Chargers Draft

Los Angeles Chargers take OG Forrest Lamp at No. 38 overall in 2017 NFL Draft

Dec 3, 2016; Bowling Green, KY, USA; Western Kentucky Hilltoppers offensive lineman Forrest Lamp (76) celebrates his teams victory following the CUSA championship game against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Western Kentucky won 58-44. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 3, 2016; Bowling Green, KY, USA; Western Kentucky Hilltoppers offensive lineman Forrest Lamp (76) celebrates his teams victory following the CUSA championship game against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Western Kentucky won 58-44. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
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The Los Angeles Chargers’ second-round draft selection is in!

With the No. 38 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Chargers picked Western Kentucky OG Forrest Lamp.

Incredible pick by general manager Tom Telesco. Lamp, who I had going to the Chargers in a trade-back scenario, as well was my top choice for the Chargers to take in Round 2, surprisingly fell to the second round. He was arguably the best offensive lineman in the draft.

ESPN draft analyst called Lamp a steal for the Chargers.

The Chargers just got one of the biggest steals of the draft in guard Forrest Lamp. We had him ranked as the No…. https://t.co/Sx7YwqoNmX

— Todd McShay (@McShay13) April 28, 2017

The Chargers are helping out QB Philip Rivers so far, giving him a playmaker in WR Mike Williams and now upgrading what was a bad offensive line with the selection of Lamp. According to Pro Football Focus, Lamp allowed just three sacks, nine hits, 18 hurries and 31 pressures from 1,622 pass-blocking snaps over the last three years. Not only that, but he’s a powerful player who will pave the way for RB Melvin Gordon. The 6-foot-4, 309-pounder may have short arms (32 1/4-inches to be exact), but his athleticism and footwork makes up for that.

Lamp was a four-year starter at left tackle, but he’ll likely play guard for the Chargers. The versatility to potentially play both positions is great, which makes this pick even stronger.

Look for the Chargers to target defensive playmakers in the next few rounds.

Welcome to the Chargers, Forrest Lamp. We are really, really glad to have you.

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