Seahawks Mock Draft Player Profile: Forrest Lamp

Seahawks Mock Draft predictions have been flying around for weeks now, with a few familiar names linked to the Seahawks pick at 26. Could Western Kentucky offensive guard Forrest Lamp be in their plans?

By now, the various Seahawks Mock Draft predictions have been bandied about the Internet — discussed by analysts and fans who have their own thoughts and philosophies on how the Seahawks could improve their team with an infusion of young talent. We’ve heard the names Cam Robinson, former Washington defensive back Kevin King, and others thrown around as possible Seattle picks.

Let’s take a closer look at another possible pick: Western Kentucky offensive guard Forrest Lamp.

Lamp grades out as a 6.2 prospect according to NFL.com, a typical grade for a projected late first round selection. You may remember Lamp for his “tackle screen” touchdown reception in the Boca Raton Bowl:

What stands out in the above clip, other than a nifty catch on an off-target pass, is Lamp’s easy athleticism on his smooth jaunt to the end zone. He can get up field and hammer people from the guard position, which surely makes him the apple of Tom Cable’s eye.

NFL Draft analyst Jayson Braddock picked Lamp for the Seahawks back in March for his Mock Draft. Braddock wrote, in part:

This is more of a need pick than a value pick. Seattle has to do whatever it takes to fix their OL…Lamp should come in and win a position immediately.

That last sentence raised my eyebrows, along with Seattle Times staff reporter Bob Condotta, who noted that if Lamp is drafted and wins a starting job, it could be the end of the days of Garry Gilliam, who, pending his signing of a restricted free agent tender, could struggle to make the roster as a backup.

The Seahawks of course have already added offensive guard and tackle Luke Joeckel as a reclamation project, but they can’t bank on Joeckel being useful on their needy offensive line. Perhaps John Schneider takes the best offensive lineman still available to him late in the first round in Lamp.

With Kevin King shooting up draft boards and starting to appear outside the Seahawks price range in the NFL Draft, Lamp would be a logical, if unsurprising, pick.