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2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Chance Warmack

  • Chance Warmack, 6-2/317

  • Guard

  • Alabama

  • Chance Warmack Scouting Report
    By Charlie Campbell

  • Elite run-blocker
  • Absolute road grader, and devastating on the ground
  • Tremendous short-area quickness
  • Great at hitting blocks on the second level
  • Excellent pass-protector
  • Mirrors speed-rushers
  • Anchors well
  • Stonewalls bull rushes
  • Powerful drive-blocker
  • Great at pulling
  • Intelligent
  • Great technique with hand placement
  • Textbook knee bend
  • Rock-solid pass-protector
  • Winner at collegiate level
  • Excellent in short yardage
  • Great feet
  • Strong hands
  • Sustains blocks
  • Durable
  • Should be able to start immediately
  • Experienced & dominant against the best college talent
  • Good at adjusting to blitz pickup
  • Scheme versatile
  • Upside
  • High floor
  • Athletic

  • Weaknesses:
  • Slightly shorter than teams prefer

  • Summary: There are some like NFL Network's Mike Mayock who believe Warmack is the best player in the 2013 NFL Draft. That is lofty praise for an interior offensive lineman, but Warmack was a dominant force during his collegiate career.

    Warmack broke into the starting lineup in 2010. The sophomore did an excellent job opening holes in the ground game from the start. Over his junior and senior seasons, he improved his pass protection to be equally effective in preventing pressures. Warmack did a tremendous job in his junior season of opening up running lanes for Trent Richardson as a good defense and tough ground attack carried Alabama to a National Championship.

    In 2012, Warmack was an absolute force for the Crimson Tide in a repeat title run. He blasted open holes in the ground game throughout the year. Warmack concluded the season by playing his best football. Against Georgia, Alabama had a lot of success pulling Warmack around the right side to open up holes for Eddie Lacy. Warmack was beaten for a sack by Bulldogs defensive tackle John Jenkins, a potential first-round pick, and that was the only sack this writer recalls Warmack allowing in his senior season.

    In the National Championship game against Notre Dame, Warmack put on a clinic. Not only did he own the line of scrimmage against some good Fighting Irish defensive linemen, but he was equally awesome at springing Lacy with blocks on the second level. Warmack had a lot of success taking out Irish linebacker Manti Te'o. The superb game by Warmack capped off a great career.

    Warmack should be an immediate starter in the NFL and an asset in the run game. He should upgrade his team's ground offense. Warmack can blow defensive tackles out of their gap to open up running lanes. He is also great at pulling or firing off the line to hit blocks on linebackers.

    The NFL is a passing-driven league and Warmack should be a reliable quarterback-protector quickly. He will have a bigger adjustment getting used to pro speed-rushers than he will in the ground game, but Warmack is so quick, strong and athletic that it shouldn't be long before he is rock-solid in pass protection. Bull rushes are completely ineffective against him as he has a powerful base with strong hands and great knee bend. While Warmack is shorter than the ideal, it can be an advantage with natural pad level against taller defensive linemen.

    It shouldn't be long before Warmack is a challenger for the Pro Bowl, which could happen as soon as his rookie year. He has the upside and skill set to be one of the best guards in the NFL. Warmack is a very safe pick and that is why he looks capable of bucking the trend that keeps guards outside of the top-20 picks.

    Player Comparison: Logan Mankins. Warmack looks similar to the balanced and efficient style of play that Mankins has featured in the NFL since 2005. Mankins (6-4, 310) is similar size to Warmack with the ability to push around defensive linemen. Mankins is very well-rounded as he is equally effective in the ground game and the passing game. Both players have a unique combination of power and mobility. Warmack dominated the college level in a fashion that Mankins has in the NFL. Mankins was the last pick in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft, and if it was redrafted, he would have gone a lot higher than pick No. 32. It looks like Warmack will be a top-20 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

    NFL Matches: Cleveland, Tennessee, St. Louis, Dallas, New York Giants, Chicago

    There are lot of teams in the first round that are candidates to take Warmack in the top-20 selections. The highest that he could hope to go would be to the Browns at the sixth-overall pick. Cleveland could reunite Warmack with Trent Richardson, and the Browns could use a road grader like Warmack in front of their franchise back.

    Tennessee signed Andy Levitre in free agency to a big contract, but taking Warmack in the first round makes a lot of sense. With those two paving the way for Chris Johnson, the Titans would vastly improve a weak interior from 2012. Warmack could easily land in Tennessee.

    The Rams need to improve their guards and could consider drafting Warmack at pick No. 16 or pick No. 22. St. Louis could get a nice value by landing the top-rated guard in the middle of the first round. Warmack with Jake Long would really upgrade the team's offensive line.

    Dallas had a terrible interior offensive line in 2012 and has to improve its protection for Tony Romo. The Cowboys like strong, physical offensive linemen and Warmack fits the team's style. If he falls to Dallas, it would be surprising to see him slip any further.

    The Giants also need some young talent on their offensive line. They need better run blocking and pass protection for Eli Manning. A blocker like Warmack would make a lot of sense for New York, but he probably won't get to the team's pick.

    The same goes for the Bears. They could use improved guard play, and it was surprising they passed on David DeCastro a year ago. Warmack would make sense for Chicago, but is unlikely to be available. It would be a real surprise if he falls out of the top 20.

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    wait a cotton picking minute 02-14-2014 01:07 am (total posts: 1)
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    those southern boys have skill speed and talent but they are about as dumb as a sack of door knobs.

    Mora 10-10-2013 01:54 pm (total posts: 1)
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    hello ms kat! ngayon ko lang po ulit naadlaw itong blog nyo. at ngayon ko lang nabasa yung sagot nyo na yon. wala po ako masabi super nosebleed. hehehe pero nasagot nman ng maayos yung question nya.ask ko lang po naka-deac po ba yung fb account nyo? miz ko na syang bisitahin. tsaka klan po yung release ni rys this may po ba?
    Gleyson 06-21-2013 09:07 am (total posts: 1)
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    don't you love the sudden rise in green bay fans????? and then they say it was a bowuolt not at all was that game a blow out if we scored a touchdown we would've won so idk how that's a bowuolt like if you agree with me
    Soujoud 06-20-2013 04:53 am (total posts: 1)
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    Basically, there are different dinivioss and most college football fans only care about Division I-A, which is known as the FBS. Other dinivioss are Div. I-AA (FCS), Div II and Div III. The FBS has six major conferences ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Big East, Pac-10, SEC. The conferences are, more or less, regionally divided/decided, i.e. most Big Ten teams are in the Midwest, most SEC teams are in the Southeast, etc. The team from these conferences that win the conference get automatic bids to BCS bowl games at the end of the season, and other teams from any FBS school can qualify for other less prestigious bowl games if they win 6 or 7 games out of 12 or 13 (no more than one win can come from a non-FBS school, or else you have to win 7). Usually, teams win their conference by winning a conference championship game at the end of the regular season, i.e. before bowl games. After the six big conference winners are picked, there are a few spots left in BCS bowl games that go to other teams ranked highly, often in the top 8. And there is a BCS championship game that has to take the teams ranked #1 and #2 in the BCS poll. There are five other FBS conferences Sun Belt, C-USA, MAC, MWC, WAC. And then independent teams that are not part of a conference. In theory, any team can play another one in one of 3-4 non-conference games. But in practice, it's about money and competition. Some teams don't want to schedule good teams non-conference. Also, FBS teams never really schedule outside of Division I. If you like USC, support USC. It's not really up to anyone else to tell you which team to support. But in the US, rooting interests usually are decided by what school the fan attended, i.e. I attended Michigan and am a Michigan fan, or where the fan is from.
    dave dorger 04-27-2013 05:38 pm (total posts: 1)
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    He plays a lot like another guy exactly the same size.....oh, what was his name....Terrell Davis or something or other. I wonder how that guy did in the NFL.
    You don't know your stuff very well.. 04-11-2013 11:32 am (total posts: 1)
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    LETHAL? gore, lethal in the passing game? really?
    FUNNYMAN4WI 04-11-2013 03:44 am (total posts: 1)
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    I think Jones is going to be a very good player in the NFL, very versatile. That's why I don't like the Jeff Saturday comparison. Saturday only played center. Barrett Jones can play any offensive line position. A better comparison would be Seattle Seahawk Max Unger.
    T.C. 04-10-2013 11:33 am (total posts: 1)
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    Jones is the Type of Player any Coach would want on his Team and I would love to see him on the Bucs.

    He will be a 12-15 Year NFL Player & will go to Multiple Pro-Bowls. He will be a Steal in the 2nd Round and an Ultimate Steal if slips into the 3rd!
    Lions koolaid 04-05-2013 08:58 am (total posts: 1)
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    I wish my detroit football lions would select both alabama interior offensive linemen high in this draft warmack in the first then jones in the second watch out league here comes the real reggie bush
    know my stuff 03-31-2013 04:25 pm (total posts: 1)
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    He doesnt remind me of frank gore at all. Gore is lethal in the passing game and lacy wont be. Lacy is alot more like michael turner before being banged up
    Charles Rouleau 03-22-2013 12:49 am (total posts: 1)
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    Make up your mind on his size. Top says 6-0 200 bottom says 5-11 190. Those are big differences to some.I think 5-11 190 is Joe Hadens size.
    SirA 03-21-2013 11:52 pm (total posts: 1)
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    There's even a very good article about why the Lions won't draft Milliner.

    I'm glad Charlie also realizes this.
    This -> 03-21-2013 08:55 am (total posts: 1)
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    "However, Detroit selected a lot of corners in the middle rounds last year, so the team could target the offensive line or defensive line instead of Milliner. Martin Mayhew hasn't shown an inclination to draft cornerbacks in the first round over linemen."

    I wish every other mock drafter realized, like you, that the Lions are already okay going into next year at CB and they value the trenches a lot more. It seems like mocking a CB to the Lions has become a national tradition the past few years.


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