Forest Lamp- OL W. Kentucky

6-4, 309, 34 Reps! 32 1/4" Arm,

7.55 3-C! 9'3" Broad!

(O) 5.00! 4.62 SS, 27.5" Vert,

Run Forest! Run! (sorry I just watched 

Gump with the kids;). 

By TOM

Lamp is a big nasty OLG/OC in the Zack Martin mold. "He’d be the best inside guy," a scout said. "He’s technique, good athlete, balance, competitive. He’s a center-guard." He still has some technique to work on, like keeping his chicken wing arms inside. 

I don't necessarily see it, but a lot of NFL guys think he can be an OC. "He's the real deal," an exec said. "If he can snap, you could get away with playing him all up and down the line. Great feet, strong, smart." He is one of those rare guys who could play all five O-line positions in an emergency.

He is not twitchy moving backwards. "Western Kentucky is a good program," a different scout said. "He is really good on the move and can get to the second level and downfield. Not real strong or powerful but really is a nice athlete." He reminds me of Logan Mankins, who was forced to switch to OLG in the NFL because of short arms. But when he had to play OLT in an emergency, he was excellent. 

His arms measure out at 32" at the Combine. "Some teams look at numbers more than others," Lamp said. "There's some teams that told me I can play tackle. There’s some teams that told me I'd play guard. And there’s some teams that told me I’d play just center, because of my arms. Some teams believe more in ability than numbers. It all depends on the team." Oddly, his arms measured out at 31" at the Senior Bowl. 

He squats down so low that it looks like he is overextending, but he doesn't get out of balance. Gets his hands out wide sometimes. He does have some nifty feet. He can kickslide back smoothly and confidently because he understands position, and knows where to go to stop the rusher. Rarely seems to press. He is a great athlete.

He does an excellent job getting to the second level and sealing the OLB. Great power blocker on the goal line. He can burst forward, and then duck under the DE's head, and drive him up and back. Nice job changing direction when the DE goes upfield, and can spin back when he tries to break back. He is so good at getting extra low and shoving the defender up as he pushes him back. He looks like an All Pro OG to me. He can get under the DE and pop him up and into the OG. Plays with elite leverage. He can get to the second level, get under the LB, and power him up and back as well. Great combo blocker.

He is not twitchy moving backwards, but he is so smooth blocking backwards that I do think he can play OLT in the NFL, if his arms are over 33". Squats down so low that it looks like he is overextending, but he doesn't get out of balance. 

Excellent job getting to the second level and sealing the OLB. Great power blocker on the goal line. He can burst forward, and then duck under the DE's head, and drive him up and back. Nice job changing direction when the DE goes upfield, to spin back and grab him. He is so good at getting extra low and shoving the defender up as he pushes him back. 

He can get under the DE and pop him up and into the OG. Then get to the second level, get under the LB, and power him up and back as well. "Is the Forrest Lamp hype legit?" a scout said. "I saw him handle Alabama in-season. But this will be a good test of his length and athleticism." Great combo blocker. Terrific blend of power and balance.

Combine: Nice smooth kickslide. Locks onto rushers like a stalker. My question with him is his size and arm length. Squat OLT, who looks like an OG to me. Plays well at arms length. Nice short punch, and turns the DE with some violence in his hands. Shows some agility getting to the second level, and can turn all the way back around and block the DE he just ran by. Gets amazingly low, and plays with elite leverage. He always uses his hands and feet together with violence, which is always the first thing with me. He will hit a guy hard, stun him a little, and then hold him off with one arm.

Forest Lamp Vs Memphis:

Nice smooth kickslide. Locks onto rushers like a stalker (:01). Plays well at arms length. When he grabbed his shirt, the rusher was done (:42). Nice short punch that turned the DE with some violence in his hands (1:39). He kept his arms out too wide. 

Moved back in pass pro confidently because he understands position, and knows where to go to stop the rusher. Gets his hands out wide some times (1:53). He is a great athlete (2:27). He caught a screen pass, and ran it in for a TD in the Bowl game Against Memphis. Watch how he pulled away from the big DE in space.

He does have some nifty feet. Gets his hands out wide sometimes. Rarely seems to press. He can get over aggressive sometimes. My question with him is his size and arm length. 

Lamp Vs Memphis:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iKNeOr2kJI

Lamp Vs Alabama:

I did not watch this game. "The best single tape in the last five years that I've seen against Alabama's defensive front was Lamp's" Mayock said. "When they measured him here in the morning, his arm length was just over 30 inches. That's short, and a reason why there's so much talk about moving him inside to guard, perhaps even center. He reminds me of Zack Martin or Joel Bitonio. Guys who were dominating left tackles in college but got kicked inside in the NFL, and still remained really good players. He had a very solid day" His performance in this game has become legendary. 

So let's see what he's got. Started off smooth and easy moving backward, but his arms are too wide (:01). He cut off Allen nicely. But couldn't sustain the block when the QB took off (:12). Nice smooth cut off on the edge (:34). He got dragged out wide by the DE, and allowed the LB to blitz inside of him (:40). The game did not start out well for him.

He locked onto Williams like a stalker and stoned him. Then got in a punch on a second rusher  (:46). He stalemated the DE for along time on the flee flicker (:52). He is no an OLT. Look how wide his arms are out (1:12). He jammed Allen with his inside arm with some nice force and power. Then he stoned the outside blitzer (1:18). That was some great pass pro.

Nice seal outside (1:34). Watch this great blocked down on the DT. He not only pushed him up and completely out of leverage, he knocked him three yards sideways (1:45). Nice feet moving backwards against speed. His technique was terrible, but he was able to stay with maybe the best pure speed rusher in this Draft (1:54). Using his hands and feet together nicely in balance to move laterally blocking (2:02). Williams made a great inside move (2:12). But Lamp did a great job holding on and keeping his feet moving.

That is some great pass pro against elite speed (2:28). Watch the great heavy punch as Williams tried to turn (2:34). Terrific seal block against Anderson (2:40). Watch the great burst back on the bail. He can really moved quick backwards (2:45). He shuffled his feet like a guard, with no sign of a kickslide, but he stoned him (3:06). Great position outside in kickslide. Then watch the redirect inside to end Allen's rush (3:22). He just stayed in the way and knew he had help inside (3:28). That is smart blocking by a guy who understands the system.

That was an NFL OG blocking down on the DT (3:39). He burst back beautifully in pass pro. Then he shoved the rusher violent out of the play (3:58). Nice short set, but he has to make his mind up and hit someone (4:04). Great impact on the speed rusher to cut him off (4:17). Nice short set like he is an OG in pass pro (4:38). Only he is not. His arms were out too wide, and he didn't grab shirt.

Great pass pro. He short set like an OG. Then switched smoothly on he stunt (4:33). He got his hands into Williams shirt, inside, and didn't let go. That was terrific pass pro (4:40). Watch the great punch with the inside hand. He turned and sealed the best power DE in this Draft with power (4:52). He had to turn and bail and stoned Allen in the endzone (4:58). He sealed Allen nicely on the edge (5:05). But he didn't grab shirt, and when the RB tried to bounce outside he lost the block.

He locked onto Allen like a stalker (5:21). He didn't kickslide and lost his feet and balance (5:27). Nice block on play action (5:59). He popped the speed rusher to keep him outside on the play action (6:17). Nice short set pass pro against the big DE, who is more of a 5-Tech (6:25). He had a great recovery off the great speed to power by Williams (6:31). It is now just duckin' and chuckin' time. Then of course he went on to have a few of his best blocks in pass pro.

Howard Vs Alabama:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1vBFZRXa0k

Lamps' Official Bio:

2016 Preseason All-C-USA
2016 Outland Trophy Watch List
2016 Wuerffel Trophy Watch List
2016 Preseason All-C-USA First Team (Athlon)
2015 Team Captain
2015 Second Team All American (Pro Football Focus)
2015 First Team All-Conference USA
2015 First Team All-Conference USA (Phil Steele)
2015 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List
2014 Third Team All-Conference USA (Phil Steele)
2014 Honorable Mention All-Conference USA
2013 Honorable Mention All-Sun Belt Conference


2015 (r-Jr.): WKU's top offensive lineman heading into 2015, Lamp exceeded expectations as a redshirt junior with another stalwart season on the left side. A First Team All-Conference USA performer, Lamp extended his consecutive start streak to 39 games, including 36 straight at left tackle. Lamp was a Second Team All American by ProFootballFocus.com which regularly labeled the tackle as one of the country's best, including the top tackle from the Group of 5 leagues. As a junior, Lamp did not allow a tackle and just 11 quarterback pressures while also anchoring a line that finished the year No. 19 nationally in Sacks Allowed, with just 16 despite 554 dropbacks, the seventh-best percentage nationally and second among teams with 500 or more passing attempts. He was voted a team captain as a junior by his teammates.

2014 (r-So.): Lamp graded out as WKU's best lineman in 2014 and started all 13 games at left tackle during his All-Conference USA season. Lamp has started every game in his Hilltopper career (25 games) and has been WKU's starting left tackle in 22 consecutive games. His protection enabled WKU to set 49 team records in 2014, and he has been a part of the school's single-season total passing offense records in each of the past two seasons.

2013 (r-Fr.): Lamp, a 2013 All-Sun Belt Honorable Mention team member, was a starter from day one of his redshirt season, starting all 12 games for the Hilltoppers. Lamp began the year as the team's primary right guard but shifted to left tackle for the final nine games of the season. He was one of three redshirt freshman to start on the offensive line in the final three games of the season, contributing to a returning bunch in 2014 was plenty of experience under their belts.

2012 (Fr.): Lamp redshirted in his first season on The Hill.

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