Chance Warmack to Titans: How Does Guard Fit with Tennessee?

Zach LawContributor IApril 25, 2013

I'm not sure the jersey is big enough.
I'm not sure the jersey is big enough.Al Bello/Getty Images

The Titans didn't have to sweat out their pick, as Chance Warmack fell to the No. 10 slot. Chris Johnson had nice things to say about the pick.

Last year was not a good one for the Titans at guard. There's a reason why players like Leroy Harris are still free agents. Chris Johnson rarely could find a hole and Jake Locker didn't have enough time to throw.

Chance Warmack has four years' experience in a pro-style offense, and three of those were at left guard. The transition to right guard shouldn't be too much of a problem.

While it seems a little too cute for a Hall of Fame guard to preside over the first top-ten guard selected by the franchise since Bruce Mathews in 1983, Warmack is an elite prospect. Mike Mayock had Chance as his No. 4 overall player. 

The Titans had a choice of Warmack or one of the top defensive tackle prospects, Sharrif Floyd, Star Lotulelei, or Sheldon Richardson. It was a simple matter of taking the more scarce position and of course, the better player.

The pick is not just a good move for the team. It gives them an elite option in one of their toughest matchups against a hated rival. Chance Warmack's going to face off against J.J. Watt early and often. Fans of "in the trenches" play are going to get their money's worth in those two games.

It doesn't hurt that Warmack is from Georgia and played at Alabama. Getting a local guy who's also one of the best 2013 draft prospects is exactly what this beleaguered franchise needs. 

If Fernando Velasco can show consistency at the center position, the Tennessee Titans will have a steady offensive line for at least the next two years, and fans have to love that.