Offensive Guard #76
Senior, 6’3” 300
- Good hand placement
- Good lateral agility
- Knee bend is excellent
- Nasty run blocker
When looking for an offensive lineman capable of stopping Alabama and LSU’s defensive lineman look no further than Forrest Lamp. While the Western Kentucky tackle projects at guard at the next level, he should be an excellent player in the NFL.
Much like Dallas Cowboys’ guard Zack Martin, Forrest Lamp lacks the ideal length to play tackle in the NFL.Therefor he will more than likely play guard in the NFL. However, from a skills standpoint there isn’t much lacking from his game. Lamp earned all-Conference USA honors and was on the Outland Award watch list, an award given to the best interior lineman, on either side of the ball.
As a senior Lamp was tasked with blocking players such as Alabama’s Jonathon Allen and Tim Williams, Williams routinely ran around some of the top tackles in college football; however Lamp showed he was capable of handling the assignment. Lamp showed the lateral agility to slide and the technique to consistently take Williams and any other EDGE right around the quarterback.
Lamp has good hand usage, which isn’t the easiest thing for most fans to see and understand its importance. He does an excellent job of using his inside hand to punch first in pass sets, which gives him his outside hand free to make sure the rusher doesn’t get up field. Against possibly the best defensive front seven in the nation Lamp allowed zero sacks and I tallied one pressure allowed.
In the run game Lamp is superb. He does a great job of uncoiling his hips to generate power. When I say he uncoils his hips I mean he fires his hips into defenders, as a result he raises their pad level and frequently results in him pancake blocking his assignment. He also does a good job of not bending too much at the waist, which allows him to maintain excellent balance. In the open field rarely if ever loses his balance which results in him rarely missing in open field. Lamp plays under control and understand when he needs to position block and when to go for the knockout block. He will frequently go on “clean up duty” and find someone to drive into the ground, and he does an excellent job of keeping it between the whistles.
At the end of the day, Lamp will be another collegiate tackle to make the move to guard in the pros. However, he is a sound technician and should handle the move brilliantly. If he preforms well at guard during the Senior Bowl, he should rocket up draft boards around the league. Look for Lamp to be a top two or three guard taken in the draft.
Player Comparison: Zack Martin
Draft Projection: Late first to early second