By Duke Manyweather
Overall Strength/Powerful at the point of attack- Gets great surge and movement off the ball. Possesses the power to sit and anchor on bull-rush.
Attitude- Warmack is not afraid to "mix it up" and doesn't worry about getting beat, Warmack is a violent finisher. Playing with confidence and with an attitude is huge for an offensive lineman, especially a highly-touted rookie.
Good Footwork/Movement skills- For a guy that weighs close to 330, Warmack moves really well, which allows him to effectively pull and also reach wide shades.
Vicious run-blocker- As I watched Warmack vs. the Redskins, I saw a dominant run blocker that excelled at getting push on zone plays, latching and driving 3-techniques, was effective when he had to cut on the back-side of zone. I saw effective pulling on power plays, running feet through contact and using hands to root-out defenders.
Quick Pass-set- really snaps in to his pass set at the snap of the ball.
Areas of Improvement
Pass Protection- More troubling is what I saw in pass-protection from Warmack. There were some glaring technique issues that led to the rookie having a rough night in pass-protection. Naturally I started from the ground up when identifying the issues with Warmack's pass-pro. I 1st looked at his stance and saw no issues, he had his post foot established and had enough of a stagger to be able to get off the ball, set, change directions ect...I then looked at his sets and as my notes on Warmack from Alabama held true, I realized this is an area that must improve for Warmack, the consistency in his sets. When Warmack had a 3-technique he would often quick set or not take a set at all, this led to him being out of half-man relationship and opening his hips which allowed the defender to get to his edge and up field on him. This can eventually lead to holding calls.
Hand Placement/ Punch Timing- Warmack lost the hand placement battle far to many times. He often carried his hands to wide and was off target with his punch. This allowed defenders in to his chest and gain control, which left Warmack in a vulnerable situation of trying to recover while all his weight was on his post leg, this can lead to a serious knee injury. Missed time punches also left the rookie in bad situations, Warmack twice went for the "knock-out" punch and dropped his head, the 1st time he was able to gather and get a piece of the defender, the last time it led to him being caught with a swim move that left him on his face.
Overall- When you are a top 10 pick in the NFL Draft as an offensive guard, it is safe to say you were "Special" in college. Chance Warmack was just that at Alabama. Warmack's body of work during his time in Tuscaloosa warranted him to be selected 10th over-all in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans. Too whom much is given much is required... Warmack made his NFL debut this past weekend vs the Washington Redskins and it was very evident, with the two full quarters of work Warmack got in, the Titans wanted to give their 1st round pick as many live game reps as possible. Again when you are 10th overall as an offensive guard there is huge expectations that come with that. What I would like to see from Warmack moving forward in his development is, improved pass-protection demeanor from the ground up... better feet, better sets, better hand carriage and placement. If Warmack continues to develop these elements of his pass-protection, sky is the limit for his NFL career.