Published: Mon, May 08, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Rivers, Gordon should benefit from Chargers' draft picks

Rivers, Gordon should benefit from Chargers' draft picks

As the No. 38 selection, the sixth in the second round, Lamp also becomes the highest-drafted offensive lineman in Conference USA history.

Hardly any draft boards list Lamp slipping out of the first round.

Cornerback Joseph Jefferson was picked 74th by Indianapolis in 2002, the previous record for highest draft pick for a Western Kentucky Hilltopper.

The majority of final mock drafts have the Packers taking Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Watt, although a number of prognosticators still believe Lamp is a legitimate option at No. 29 overall.

This is one of the safer picks in the draft.

Dennis Swanson, the CEO of Lamps Plus, insists the partnership is about more than just Lamp's unique last name.

With teams not always in a rush to draft interior linemen in the first round, Lamp remains available.

One aspect that may hurt Lamp is his arm length. Lamp can really play guard and tackle well and he has the potential to learn center, so he can be a great utility guy for a line that needs improvement.

Because of his rare athleticism, McShay believes Lamp would fit in well with the Colts based on their offensive scheme. This isn't a very deep or good offensive line class, so unless Chris Ballard wants to take a mid-to-late round project player, addressing it early is a must (assuming he does indeed want to add a lineman).

They came out of Day 2 with Western Kentucky's Forrest Lamp and Indiana's Dan Feeney, both of whom could have conceivably been selected one round earlier. The team is really still figuring out their o-line with the addition of Russell Okung from Denver last month and injury concerns with #1 right guard Donavan Clark.

Several other former Hilltoppers, most notably wide receiver Taywan Taylor, are also expected to either get drafted or signed by National Football League teams as free agents.

The first round begins tonight at 7 p.m. CT.

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