Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Prospect Profile: OG Chance Warmack - Alabama

Alabama Profile:

Name:  Chance Warmack
Height:  6' - 3"
Weight:  320 lbs.
Class:  Senior
Hometown:  Atlanta, GA
Date of Birth:  9/14/91  (21 years old)
High School:  Westlake (teammate of Cam Newton)

Season Summaries:

2012 Sr. Year:  Started all 14 games at LG, completing a career that included 39 starts overall.  SEC Academic Honor Roll.  Unanimous 1st Team All-American by AFCA, FWAA, Walter Camp, AP, Sporting News and Sports Illustrated, as well as unanimous 1st Team All-SEC by Coaches and Media.  Outland Trophy watch list and quarter-finalist for Lombardi Award (top lineman or linebacker).  Only missed 7 assignments in 728 snaps, and only allowed 3.5 sacks in 287 pass attempts.  Lead the Tide with 37 pancake blocks.  Season average grade of 89.4.  Helped lead the Tide to their 3rd National Championship in 4 years while opening holes for RBs Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon to career highs (184 and 153 respectively) in the SEC Championship vs. Georgia.  

2011 Jr. Year:  Started all 13 games at LG.  Honorable Mention All-American by Pro Football Weekly.  Second Team All-SEC by Coaches.  Helped block for an Alabama offense that was 16th in the Nation in rushing (214.5 yds/gm), 20th in scoring offense (34.9 pts/gm), and 26th Nationally in sacks allowed with 1.31 sacks/gm.

2010 So. Year:  Started all 13 games at LG.  Alabama ranked Nationally at 22nd in total offense, 29th in rushing offense, 27th in passing and provided time for the Nation's 4th best passer in terms of passing efficiency.  

2009 Fr. Year:  Saw action in 5 games at Guard as a true freshman, including time against Arkansas and Mississippi State.

2012 Senior Year Highlights (#65 LG):

2011 Junior Year Highlights (#65 LG):

2010 Sophomore Year Highlights (#65 LG):

Positives (+):
+ Where to start?  Compact, powerful, upper and lower body strength are above average
+ PBS, Inside Zone killer, will pop and drive defenders back off the ball consistently for 4 quarters
+ Excellent combo blocker, peels off and shifts to second level with fluidity
+ Above average second level blocker, gets to point of attack, squares up and sticks to LBs
+ Pass pro is solid, stout at initial contact, anchors well, and shifts well laterally
+ Tenacious and opportunistic blocker, will hustle down field to find another block and will finish his man to the ground at every chance he gets, punishes defensive linemen tied up with offensive tackles with big hits
+ Disciplined in pass pro, maintains ground and doesn't get confused by stunts and blitzes
+ Strong puller, shifts easily and pushes upfield to meet LBs in the hole with heavy violence
+ Heady, Academic All SEC
+ Heavy hands with great pop
+ A three year starter at LG, played as a true freshman, lots of durable experience for 'Bama

Negatives (-):
- Can play a little high, but his hands and technique tend to compensate
- Needs to cover the belly
- Played on the best Offensive Line in College Football, had excellent help at Center and Left Tackle which may be masking small flaws in his game, but there aren't many

NFL Analysis:
It's rare, but Warmack is the most complete prospect for his position in the 2013 NFL Draft.  His size and technique are ideal, his game tape is phenomenal, he helped the Tide win 3 National Championships during his 4 years in Tuscaloosa, and he was even honored as a top student-athlete in the SEC.  Warmack is far and away the best OG in the 2013 Draft Class.  Comparatively in 2012, Stanford's David DeCastro was also the top OG in the Class and was drafted 24th Overall by the Steelers.  Unfortunately, DD suffered a season ending knee injury early and will be on the comeback in 2013.  OG isn't considered a value pick high in the Draft, but Warmack could very well be taken in the Top 10 if Joeckel and Fisher and/or Lane Johnson all go early to teams like Kansas City, Philadelphia and Arizona...San Diego is in the mix too for an Offensive Tackle.  With that in mind, teams looking to bolster their Offensive Lines will likely look for a franchise Left Tackle first and foremost...however, teams looking to pound the rock with more consistency will look to the highly polished Warmack early.

Outlook as a Raider:
Oakland is picking No. 3 Overall.  One would think that Reggie McKenzie isn't taking an OG at that position in the Draft...especially with Tony Bergstrom in the cut looking to fill in at LG or RT in 2013.  However, trade down scenarios present some interesting opportunities for Oakland to begin building a nasty dynasty up front.  Warmack is likely a No. 10-20 Overall prospect, depending on where the top Offensive Tackle talent falls in the Draft.  While the Raiders definitely need to get after the quarterback, it was clear that the run game regressed in 2012, either by design thank to Knapp, or by the fact that the Raiders are old and injured at OG.  Cooper Carlisle isn't getting any younger, and recently acquired ZBS RG Mike Brisiel just toughed out his second consecutive year with a major injury (ankle) that he just got surgery on.  New OC Greg Olson has stated that Oakland will likely return to the PBS in 2013 and help get McFadden back on track.  Warmack would be huge for Oakland as a plug and play LG with all the tools needed to get the Raiders back to running the ball successfully.

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