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Prospect Profile: Western Kentucky G Forrest Lamp

Forrest Lamp

Guard| Western Kentucky| Redshirt Senior

Height:6-foot-4 | Weight: 309 pounds

College Stats 

2016: Lamp played and started 12 games at left tackle for Western Kentucky as a redshirt senior, missing two games due to injury against Vanderbilt and Houston Baptist. According to ABC's WBKO website, Lamp allowed just three quarterback pressures and did not allow a sack over 25 games. Lamp topped off his collegiate career by scoring a touchdown in the Hilltoppers bowl game.

He earned Second-Team USA Today *All-American honors in addition to *Associated Press *Third-Team All-American accolades, becoming only the second player in school history to earn *AP honors.

Career: Lamp started 51 games over four seasons played at Western Kentucky, helping the Hilltoppers finish first in just their second season as part of the Conference-USA East division. Lamp anchored an offensive line that helped Western Kentucky finish No. 1 and No. 2 in the conference in scoring offense in 2016 and 2015, respectively.

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 5.00 seconds (fourth-best among offensive linemen)

Bench press: 34 reps of 225 pounds (tied for second)

Broad jump: 9 feet, 3 inches (tied for third)

Vertical jump: 27.5 inches* *

3-cone drill: 7.55 seconds (tied for fifth)

20-yard shuttle: 4.62 seconds

60-yard shuttle: Did not participate

Profile 

Summary:Lamp was a four-year starter for the Hilltoppers, originally starting three games at right guard before moving full time to left tackle for the remainder of his college career. He started 42 consecutive games before being sidelined back-to-back games due to injury in 2016.

As a junior, Lamp was part of a stalwart line that finished the year No. 19 nationally in sacks allowed, with just 16 despite 554 dropbacks. Lamp's teammates voted him team captain that season.

According to his NFL.com draft profile, Lamp "works feet and hips into position before engaging" and secures his block, uses a controlled punch in the run game and uses his hands well in pass protection. He is compared in the profile to Cowboys guard Zack Martin, a first-round draft pick in 2014.

NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein opined that Lamp's "lack of length" will likely result in team's drafting him as a guard rather than a tackle.

"He has the athleticism to handle athletic interior rushers while being able to fit into diverse rushing attacks that ask more from the guards and centers," Zierlein said. "His ability to potentially line up at tackle, guard or center will only increase his value. Lamp's 2016 performance against Alabama's talented edge rushers was a resume-builder that shined a spotlight on his potential as a pro."

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Stacking up: NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock ranked Lamp as the top interior offensive lineman in this year's draft class, while his counterpart Bucky Brooks listed Lamp at No. 3 behind Indiana's Dan Feeney and LSU's Ethan Pocic. Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke included Lamp in the tackle class rather than guard, ranking him fifth-best in the group.  

Notable names:Lamp was a standout athlete at Venice High School in Venice, Florida, playing both offensive and defensive line. Lamp will not be the first Venice alum to play a sport professionally; he joins current NFL players Trey Burton and Dri Archer in addition to former MLB players Mark Guthrie and Jon Knott.

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