NFL Draft: Forrest Lamp, Tyus Bowser show first-round form during pro days
Lamp’s performance continues the momentum he's created for himself throughout his senior season
Western Kentucky’s projected first-round pick Forrest Lamp was the highlight of a relatively short list of pro day workouts on Monday.
The 6-foot-4, 309 pound Lamp -- who checks in as the top guard on NFLDraftScout.com’s board and No. 28th ranked overall prospect -- was put through an extensive positional workout Monday by Cincinnati Bengals ’ offensive line coach Paul Alexander. The workout took place in front of dozens of scouts representing an estimated 20 NFL teams.
Lamp, a four-year starter and two-time first team All-Conference USA selection at left tackle for the Hilltoppers, lined up at tackle, guard and even center during the workout, delivering snaps to Alexander in an effort to show his positional versatility. He is expected to slide inside to guard or center despite his experience outside at tackle because of shorter-than-ideal arms, which were measured in at 32¼-inch at the combine.
Lamp’s performance Monday continued the positive momentum he has created for himself throughout his senior season -- a year which began with a massive test against Alabama and its vaunted and versatile defensive line and continued with impressive showings at the Senior Bowl and in Indianapolis last month, where his 5.0 second time in the 40-yard dash, 34 repetitions of 225 pounds, 7.55 second three-cone time and 9-foot, 11-inch broad jump each ranked among the top scores for offensive line.
Lamp started three games at guard as a redshirt freshman and returned to this position two months ago at the Senior Bowl. His quickness, active hands and core strength stood out against the defensive tackles in Mobile, drawing comparisons to former Notre Dame left tackle turned Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl left guard Zach Martin from some talent evaluators.
The star attraction at Houston’s pro day was flashy edge rusher Tyus Bowser , who -- like Lamp -- stood out at the Senior Bowl and combine and ultimately decided that his positional workout was most important on Monday, largely opting to sit on his results from Indianapolis.
Of course, that is not surprising given that the muscle-bound 6-foot-3, 247-pound Bowser lit up the track in Indianapolis, recording a 4.65 second time in the 40-yard dash, a 37.5-inch vertical jump and a 6.75 second three-cone time -- each among the top results for linebackers. One timed drill that Bowser attempted to complete Monday was the short shuttle, though he struggled to do so. Bowser slipped repeatedly during the timed drill and was asked to repeat it a few times before he and the rest of Houston’s linebackers and defensive linemen moved on to the positional workout, which was alternately led by scouts and coaches representing the Baltimore Ravens , Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans .
Though he did struggle, at times, with his feet slipping out from under him during the positional workout as well (including when running the arc to simulate rushing the passer), overall Bowser performed well. He changes directions quickly and accelerates smoothly for a man of his size -- perhaps not surprising given that he played both basketball and football over his first two years for the Cougars.
Asked to rush the passer off the edge as well as drop back into coverage, Bowser is viewed as one of the better all-around outside linebackers in this class. He currently checks in at seventh at the position on NFLDraftScout.com’s board and as a solid Day 2 value. After recording 8.5 sacks and 12 tackles for loss in just eight games last season and building off that production with stellar performances in Mobile and Indianapolis, however, Bowser has generated a lot of buzz in the scouting community with some characterizing him as a possible first-round sleeper.
Brigham Young Cougars
The Houston Cougars completed their pro day Monday but cats of a different color were still on the minds of scouts following an impressive workout from BYU linebacker Harvey Langi last Friday.
The 6-foot-2, 251-pound Langi is one of the more intriguing sleepers of this year’s crop of linebackers. He actually began his career playing running back at Utah before transferring to the arch rival Cougars and the defensive side of the ball following a two year LDS mission.
He emerged as a starter at inside linebacker in 2015 and recorded 68 tackles, including 6.5 for loss and 4.5 sacks. He was asked to move outside this past season and the third change of position seemed to slow him down. While he put up respectable numbers (57 tackles, including five for loss and two sacks), Langi was not the same difference-maker, though he did earn an invitation to the combine, where he showed an impressive combination of agility (4.32 seconds in the short shuttle) and bench press (23 reps) but opted not to run the 40-yard dash -- at least until Friday when he was clocked in the low 4.6’s and really turned heads with his positional workout.
Langi is currently ranked 15th among inside linebackers on NFLDraftScout.com’s board and as a priority free agent. Based on the buzz created since his workout, however, his stock with teams is much higher than most in the media realize. Six teams that have expressed significant interest since Langi’s workout including the Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs , Houston Texans , New England Patriots , Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers , many of which have significant needs at inside linebacker.
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