The Giants recently hosted Alabama OL Chance Warmack, a player now rumored to be a “faller” in the draft and word has it they will take him if he is still around when they select at 19…..
From Rotoworld: NFL Draft insider Tony Pauline reports the Giants would “love the opportunity” to draft Alabama OG Chance Warmack should he begin to slide on draft day.
ANALYSIS: The Giants draft at No. 19. Guards are typically drafted later than draftniks and mock drafts project, so Warmack slipping into the late teens certainly should not be ruled out. The Giants reportedly believe Warmack is “a great fit for their system,” which focuses on power blocking and gap control. The Giants could plug in Warmack at left guard, upgrading on incumbent Kevin Boothe.
The reason for the sudden disinterest in Warmack could come from the perception that emerged from his less-than-stellar combine. Walter Football.com still has Warmack ranked as the second-best guard best guard in the draft behind UNC’s Jonathan Cooper:
While Warmack underwhelmed at the Combine, he looked good at his pro day. Warmack put together a dominant 2012 season. He was dominant against Michigan in Alabama’s first game of 2012. The senior blasted open running holes and did well in pass protection.
Warmack was very impressive versus Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee. Like center Barrett Jones, Warmack struggled somewhat against Mississippi State. He had a strong game though versus LSU’s standout defensive tackles.
Warmack had a tough test with Georgia’s massive defensive tackle John Jenkins in the SEC Championship game. Jenkins beat Warmack for a sack and some other good plays in the first half. Warmack turned in a big second half as the Crimson Tide rolled over the Bulldogs. He followed that up by dominating at the National Championship against Notre Dame. Warmack turned down a chance to play in the Senior Bowl.
There is no doubt that Warmack has the ability to start immediately in the NFL. He is a road grader in the ground game who is extremely reliable as a pass-protector. It shouldn’t be long before Warmack is playing in Pro Bowls. Some project him to go in the top 10 and think he is the best guard prospect to enter the draft in a long time.
NFL.com: “His toughness and durability are outstanding, and he grades out as one of the elite talents in the 2013 draft, and as a probable starter day one on Sundays — and he’ll stick around for a long time.”
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
With Chris Snee coming off hip surgery and Kevin Boothe playing under a one-year deal, the Giants have to make some moves to secure the future of their offensive line. Warmack would be an excellent start. They have some in-house options in Brandon Mosley and Stephen Goodin, but let’s be realistic – Warmack is a Grade A talent.
The Giants haven’t drafted an interior lineman with the first round since 1989, when they chose Minnesota C Brian Williams with the 18th overall pick. Since then they have only selected one interior lineman in the first two rounds, and that was Snee, who they took in the 2nd round in 2004.