Chance Warmack         OG       Alabama    Inline run blocker who flashes dominance in play and has all the tools to become a great player at the next level. His DNA (film) displays power and strength in the running game. Has good zone- and man-blocking skills set. Warmack has good feet and natural movement skills on pulling, trapping and turning up and attacking target at the second level;pulling outside box is not very effective, and production is spotty to sideline, his motor and production fades outside box. Will get caught flat-footed at times, but recovers. Long arms work as forklifts. A pass blocker with feet that slide laterally with ease, he redirects and reacts with good COD when threatened. Will wiff on movement vs hit and spin. Has wide base with strength and power to anchor, strong UOH (use of hands) to grab outside cloth to steer and drive defender, or double arm bar to bench press, creating good separation. When beat, works to regain leverage with hand replacement inside; pad level rises, however, and is walked backward. This player has very good size, girth and length for the position. Motor will idle at times, though. As a professional, this player will need to work through and beyond his comfort zone during off season workouts, conditioning and throughout the entire game. Softli – First round talent/first-round pick.

 

CHANCE WARMACK

Offensive Guard

University of Alabama Crimson Tide

#65

6:02.3-317

Atlanta, Georgia

Westlake High School

 

OVERVIEW

Media alert! If you are a sportswriter and the team you are covering happens to select the best offensive guard prospect in the 2013 draft, you are in for treat, as Chance Warmack is possibly one of the funniest and most talkative interview candidates you will find. Think Carlos Mencia meets George Carlin, wrapped up in a 320-pound package.

 

While the often colorful character and great locker room presence keeps all of his team-mates “loose,” on the field, he is 110% business. Warmack is a long-limbed athlete with solid upper body muscle tone and a frame that can carry at least another fifteen pounds of bulk with no loss in quickness. He has long, well-developed arms and strong hands to shock and jolt on contact.

 

Many scouts feel that Warmack might be the best pure guard prospect that college has developed since Michigan’s Steve Hutchinson was taken in the first round by Seattle in 2001. He is a smart, instinctive player who has the field smarts and instincts to set protection assignments and makes good adjustments on the move. He has no problems taking plays from the chalkboard to the playing field. He is excellent at recognizing and defeating the blitz and shows good alertness sliding back or pass blocking in space.

 

Warmack also excels at picking up twists and can switch off with ease vs. stunts. He is technique-oriented and it is rare to see him caught out of position. With his knowledge of blocking assignments and defensive schemes, he could also do a capable job of making blocking calls and possibly perform at center, as much like teammate Barrett Jones, he has the versatility and hand quickness to easily handle snapping duties.

 

Warmack has excellent toughness and shows a nasty streak while playing until the whistle. He is very aggressive and competitive on the field, but not the type that will get reckless and generate costly penalties (only flagged twice as a senior). He battles hard and shows very good consistency in attempts to finish. The thing you notice on game films is that he never backs down, showing good determination to finish each play.

 

The left offensive guard has largely been responsible for the tremendous success that the Tide has had moving the ball on the ground on the way to capturing three national titles during his time in the trenches. He is a classic mauler who can drive the man off the ball due to his lower body strength and hand punch, along with sinking his hips properly to make it difficult for opponents to walk him back.

 

The senior is very consistent using his hands to lock on and steer. He understands positioning very well and excels at neutralizing second level defenders. When he moves his feet on contact, he does a better job of wheeling his hips in attempts to control. He has the quickness to make reach blocks and knows how to use his size and power to create space and finish blocks.

 

Warmack demonstrates a forceful pop with his hands on contact and is knows how to keep his base wide in order to prevent the defender from shedding. He has fluid lateral kick slide, along with the foot speed to get back and defeat edge rushers. Has the balance to adjust on the move and with his foot quickness, he has no trouble mirroring the opponent.

 

Warmack does a good job of extending his arms and sliding his feet to maintain protection on the pocket. He is an aggressive cut blocker when working in space and has the short area slide to beat his man on stunts. He has effective lateral foot speed to cut down the edge rushers and a very good feel for positioning and mirroring vs. combo moves. His balance lets him redirect to sustain blocks and he is very consistent when playing in a phone booth.

 

Prior to joining the University of Alabama program, Warmack attended Westlake High School in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was an All-State offensive lineman. For his freshman and sophomore years, he was a teammate of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

Regarded as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was ranked as the 20th-best offensive guard prospect in his class and the 20th-best player in the state by that recruiting service.

 

ESPNU listed Warmack as the nation’s 16th-best offensive guard while Scout.com and Super Prep both ranked him at 45th. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Georgia Top 150 selection added All-American from Tom Lemming’s Prep Football Report after he averaged seven pancake blocks per game as a senior in 2008.

 

Warmack enrolled at the University of Alabama in January of 2009 after graduating from high school in December, 2008. He was also offered scholarships by Arkansas, Rutgers, Auburn and South Carolina, but wanted to play for head coach Nick Saban. By enrolling a semester early, he was able to participate in spring camp and that “jump start” helped him convince the coaching staff that he could contribute as a true freshman.

 

Warmack would appear in five games behind Barrett Jones at right offensive guard during his first season with the Tide. In 2010, he shifted to left guard, claiming the position where he would start in all thirteen games for the Crimson Tide. With thirteen touchdown-resulting blocks to his credit, he helped the offense rank 22nd in the nation with an average of 444.08 yards per game, clearing rush lanes used by individual ball carriers for five 100-yard performances during his first year as a starter.

 

In 2011, Warmack added All-American honorable mention and All-Southeastern Conference second-team accolades to his resume. Firmly entrenched as the Tide’s left guard, he went out clearing huge holes for a running attack that led the league and was 16th nationally with an average of 214.46 yards per game. Seventeen of the Tide running backs’ touchdowns came from key blocks executed by their left guard, as he helped Alabama produce ten 100-yard performances on the ground.

 

Warmack would extend his starting streak to 40 consecutive games while playing in all fourteen contests with the first unit in 2012. He was one of three Tide blockers to earn All-American and All-Southeastern Conference honors, helping the Tide win their third national championship since Nick Saban took over the program. He was credited with nineteen touchdown-resulting blocks, most coming for a ground attack that finished second in the league and 16th nationally with an average of 227.5 yards per game.

 

Warmack was invited to play in the 2013 Senior Bowl, but declined in order to prepare for the NFL Scouting Combine. Widely regarded as the best offensive guard prospect eligible for the draft, he could become the first player at his position to be selected within the top ten choices since Chris Naeole of Colorado was taken with the tenth pick in the 1997 draft by the New Orleans Saints.

 

CAREER NOTES

Warmack appeared in 45 games for Alabama, starting his final forty contests at left offensive guard after appearing in his first five college clashes as a reserve right guard…

Produced 49 touchdown-resulting blocks while clearing rush lanes for individual ball carriers that recorded 25 100-yard performances during Warmack’s time in the starting lineup…Also recorded 316 key blocks/knockdowns for the Tide.

 

2012 SEASON

Warmack was an unanimous first-team All-American selection…Also rated the best interior lineman eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft by The NFL Draft Report…Added All-Southeastern Conference first-team accolades…Was penalized twice on 805 offensive plays, pacing a veteran-filled front wall with 37 pancakes, a total of 128 knockdowns/key blocks and nineteen touchdown-resulting blocks, as the Lombardi Award (top lineman or linebacker) quarterfinalist allowed just 3.5 of the 23 sacks yielded by the front wall (Tide ranked 46th nationally with an average of 1.64 sacks allowed per game) on 315 pass plays…Graded 90% or better for blocking consistency in eight games, finishing with a season average of 89.94%, the highest grade for any offensive guard in college football for the 2012 schedule…The two-time SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week (vs. Arkansas and Mississippi State) and three-time Alabama Offensive Player of the Week (also vs. Auburn) blocked for ten 100-yard rushing performances this season and 25 in his career, as he helped open holes for a rushing offense that ranked 16th in the nation with an average of 227.5 yards per game, in addition to paving the way for the Tide to generate 445.5 yards per game in total offense…Warmack used his natural leverage and surprisingly long arms to his advantage to move defenders off the line of scrimmage as a drive blocker, clearing a path for Alabama’s talented ball-carriers, as the Tide gained 438 yards that included 225 rushing, as the left guard posted eleven knockdowns and graded 91%, earning SEC Line-man of the Week honors while also nose guard Bryan Jones to clear the way for a 27-yard touchdown run by Blake Sims vs. Arkansas…In the Missouri clash, he cleared the way for Alabama rushing for a season-high 362 yards and six touchdowns (533 yards of total offense), as both tailbacks Eddie Lacy (177 yards) and T.J. Yeldon (144) went over the century mark on the ground in the 42-10 win…Was again named SEC Lineman of the Week after grading 91% with thirteen knockdowns, including one that dropped linebacker Jonathan Evans in the backfield on A.J. McCarron’s 37-yard scoring strike to Amari Cooper vs. Mississippi State, as he also blocked for a unit that gained 414 yards of total offense, including 179 net yards on the ground…In the Louisiana State game, he was a vital part of the protective wall that kept a bruised McCarron upright in 21-17 come-from-behind victory, as he held off middle linebacker Kevin Minter to provide the Tide QB plenty of time to pass on the game-winning drive that covered 72 yards (all in the air) in only 43 seconds, capped by a 28-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Yeldon…Warmack had thirteen key blocks and graded at 94% in a 49-0 Iron Bowl win over Auburn, as the Tide rolled up 483 yards of total offense. The guard accomplished all of those blocks, even though he played just until the first series in the third quarter.

 

2011 SEASON

All-American second-team selection by The NFL Draft Report and an honorable mention by Pro Football Weekly…Named All-SEC second-team by the league’s coaches, despite leading the conference interior linemen with 106 knockdowns and seventeen touchdown-resulting blocks…Started all thirteen games at left guard for a unit that led the SEC and finished 16th in the nation with an average of 214.46 yards per game rushing…Part of a front wall that ranked 26th nationally, allowing seventeen sacks for minus 97 yards, as the Tide also averaged 429.62 yards per game…The Tide scored 34 rushing touchdowns on the year, as Warmack blocked for eleven individual 100-yard rushing performances for his junior campaign…In the Penn State clash, Warmack had eight knockdowns and helped the team rush for 196 yards while not allowing a sack to the talented Nittany Lions front seven, as he cleared rush lanes used by Trent Richardson for two touchdowns…Richardson followed Warmack into the second level, as the left guard paved the way for the tailback’s 71-yard scoring scamper while also opening holes for the Tide’s season-high 347 rushing yards including 100-yard games from Richardson(167) and Eddie Lacy (161) vs. North Texas…Warmack was named one of the Offensive Players of the Week by the Alabama coaching staff vs. Mississippi, as his second level block again allowed Richardson to break free for a 76-yard touchdown jaunt. The left guard helped pave the way for Alabama to amass 389 yards on the ground and provide the holes for two 100-yard rushers in Trent Richardson (183 yards) and Jalston Fowler (125 yards).

 

2010 SEASON

Warmack took over left guard duties, starting all thirteen games…Paved the way for five 100-yard rushing performances while delivering 82 knockdowns and thirteen touchdown-resulting blocks…The Tide went on to rank 22nd in the nation in total offense (444.08 ypg), 18th in scoring (35.69 ppg) and 29th in rushing (182.92 ypg)…In his first career start he helped provide the holes for the Tide to rush for a total of 272 yards, including 113 by Eddie Lacy vs. San Jose State, as he also helped provide the time for quarterback Greg McElroy to complete 13-of-16 passes…Delivered nine knockdowns vs. Penn State, as those blocks aided Trent Richardson, who became the first rusher to eclipse the 100-yard mark vs. the Nittany Lions in seventeen straight games, as he accounted for 147 of the 180 total rushing yards…Warmack was named one of the Offensive Players of the Week by the coaching staff vs. Duke, as he totaled nine knockdowns in his third start to help Alabama amass 315 yards on the ground , including opening lanes for Mark Ingram to scamper for 151 yards and provide the time for McElroy to throw for three touchdowns.

 

2009 SEASON

As a true freshman, Warmack appeared in five games behind Barrett Jones at right guard, seeing action vs. Florida International, North Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi State and Chattanooga.

 

INJURY REPORT

No major injuries reported.

 

AGILITY TESTS

5.49 in the 40-yard dash…1.90 10-yard dash…3.14 20-yard dash…4.66 20-yard shuttle…

7.99 three-cone drill…31-inch vertical jump…9’2” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 28 times…34 ¾-inch arm length…9 5/8-inch hands…80 3/8-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Warmack attended Westlake (Atlanta, Ga.) High School, playing football for head coach Greg Minnis…For his freshman and sophomore years, he was a teammate of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton…Regarded as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was ranked as the 20th-best offensive guard prospect in his class and the 20th-best player in the state by that recruiting service…ESPNU listed Warmack as the nation’s 16th-best offensive guard while Scout.com and Super Prep both ranked him at 45th…The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Georgia Top 150 selection added All-American from Tom Lemming’s Prep Football Report after he averaged seven pancake blocks per game as a senior in 2008.

 

PERSONAL

Communications major…Born 9/14/91 in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

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