Draft week is finally upon us, and with all eyes on the Giants and who they will select in the first round, mock drafts continue to show varying predictions ranging from tight ends to offensive linemen to linebackers.
However, when looking at the most pressing needs for Big Blue, it’s most likely that they’ll draft an offensive lineman, and Western Kentucky's Forrest Lamp figures to be an accurate prediction for their first pick at 23.
Lamp has been a player who has gone to the Giants in plenty of mock drafts, and the 2016 All-Conference USA selection is about as NFL-ready as any player in the draft. He has the versatility to play multiple positions up and down the line, which the Giants have had to do over the past few seasons due to injuries.
He’s a smart player who reads stunts well, and brings solid technique, athleticism and strength to the table. Lamp played a majority of his games at Western Kentucky at left tackle the past two seasons, which gives him the potential to fill in at left tackle if the team decides to move Ereck Flowers to right tackle down the road.
That should make the Giants favor him over drafting a tackle like Garett Bolles from Utah, who lacks some of the skill-set and versatility to play at an interior position on the line.
Much like Ereck Flowers, Lamp is an instant, plug-in and play solution at guard or potentially tackle, that warrants a first-round selection. He may not be the fan-favorite that an O.J. Howard or a David Njoku would be, but he’ll fill a top priority for the Giants.
For that reason, Lamp will be receiving a call from general manager Jerry Reese and head coach Ben McAdoo during the first round, letting him know that he’ll have the chance to fulfill his NFL aspirations in New York.