Yesterday NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock made some surprising statements concerning the NFL Draft and Alabama guard Chance Warmack.
“People will tell me I’m crazy, that a guard can’t go No. 1,” Mayock explained. “I think he’s the best player in the draft, so I would argue that.”
An offensive guard being considered the best player in the draft is something very unusual, but Warmack is a beast, but he is only “first pick in the draft valuable” to a team that relies on their running game. He’s not worth being the first pick in the draft, unless the team which drafts him is a run first team.
Blocking for the pass at the guard position isn’t that difficult, so it’s not worth using the first pick in the draft for a guard. On the other hand, if you are a team which lives and dies with your running game, drafting Warmack, so you can impose your will on a defensive line and run the football down their throats is worth the first pick in the draft.
Warmack might be a good fit here in Philadelphia if Chip Kelly is seriously committed to his running game, which it seems like he is. Could imagine Warmack lining up on the same line with Jason Peters, Jason Kelce and Todd Herremans with two dynamic backs behind them, LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown?
You can be sure that Eagles new offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland, who coached Warmack at Bama would love to have the big fella on the Eagles offensive line.
Mayock gave four names whom he felt were worthy of the first pick in this draft and they’re all offensive linemen, two guards and two tackles: Alabama guard Chance Warmack; Texas A&M Luke Joeckel, North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper; and Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher.
I got the chance to see Fisher dominate people at the Senior Bowl. He’s got great technique and discipline, along with the size, strength and speed of a top pick.