But will first-year general manager Chris Ballard instead go with the best available player — even if it means selecting an offensive lineman in the first round for a second straight year?
McShay acknowledges there will still likely be some big names available on the defensive side of the ball when the Colts pick, but it’d be hard to go against a player with Lamp’s abilities up front on offense:
“Rebuilding the offensive and defensive lines has to be a priority for the Colts,” McShay wrote. “Edge rushers such as Takkarist McKinley or Charles Harris could make sense here, but Lamp is the best all-around offensive lineman in this draft. He played left tackle in college, but projects as a guard in the NFL. Flip on his tape against Alabama. This kid is for real.”
McShay has been consistent with his Colts picks so far in his mock drafts, as earlier in the offseason he projected the team could go with Alabama tackle Cam Robinson. But in his most recent mock draft, McShay has Robinson falling all the way to 31st overall to the Atlanta Falcons.
Lamp certainly has the size — 6 foot 4, 309 pounds — to thrive as an inside presence on the Colts’ offensive line, and, according to his NFL.com Draft Profile, an AFC executive was quoted by Lance Zierlein as saying Lamp is “the real deal.”
“If he can snap, you could get away with playing him all up and down the line,” said that unnamed executive. “Great feet, strong, smart.”
Zierlein, who compared Lamp to All-Pro Dallas Cowboys guard Zach Martin, said Lamp “has the athleticism to handle athletic interior rushers while being able to fit into diverse rushing attacks that ask more from the guards and centers.”
“His ability to potentially line up at tackle, guard or center will only increase his value,” Zierlein wrote.
If the Colts went with Lamp, as previously mentioned, he would become the team’s second straight offensive lineman selected in the first round, joining center
Perhaps the best place for a guy like Lamp in Indy would be at right guard, where the team has quite a few candidates, as well as at right tackle, hoping to secure a starting job in 2017. One might believe
Other options currently include
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