Many mock drafts have the Cowboys selecting a defensive player in the April draft but what if they were wrong and Dallas were to choose an offensive player? My bet would be on Chance Warmack, if he is available at the 18th spot.
Chance Warmack of Alabama has been the talk of the draft as far as offensive linemen. He already has an advantage that some of the top draft picks don’t have that being… experience. Some of the top picks have one big season and end up a top NFL draft. Warmack is a three year veteran that has won two national titles while serving his college career with the Tide. He has good size at 6’3” and weighs 325 lbs. He has been tagged as the best offensive guard in the draft and has the intangibles to move up the next level.
Just about every report I have read about Warmack talks about his foot speed. It has also been said that he has an excellent lower body that can drive opponents into the second levels fairly easily. After reading several reports, half of them state that he is a good pulling blocker while others disagree. In the grand scheme of things, he needs to be a good pulling guard for the Cowboys. Dallas could up the ante with their woeful running game by having a good pulling guard. One thing that all reports share is that Warmack is a dominant run blocker.
As far as a pass blocker, it is another glaring report saying that he has good footwork, some reports even use the word “polished”. Watching our $108 million investment run around for his life is something we don’t want to see so Warmack’s pass blocking skills would be a plus.
One phrase that I have seen a few times, he lacks natural athletic ability but he makes up for it by being a student of the game. He is proficient in his techniques and has the willingness to want to learn more. The coach in me has one word to say…wow! To have a player who likes to learn and has the ability to learn is a coach’s dream. According to reports, he bends his knees the way you want a guard to do so, the sinking of the hips and shooting of the hands is what every coach looks for.
Now for the intangibles, he is a smart young man. He understands his assignments, he can recognize where a blitz is coming from, and his health has been a positive. Durability in the game of football is golden especially if you can incorporate it into the NFL.
Should the Cowboys draft him? Of course they should, he has the things you want in a football player. He loves to learn the game, he has the height and weight to be make it in the league, he is a durable player, and he has experience. The question now to ask, should Dallas trade up to get him or hope for the best. I think trade up and get him. To see a lineman like Warmack is rare and would be a huge plus for our team.