As we gear up for the 2013 NFL Draft, you will begin to see scouting reports on some of the hottest and most intriguing prospects in this year’s draft class. Prospects will have two remaining major chances to boost their draft stock — their school’s Pro Day and the NFL Scouting Combine. But while they can improve their stock at those events, the game film never lies. Let’s take a look at the tape.
The player in today’s scouting report is Alabama Crimson Tide guard Chance Warmack.
Warmack is one of the most talented offensive guard prospects to come around since Steve Hutchinson. For a testament to how great of a prospect Warmack is all you need to do is check out his draft projection. Guards aren’t a highly valued position early on in the draft, but there is a strong chance that the Alabama standout could hear his name called in the top ten of April’s draft.
But what is it that makes Warmack such a special talent? Let’s take a look at what we can learn from the film.
Player: Chance Warmack
- Incredibly light on his feet, outstanding footwork for a player his size
- Well-rounded; elite run blocker and very good pass blocker
- Great strength and push
- Recognizes blitzes
- Not a “heavy-legged waist bender”
- Excellent technique
- Still has upside
- NFL ready; could start from day one
- Can use his hands well
- Uses hips properly to sink in pass protection
- Great anchor, rarely loses ground
- Gets to the second level
- Finishes every block
- Very intelligent
- Can play in any scheme
- No health concerns
- Size; At 6-foot-2 his arms measure slightly shorter than teams would like to see
- Guard only
You have to love Chance Warmack. He is as safe of a prospect as you can get in this year’s draft class, but he still has room to grow as a player. Having played in the SEC throughout his college career, Warmack has plenty of experience against NFL talent and he has been dominant. Warmack is a player that can come in on day one and start on your offensive line, providing a boost to the unit as a whole. There is little doubt that he will be a staple on the offensive line for whoever drafts him over the next decade.
It is rare that you find a prospect as well-rounded as Warmack with so few flaws, so it comes as no surprise that teams in need of interior line help have their eyes on Warmack and consider him a top ten talent.
When it’s all said and done, expect Warmack to be the first guard since since Chris Naeole in 1997 to be drafted in the top ten.