt team his freshman year, an honorable mention All-Conference USA his sophomore year, and his past two years first team All-Conference USA selections. Also as a senior he was named a third team Associated Press All-American. With the departure of T.J. Lang to the Lions, Lamp would be an excellent selection for the Packers to help the run game and protect Aaron Rodgers.
Being 6’4” and 309 Lbs., Lamp has a compact build but he has athleticism. With that, nimble feet and patience, he was able to hold his own against SEC pass rushers, being able to handle spin moves and inside shots from top college defensive ends. As a lineman, he has an incredible ability to utilize his legs and feet with chopping, positioning and lowering his hips and knees to block. As good as he is with his legs he’s even better with his hands. He uses controlled punches in the run game effectively as well as in pass protection. He is clever with his hands to trick pass rushers into early hand fighting as well as being able to use counter-punches to defend the edge. He was also the second-best offensive lineman at the combine bench press with 34 reps.
Out of his few weaknesses most talked about one is his frame. He is not undersized by any means but he is average and might not be able to add bulk to it. This also includes his lack of height and arm length. Technique wise, Lamp will need to learn to keep his hands in ready position and shoot tighter to compensate for frame.
When will he be drafted?
Unless something catastrophic happens, Lamp will be selected on the first day, probably late. According to NFL executives, he’s the real deal with great feet, strength and intelligence. He is being compared to Zach Martin who made an immediate impact with the Cowboys and has already been selected to the Pro-Bowl multiple times. That is high praise.
Where does he fit on the Packers?
Besides their defensive needs, the Packers do need a lineman to replace T.J. Lang and Lamp would be the least risky, most starter-ready choice in the draft, if he’s still available. Lamp also shined against the most NFL like defenses like LSU and Alabama which is huge for his resume. If he’s still available where the Packers pick, Green Bay should select him in my opinion as he would be the best player available. It would be very difficult to pass on the next Zach Martin and a potential long time NFL starter.