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NFL Draft 2013: Chance Warmack, Jonathan Cooper Could Benefit From Rookie Cap

Oct 27, 2012; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Chance Warmack (65) lines up to block during the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Two of the most talented players in the 2013 NFL Draft class happen to come from a position that generally is not drafted in the upper third of the first-round. This year, Alabama’s Chance Warmack and North Carolina’s Jonathan Cooper happen to both grade out as top ten talents, but will anyone want to draft an interior lineman so high?

Normally, the answer would be no. But this year, the answer could be an overwhelming yes.

With no elite skill position players in the draft class, Warmack and Cooper could both be drafted in the top ten where they belong. This may seem like a sign of a weak draft class, but it could be a sign of things to come thanks to the rookie cap.

[RELATED: interview with Chance Warmack]

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew says that the rookie cap makes it more sensible than ever to select a guard high in the draft.

This is great news for Warmack and Cooper.

“I think if you go back and look five, six years ago with the way the rookie contracts were structured, the idea of taking a guard that high just made no sense at all,” Mayhew said, via

“I think, if ever there was a time for a guard to go early, it would be this year with the caliber of the two guys that are coming out and with the way the rookie contracts are structured right now.”

Opinions vary on whether Warmack or Cooper happens to be the better prospect, but the belief is growing that both men may be gobbled up in the first round.

We like Cleveland or Arizona as a good fit for Warmack, While Cooper would make great sense in Buffalo or Tennessee. Just how high will the guards be drafted? Our answer is just days away.

Topics: 2013 NFL Draft, Chance Warmack, Jonathan Cooper

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