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Draft Insider Tony Pauline progresses the possibility that Western Kentucky OL Forrest Lamp will move to C in the NFL.

Daniel Jeremiah first mentioned the possibility. We all know that Lamp is viewed as an interior offensive lineman, but center is quite different than guard. Cody Whitehair, Justin Britt and Mitch Morse all moved from tackle to center. Lamp will likely be a top 50 selection.
Feb 22 - 10:05 AM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes Western Kentucky WR Taywan Taylor is the No. 4 prospect in this class at his position.

Norris put those who rank Taywan outside of the top 15 at the position (hint: that is nearly everyone) on blast during last week's podcast, but he expects more to jump on the train after the NFL Combine. The top three receivers will be very similar for most evaluators, a combination of Corey Davis, Mike Williams and John Ross, but Norris views Taylor and Carlos Henderson as prospects No. 4 and 5.
Feb 16 - 11:42 AM

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah suggests some teams could view Western Kentucky OL Forrest Lamp as a C.

Cody Whitehair, Justin Britt and Mitch Morse recently made the transition from tackle to center, but few players and teams take on the task. There are plenty of guard projections for Lamp, but we aren't sure if he has after practiced snaps. He did play a few games at right guard as a freshman. He measured in with 31 1/8-inch arms at the Senior Bowl.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 9 - 11:11 AM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks was told by "several" evaluators that Western Kentucky WR Taywan Taylor is "a plug-and-play playmaker at the next level."

"He can do it all," said an AFC scout. "He is a natural pass-catcher who can run all of the routes. He can make plays on vertical throws or make it happen on catch-and-run tosses. Plus, he can play inside or outside in a pro-style scheme. I loved him on tape and like him even more after watching him down here. ... I'm just mad that the secret is out on my sleeper." Us, too. Us, too. Taylor is one of our favorite second-tier receiving prospects in this class. Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes his game is comparable to John Brown's.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 6 - 3:37 PM

Western Kentucky OL Forrest Lamp is already back to "full-go" following the ankle injury he sustained at the Senior Bowl, according to Dane Brugler.

That is a quick turnaround for Lamp, who suffered a high ankle sprain early during the week of practice. We even questioned if the injury could limit Lamp's NFL Combine performance, but it looks like Lamp will be full speed for Indianapolis.
Jan 31 - 11:42 AM

The Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers met with Western Kentucky WR Taywan Taylor.

Hat tip to Turron Davenport of Eagles Wire. Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes that Taylor's game is comparable to John Brown's. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Taylor went off for 98 receptions for 1,730 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2016.
Source: Draftwire
Jan 27 - 1:13 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that "[Western Kentucky WR Taywan] Taylor was good on Tuesday [in Senior Bowl practices], but really stood out on Wednesday."

Pauline highlights Taylor's smoothness as a route-runner and his ability to immediately work for extra yards after the catch. "His long arms and reach allow him to stay on his feet making catches both above his head and below his knees," Pauline writes, "and Taylor does a nice job fighting through contact and making contested catches." Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Taylor as the No. 4 prospect on hand at the Senior Bowl this week, while Pauline tags him as a fifth-round selection at this juncture of the process.
Jan 26 - 8:53 PM

Draftwire reports that Western Kentucky T Forrest Lamp (ankle) met with the Washington Redskins, Los Angeles Chargers and Tennessee Titans at the Senior Bowl.

Lamp is staying busy despite suffering a high ankle sprain in practices. That injury will keep him off the field for the game on Saturday. Lamp is currently projected as a late-Rd. 1 or early-Rd. 2 prospect.
Source: Draftwire
Jan 26 - 3:02 PM

Western Kentucky T Forrest Lamp will miss the Senior Bowl after suffering a high ankle sprain in practice.

In a statement, Lamp's agent Erik Burkhardt indicated that Lamp would have played through the injury had it occurred during the season. Burkhardt wrote that the ankle "swelled up on him pretty significantly." It's too early to speculate about Lamp's Combine availability, but it's a situation to monitor. Lamp will remain in Mobile to participate in the non-playing aspects of the all-star event. Lamp, ranked No. 30 overall by CBS Sports, has drawn comparisons to Dallas Cowboys All-Pro guard Zack Martin.
Jan 26 - 1:17 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris thinks Western Kentucky WR Taywan Taylor's game is "on the same spectrum as John Brown['s]."

"He can get downfield, adjust to off-target passes, win after the catch and even shows a willingness to go up for the ball, even if he doesn't always win in that area," Norris wrote of Taylor. Norris is exceedingly high on Taylor, ranking him as the Senior Bowl's fourth-best prospect. Our analyst spoke to a director of college scouting at Shrine Games practices about Taylor. The response?: "You are looking in the right place."
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 25 - 12:37 PM

Western Kentucky hired Indiana State CB coach Maurice Crum to serve as LB coach.

Crum, a former Notre Dame linebacker, was on staff with Kansas from 2012-2014. In 2015, he accepted a job as a graduate assistant with the Irish. He then moved on to coach Indiana State's corners during the 2016 campaign. Now, onward to Western Kentucky, where he will work under newly-minted HC Mike Sanford Jr.
Jan 10 - 6:16 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that Western Kentucky has hired Boise State passing-game coordinator Junior Adams to serve as offensive coordinator.

The Hilltoppers continue to forge a coaching staff under new head honcho Mike Sanford, who replaced Jeff Brohm, who took the open head-coaching position at Purdue. Adams had served as Boise State's WR coach over the past three seasons and took on passing-game coordination duties for the past season. In 2016, he helped guide QB Brett Rypien to a 3,646-yard season.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 03:15:00 PM

Western Kentucky hired Oklahoma director of high school recruiting Steve Spurrier Jr. to serve as QB coach.

Spurrier Jr. initially landed with Oklahoma last winter, eventually settling into a role as director of high school recruiting and offensive specialist. Prior to joining the Sooners, Spurrier Jr. had served on the staff of former South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier for 11 years. As the name would indicate, Spurrier Jr. is the son of the Ol' Ball Coach.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 03:40:00 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt junior QB Mike White completed 20-of-30 passes for 336 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Tuesday's 51-31 win over Memphis in the Boca Raton Bowl.

No Jeff Brohm, no problem for the Hilltoppers, who shrugged off their head coach's jump to Purdue without losing a step. In Tuesday's victorious Boca Raton Bowl showing, White connected for touchdowns in each of the first three quarters. The 6-foot-5, 195-pounder has been a magnificent statistical performer this season, throwing for 4,363 yards with a 37/7 TD/INT ratio over the course of 14 games.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 06:53:00 PM

Western Kentucky caught nine passes for 144 yards and a touchdown in the school's 51-31 win over Memphis.

It was a quiet day for Taylor, which is saying something. The receiver creates a big play in practically every game he suits up for. We absolutely love Taylor's game, and he will be on full display in Mobile, AL for the Senior Bowl.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 08:58:00 AM


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