Chance Warmack: How Will Titans Newest Offensive Guard Fare in the Pros?

Ryan McCrystalFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2013

Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell introduces offensive guard Chance Warmack (Alabama) as the tenth overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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With the 10th pick in the NFL draft, the Titans selected Alabama offensive guard Chance Warmack

Warmack and Jonathan Cooper become the first guards selected in the top 10 since 1997.


Pro Outlook

Warmack would immediately rank among the game's elite guards if he entered the league 20 years ago. He's a dominant blocker in the power run game, but the NFL has changed. 

While the Titans will likely build around Warmack in the short term, you have to wonder about his long-term potential if the team makes a coaching change. He isn't a scheme-versatile player, and his success will be dictated by the coaching staff.


Fantasy Outlook

If Chris Johnson doesn't rush for more than 1,500 yards this year, it's all on him. The additions of Warmack and free agent Andy Levitre give the Titans one of the most dominant interior offensive lines in the game. 

Based on every move the Titans have made this offseason, it's safe to assume they plan to run the ball early and often in 2013, which bodes well for those who own Johnson.


Roster Outlook

Warmack will immediately start at one of the two guard positions, with Levitre holding down the other starting spot. 

Both players are used to lining up at left guard, so Mike Munchak and his staff will have to determine where to line up each player during training camp.


Pick Analysis

The Titans clearly made their offensive line a priority this offseason, and they came away with the best free-agent guard and arguably the best guard in the draft. 

With the addition of Warmack, the Titans are perfectly positioned to take a step forward in 2013 by once again featuring a dominant running game.

Grade: A