Forrest Lamp, drafted by Chargers, is WKU’s highest-ever NFL draft pick

SARASOTA, Fla. – He contributed to WKU’s first-ever FBS bowl appearance. He started
on WKU’s first-ever bowl championship team. He captained WKU’s first-ever FBS
conference championship. And on Friday, Forrest Lamp became WKU’s highest-ever draft
selection when he was selected No. 38 overall by the Los Angeles Chargers in the
2017 NFL Draft.

Forrest Lamp works out during the Western Kentucky University pro day on Feix Field recently. (Photo courtesy of Steve Roberts / WKU Athletics)

From Sarasota, near his native Venice, Fla., Lamp received the phone call from the
Chargers at 7:35 p.m. ET as he became WKU’s first-ever second round pick and learned
where his NFL career would begin. It was a culmination of years of hard work and
effort for Lamp to reach this milestone, both for his family and for the

Lamp becomes the 32nd draft selection in program history and the first Hilltopper to
be taken by the Charges. Prior to Lamp’s selection, cornerback Joseph Jefferson set
the standard for draft selections on The Hill when he was taken in the third round
(No. 74 overall) by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2002 draft.

Over his four-year career on The Hill, Lamp started all 51 games he played in
including a stretch of 39 straight at left tackle. A model of consistency both in
health and fundamentals, Lamp missed just two games in his career, those coming
during the Hilltoppers’ 2016 championship campaign.

The former All-American is also the highest-ever draft selection among Conference
USA offensive linemen and only the second second-round selection the league has
produced at the position in its 20-plus years. He made history as WKU’s first USA
Today All-American in 2016, earning second team honors from the publication. Prior
to Lamp’s selection at No. 38, Houston’s Sebastian Vollmer was the highest C-USA
offensive lineman at pick 58 to the Patriots in 2009.

A two-time team captain, Lamp did not allow a single sack over his final two seasons
on The Hill despite the Hilltoppers throwing a total of 1,025 passes. He allowed
just five quarterback pressures in his final season as he cemented his position as
one of the nation’s top offensive linemen.

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