Alabama’s Chance Warmack: 2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report
What I like-There’s never anything wrong than a fat guy in a little shirt. The fact Warmack intentionally wears a jersey too small is sort of him in a nutshell as a player too. Just like his gut hanging out of his jersey makes some uncomfortable, his game is intended to make everyone in front of him uncomfortable. It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed watching a guard block like I do Warmack. I love that he’s not so tall that he loses his leverage, and while he’s praised for his raw power, his power is not without polish. He’s very strong in assignment football, rarely misses on a play and is a finisher.
Coming back to Warmack’s strength. This kid is a powerhouse. His upper body is as strong as any in this draft, and once he extends and gets his hands out he locks on, and then drives with that low center of gravity. Warmack’s teammate Barrett Jones gets a lot of pub for what he’s done in his college career, but looking back you see that often times Warmack was asked to help on Jones’ man, and he just leveled them. Sometimes as I reviewed Warmack’s games, I felt like I was watching just a few plays on a loop because he is so consistent. Just play after play, great technique, impressive power, and near dead on assignment football. Whether he has to pull or read a stunt or pick up a blitzer, it’s just right every time. Not many offensive linemen can make a claim like that.
What I don’t like-This is a hard one for me, because I really see very few flaws in his game. I suppose one is he appears to be better suited for a man blocking scheme to plugging him into a zone scheme could present him with a learning curve. But I’m quibbling. It’s really challenging to punch any holes in what Warmack does. He won’t fit on every team, and how he handles the speed of NFL defenders remains to be seen, but for the most part Warmack looks the part from day one.
What it all means-I’ve read people refer to Warmack as the safest pick in this entire draft. I suppose on some level that might be the case, however when I think of a safe pick, I think of low risk, but not high reward. The payoff for whichever team drafts Warmack is going to be high. There is great debate between he and North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper as to which of the two guards is a better draft prospect. I continue to maintain that Warmack is better. Much better. The argument is made that Cooper’s footwork and technique are vastly superior and that makes up for Warmack’s advantage in strength, but I just don’t see it. Both players struggle at times getting too high and against huge tackles struggling, but much of what we do when we scout a player is not only to judge where they are now, but where they can go. For Warmack, I think the sky is the limit for him, and he could end up one of the top guards in the league very quickly.