Rumors are swirling that the Detroit Lions might trade up or down in the 2013 NFL Draft. If the team trades out of the fifth spot, I expect them to take Chance Warmack later in the first round. The guard from Alabama University fills a need and will give the team a starter right away.
So if Warmack could be a starter, why not take him with the number five overall pick? No guard has been drafted in the top ten picks since the 1997 NFL Draft. Teams are unwilling to commit large money to guards for some odd reason.
Warmack is considered the best available guard in the draft. The Lions need a guard after releasing right guard Stephen Peterman. In the last three seasons, Peterman started all 48 games. The Lions also lost left tackle Jeff Backus to retirement and right tackle Gosder Cherilus to free agency. This leaves the offensive line as one of, if not the biggest need for the Lions in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Warmack was named All-SEC and an All-American in his junior 2012 season. In 2011, Warmack was also named to the second team for All-SEC. Warmack has experience, after starting 40 games for Alabama. Warmack was a high recruit for Alabama. At Westlake High School, Warmack spent his freshman and sophomore seasons blocking for quarterback Cam Newton.
The Lions welcomed Warmack to Detroit as one of their thirty allotted pre-draft visits. I have the Lions taking Eric Fisher with the fifth pick in my final mock draft. If Fisher isn’t there, expect the Lions to trade back and have Warmack in their sights. In my December first round mock, I had Warmack going 11th overall.