WKU’s Forrest Lamp and Taywan Taylor enjoyed a successful first day of practice on Tuesday at the 2017 Reese’s Senior Bowl, held in Mobile, Ala., ahead of Saturday’s all-star game.
Lamp and Taylor, both considered by professional scouts to rank among the top players at their position group, did not disappoint in their first practice with the South team, coached by the NFL’s Cleveland Browns.
“I thought (the first day) went well,” Lamp said. “It’s a little bit different because I’m playing guard and tackle down here, so I’m adjusting and learning a new offense is a little difficult but I’m looking forward to the next practice. Everything happens so much faster here so it’s something I’ll have to get used to.”
According to Pro Football Focus’ Jordan Plocher, whose team at PFF is providing position group breakdowns of each practice for the game, that versatility will serve Lamp well at the next level.
“The fact that he is able to get those reps in at two different positions, that’s pretty important,” Plocher said. “When you’re talking about the NFL and where it’s different from college, a guy like Forrest who can play multiple positions can save you a roster spot. He can maybe be a swing tackle or play the interior and pivot. Even as a rookie, I think someone could plug him in. When you’re dealing with just a 53-man roster and you have a guy like that who could possibly play five different spots, that’s a big feather in the cap. That can save an NFL team money and a roster spot.”
For Taylor, WKU’s all-time leading receiver, the opportunity to showcase his ability with some of the nation’s top players made for an exciting time as he prepared to come to Mobile.
“There are a lot of good players out here – everyone is competing so that makes for a good environment,” Taylor said. “We just came out, tried to learn and get better. The (NFL) coaches are giving everyone a good feel for what to expect at the next level, take mental reps and get better.”
It won’t be unusual for Taylor to match up against the nation’s best as WKU routinely schedules some of college football’s toughest teams, including a visit to then-No. 1 Alabama this season. That trip to Tuscaloosa, Taylor said, made him all the more ready for what is still to come in the NFL.
“Those games definitely got me ready,” Taylor added. “There are very good players out here and I was ready for it. I can’t wait to get back out here tomorrow for the next practice.”
WKU will continue to be active across social media throughout the week as Lamp and Taylor work towards Saturday’s game, set for a 1:30 p.m. CT kickoff from Ladd-Peebles Stadium and broadcast on the NFL Network.
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