It may be thought of as one of the deepest areas in this year’s draft class, but that doesn’t devalue quality at the interior offensive line positions. Many feel that starting caliber players could be found through the middle rounds of this year’s draft, and they could quite easily be correct in that assumption. Obviously the St. Louis Rams have already made a big addition (both literally and figuratively) to their offensive front in signing Jake Long this offseason, but they could certainly use more help on the interior. Here is a name worth paying attention to.
Chance Warmack, Guard
It’s hard to list all of the positive things about a player of Warmack’s caliber; he truly is a can’t miss prospect. For his massive size, Warmack is incredibly light on his feet and agile moving laterally. He has a terrific first step and gets to the second level quickly to pave the way downfield with sustained blocking. His technique is basically flawless from footwork to hand positioning. One thing that sets Warmack apart is his football intelligence which is off the charts, understanding how to set up his blocks and where to lead defenders in his grasp. There is no doubt that his talent is among the top five players in this draft if not at the very top of the heap.
If you can call this a negative, he is just a guard. That will likely prevent him from being drafted appropriately based on talent compared to the others in this draft class. It’s very hard to find any chinks in Warmack’s armor, but if there is one it would be the lack of versatility. Given his lack of height along with his less than spectacular arm length, Warmack is likely limited to the interior line positions. As I said it’s really hard to find any on-field weakness, but in terms of depth chart maneuverability, that is really the only possible flaw.
WHY DOES HE FIT?
There really isn’t a better fit for a Jeff Fisher coached team than a road-grader offensive guard that can pave the way for ball carriers. This Rams’ depth chart is lacking at the guard position with the versatile Robert Turner now gone. Plugging Warmack in immediately as a starter would instantly turn the interior offensive line into a strength with last year’s free agent prize in center Scott Wells.
The Rams don’t need many more pieces to have a really dynamic offensive attack, but adding Warmack would present incredible value in the middle of the first round and could give quarterback Sam Bradford enough time to find his open receivers. If he falls to the Rams at number 16 overall, it’s hard to imagine there being any hesitation whatsoever.