Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/18/13
Every year there is a player that comes along that every scout and player personnel staff can label a “can’t miss” prospect. There position won’t be the sexiest like a big time quarterback or sack specialist defensive, for the most part. The pick is usually a player in a thankless position, such as offensive line. This year’s can’t miss prospect is Chance Warmack from Alabama, a mauling offensive guard. Warmack was groomed in a NFL training ground of a college and is widely considered the best guard prospect to come out since Steve Hutchinson in 2001. There are some flaws to his game but ones that can be fixed by a veteran offensive line coach in the NFL.The bottom line on Warmack is that he is a plug and play offensive guard in the NFL right now and will give any team that drafts him 10 plus years of service. Warmack will most likely be invited to multiple Pro Bowls throughout his career and barring injury could go down as one of the best that there ever was in the NFL.Vitals Height: 6’2”Weight: 320 lbs.Position: Offensive GuardSchool: AlabamaClass: SeniorCollege Production / StatsStarted 40 straight games at left guardUnanimous All American in 2012First Team ALL-SEC in 2012, Second Team ALL-SEC in 2011.Member of three National Championship teams, starter on two of thoseStrengthsWarmack possess not only the weight room strength that you can see in his massive build, but also the functional strength that translates to the field.  He led a group of offensive lineman that potentially have three players who will be picked in the first two rounds (and a likely top ten pick in 2014) in pancake blocks with 37. Warmack has a controlled mean streak on the field and has a very rugged demeanor to him. He is a “throw back” player who would fit nicely in a team’s power run scheme, and even work himself into a zone scheme. Warmack has great feet for a big man, despite his slow 40 time at the Combine. His hand punch is exceptional and he always finishes blocks with a shove at the whistle.  Rarely does Warmack get beat and he has the best technique of any guard prospect coming out in 2013. Warmack possesses an unbelievable anchor and one of his best assets is that his core strength can eliminate a lot of power rushers in the NFL. Warmack moves people off the ball and changes the line of scrimmage. Not only does he have that mauling ability but he can get to the second level and out on screens.  He has the ability to pick up blitzers and plays with a great football IQ. Warmack is a once in a decade talent that will make an offensive line that much better when he is drafted. WeaknessesThe one thing that sticks out to me on Warmack is that he will rely on his strength at times too much and will get beat by quicker defenders. He does not have the elite size that you look for and only stands 6’2 but that is not a huge red flag. Warmack does not have the greatest athleticism but it is not something that cannot be worked on and will improve as he adjusts to the speed of the game. Warmack will at times stop his feet on contact and not always take the proper footwork on his assignments.He was not called for a lot of penalties in college; however I see a future problem with holding calls for Warmack. He has to punch inside defenders and not grab, as he does at times. Warmack can get tired easily and his condition is in question if you look at his body type. At times he will become a waist bender and not a knee bender and will lose his technique at times of physical exhaustion.  Can Warmack keep his weight in check? That is a question he is probably asked in every meeting he has been in. He never ballooned up to a high number but he does look a little sloppy in pads. He will need to keep his weight around 320 to 330 in order to stay efficient.Potential Landing SpotsThe Dallas Cowboys want Chance Warmack bad. Not only do they want him, but they NEED him. Unfortunately they pick at 18 in the first round and I believe will have to trade up in order to get him. The highest I think Warmack can go is pick seven to the Arizona Cardinals. Arizona needs to solidify that line, but they could also go with the quarterback or offensive tackle that they desperately need.The Tennessee Titans signed the best available free agent guard in Any Levitre, but they still need a ton of help on the line. Head coach Mike Munchak is a Hall of Fame guard and could spot similar talent in Warmack in order to take him at pick 10.If Warmack starts to fall past pick 11 than he will most likely be looked at hard by the St. Louis Rams at pick 16. The Rams have got to get better on the interior and Warmack offers that opportunity.Draft ProjectionHe is a lock as a first round pick. Warmack could go as high as pick seven to Arizona or as low as pick 18 to the Cowboys. More than likely Warmack will fall further into the first round because his position is not one of great value. I project that he will be picked between picks 10-15 in round one.NFL ComparisonThis is tough because I think Warmack is a better guard than the majority of the NFL starters. His physical nature and athletic ability remind me of a better Mike Iupati of San Francisco. If you look back in time he is a lot like his admitted favorite player Larry Allen of Dallas Cowboy fame. Lofty comparison but what can you say about the guy and his potential? 
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