With their first pick in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Chargers selected Forrest Lamp out of Western Kentucky.
There are not many first-round talents along the offensive line this year, but Lamp was undoubtedly one of them. While he played tackle in college, look for Lamp to kick inside and be an immediate starter at one of the guard spots. After playing at 309 pounds in college, he will need to add some weight to handle the big boys of the NFL’s interior. The good news is at 6-foot-4, he should be able to do that without much issue.
Lamp has plenty of athleticism, which he both put on tape and showed off at the combine. He ran a 5,00-flat in the 40-yard dash, one of the best times in his position group. In addition, the strength is there with 34 reps on the bench press. Again, add 10 pounds or so and Lamp becomes very tough to move, especially in the run game.
Bench: 34 reps
Despite playing at a small school in Western Kentucky, he eared third-team All-America honors in his senior season. He was easily the best offensive lineman in Conference USA, dominating opponents both within the conference and outside of it.
This is one of the safer picks in the draft. Lamp should be a quality starter at guard who could kick outside and help as a swing tackle in a pinch. All told, look for Lamp to have a long career.