The Tennessee Titans have already made it patently clear they weren’t happy with the guard position this offseason. After throwing close to $50 million at former Buffalo Bills left guard Andy Levitre, the Titans ostensibly have one remaining weak link on the offensive line at right guard.
Alabama‘s Chance Warmack made a name for himself as the 2013 NFL Draft‘s best guard prospect by playing on the left side, but Levitre has shown enough versatility in the past to suggest he could potentially move if the Titans weren’t comfortable having Warmack switch.
Since Chris Johnson‘s 2,000-yard season in 2009, the Titans’ Pro Football Focus run-block grade has vacillated between mediocre and awful in the three years since. Erstwhile great guard Steve Hutchinson appeared to be heading down the other side of the hill in 2012 before departing this offseason, and the other guard spot left much to be desired — Leroy Harris and Deuce Lutui both manned right guard for eight games last season to poor results.
Enter Warmack, who possesses as good a shot as any guard of sneaking into the top 10 for the first time since the 1990s. He plowed the way for Heisman Trophy-winner Mark Ingram, third-overall draft pick Trent Richardson and last year’s dominant Eddie Lacy–T.J. Yeldon backfield.
Warmack uses excellent leverage to drive lineman back in the run game and possesses the lateral movement to hold his own in pass protection, despite giving up 3.5 sacks last season.
Especially important is that you can generally expect consistency from the 6-foot-3, 325-pound bulldozer. Warmack amassed 39 career starts over three years and only committed two penalties in his senior year. Combined with Levitre, center Fernando Velasco and tackles Michael Roos and David Stewart, Warmack could provide the final piece that returns Tennessee’s offensive line to elite status.