As of right now it would be a surprise if the Houston Texans don’t take a quarterback or offensive tackle in the first round.
Over the past couple of months a lot of mock drafts from around the web have the Houston Texans going with Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes or offensive tackles Garrett Bolles or Ryan Ramczyk.
This one is a first.
Danny Kelly of The Ringer posted his first mock draft of the offseason and he has the Houston Texans using the 25th overall pick on offensive lineman Forrest Lamp.
"Xavier Su’a-Filo and Jeff Allen were liabilities for Houston last year, so the Texans address the interior offensive line with the barrel-chested Lamp. The former Hilltopper brings the potential to play either interior spot, and because of his Go-Go Gadget arm growth from the Senior Bowl to the combine, could even compete for a spot at right tackle opposite Duane Brown."
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Many people have been raving about Lamp. Especially Mike Mayock of the NFL Network. But I’m not sure he’s a first round talent due to the fact that he may not be good enough to play tackle in the NFL.
Lamp is the 17th ranked prospect on Daniel Jeremiah’s big board.
"Lamp carries weight well on his 6-foot-4 frame. He excelled at offensive tackle in college, but I believe it would be in his best interest to move inside to guard at the next level. This is one of the more technically sound linemen you’ll see at the college level. He is quick out of his stance and he bends really well. He keeps his hands in tight and consistently stays on balance. He is always very patient and doesn’t overextend. In the run game, he runs his feet on contact and generates movement at the point of attack. He was lights-out against Alabama. His lack of ideal height and length could be an issue in the NFL but that would be alleviated with a move to guard. Overall, Lamp is very strong, consistent and reliable, which should allow him to get on the field right away."
With this year’s crop of offensive lineman not blowing everyone away, if Lamp is only good enough to play guard in the NFL, he may not be worth taking in the first round.
When it comes to first round, it’s all about getting value for your pick. Not necessarily drafting according to need.
It wouldn’t be smart for the Texans to draft a player like Lamp when there are questions about whether he’s good enough to play tackle.