The Miami Dolphins will go to great lengths to unearth information about potential draft choices.
“Yeah, everybody (in Miami’s front office) asked me about Forrest Lamp,” Doughty said this week. “He’s a good player. I would put my neck out for Forrest. He’s a good person and a good player. And I think he’d really help our team. So hopefully on draft day we get him, if not it is what it is.”
Doughty said Lamp met his girlfriend at his wedding.
“It would be cool for me and my wife,” Doughty said. “His girlfriend is actually my wife’s best friend. So she’d have a little companion… The guy is a hard worker. There are 32 teams so who knows what’s going to happen. We’ll see.”
The Dolphins are heavily favored to draft a defensive player with the 22nd pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday night. But if somehow Lamp were to slide to them, he is perhaps the one offensive player who would be most intriguing.
Lamp, 6-feet-4, 305 pounds, had a very strong performance for Western Kentucky at left tackle against Alabama last season, which greatly improved his stock.
According to a scouting report by NFL.com, Lamp has “nimble feet,” “uses short, controlled punch in the run game,” has “clever hands in pass protection,” and “the athleticism to handle athletic interior rushers.”
Lamp projects to guard in the NFL and many scouts have compared his skill set to Zack Martin of the Dallas Cowboys (16th overall, 2014).
“Versatility adds value,” Lamp told the Palm Beach Post at the Senior Bowl. “They’ll only dress seven offensive lineman in the NFL. So if you can play all three positions, which is my goal eventually, you are really valuable to a team.”
The Dolphins have used first-round draft choices on offensive linemen Mike Pouncey, Ja’Wuan James and Laremy Tunsil in recent years, all expected to be top-notch starters this year. But Miami could use more depth and youth at the guard position with veterans Jermon Bushrod and Ted Larsen as current projected starters.
Also, if Pouncey’s hip issues were to create another problem during the 2017 season, Larsen could slide to center and Miami could then have a glaring need at guard. In fact, it may be a surprise if Miami doesn’t draft a guard and/or center by the end of the third round of the NFL Draft on Friday night.
At a recent pre-draft news conference, Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier did not dismiss the idea of drafting a guard in the first round, though it’s not very common.
“If a guy is a good player and he’s there and we’re comfortable with everything in terms of the football intelligence, the toughness, the passion for the game, we’ll take him,” Grier said. “You always hear, ‘You can always find offensive linemen and guards especially, late in the draft.’ But I think if you pass up on (Pro Football Hall of Fame guard) Larry Allen sitting there in the second round or something because you think you’ll get him later, that’s a huge mistake.
Doughty has been speaking with Lamp regularly in the run-up to the draft, sharing his experience. For Doughty, who grew up in Davie — site of Dolphins training camp — a draft call from the hometown team last year was a special experience.
“I tried to stay as calm as I could inside when Chris Grier called me but inside I was jumping for joy,” Doughty recalled. ” I remember by brother had a Dolphins shirt on three days in a row when I got drafted. So that was kind of cool.”