Chance Warmack Scouting Report: NFL Outlook for Alabama OG

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Chance Warmack Scouting Report: NFL Outlook for Alabama OG
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Chance Warmack

Tennessee Titans

First Round, 10th Pick

Having won two consecutive BCS National Championships, one must tip their cap to Alabama.

Strong defense and coaching were common denominators for the champions, but the play of the Crimson Tide's offensive line is not to be lost in the mix.

Consensus All-American guard Chance Warmack is one of the big uglies most responsible for keeping A.J. McCarron's jersey clean and clearing lanes wide enough for a Mack Truck.

Equally adept as a run- and pass-blocker, Warmack hopes to carry over the same success to the next level. But is he as special as the pundits have made him out to be? Let's take a closer look.

STRENGTHS WEAKNESSES
+ Mauling run blocker - Shorter than you would prefer at just 6'2"
+ Wide bodied with extremely long, 34.75" arms - Lacks versatility of others, is a guard prospect only
+ Reliable pass protector - Skill set does not translate to workout setting
+ Excellent balance, anchors very well

 

Tools

Chance Warmack is not going to win many over with his workouts in shorts, but this mauling guard excels in pads.

Though on the short side by NFL standards, he looks the part. He is built for power, short andsquatty at 6’2” 317 pounds, with a thick lower body and extremely long 34.75” arms.

While he is far from a track athlete, Warmack is light on his feet. He moves around the line very well and rarely, if ever, appears inferior against some of the best in the country.

 

Intangibles

Aside from being a dominant force on the field, Chance Warmack is also a staple in the locker room. A charismatic individual, he comes across as entertaining and personable in interviews.

Warmack held the responsibility of being a team captain for the Crimson Tide this past season.

By all accounts he seems like a wonderful person that will add a positive presence to an organization both on and off the field.

 

System

A three year starter at left guard, Chance Warmack was an integral part of the nation’s best offensive line. The power-based, man-blocking scheme used at Alabama helped emphasize some of his greatest strengths as a player. By his senior season, he was used frequently on the move, proving to be more than just a strong in-line blocker.

 

Pass Blocking

Chance Warmack has earned a reputation as an earth moving run blocker, but it is his pass blocking that makes him a truly complete guard prospect.

He sits comfortably in his stance, neutralizing pass rushers with a remarkable combination of length and balance. He also utilizes efficient footwork to mirror defenders, showing the ability to slide and anchor. 

Rarely will evaluators be able to find instances in which Warmack made a costly mistake.

Warmack helps provide QB A.J. McCarron with a clean pocket, sitting low in stance and using his length

 

Run Blocking

During Chance Warmack’s three years as a starter for the Crimson Tide, no offensive line did a better job at opening holes between the tackles.

A massive interior presence with tremendous strength, his forte is run blocking. He opens holes both at the line of scrimmage and at the second level, working to the whistle to extend plays.

Defenders are toast if Warmack gets his hands on them, as he engulfs them at the point of attack. Whether he is sealing or driving, defenders are simply unable to cope with his mass and power.

The Tennessee front parts like the Red Sea when Warmack drives from his left guard spot.

 

Blocking in Space/Recovery

One of the more surprising aspects of Chance Warmack’s game is his very effective blocking in space.

Though lacking elite foot quickness, he is light on his feet and nimble. He does a nice job of picking up blocks and playing to the whistle. Considering his mass, his ability to lock on down the field and blow up defenders at the second level is nothing short of impressive.

As is usually the case for Warmack, there are very few missteps. Sometimes he may not be able to get out quick enough to make a meaningful block, but he never appears clumsy in space or on an island.

Wawrmack's block on Manti Te'o at the second level helped open an enormous hole for RB Eddie Lacy in the BCS title game.

 

Handfighting/Technique

Consistent with other areas of his game, Chance Warmack is technically sound and makes few mistakes. As noted earlier, he sits comfortably in his stance, coming off the snap quickly and bending at the knee.

Once again, he uses his length to his advantage. Warmack locks out defenders utilizing long arms and appears under control. He has a mean streak, showing heavy hands in the trenches and packing a strong punch. He typically does a nice job of keeping his hands inside and avoiding penalties.

 

Future Role/Scheme Versatility

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One fact that will hurt him on draft day: he is strictly an offensive guard prospect. Unlike others, he will not be seen as one with the versatility to kick out to tackle or move inside to center.

 

Once you can get past his lack of versatility, you are able to appreciate just how special a guard prospect he is. Chance Warmack has the look of a future Pro Bowler and is a picture-perfect fit for a man-blocking scheme that emphasizes running between the tackles.

Alabama head coach, Nick Saban, had high praise for Warmack, saying he thought Chance could be the type of lineman that plays for over a decade.

 

Draft Projection: Top 20

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