2013 NFL Combine - Offensive Guard Analysis
Alabama OG Chance Warmack
Alabama OG Chance Warmack
Posted Feb 18, 2013

Pre-Combine quick looks at the offensive guards invited to Indy.

2013 NFL Pre-Combine

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- 2013 CFN Pre-Combine OG Rankings, No. 11 to 25 
1. Chance Warmack, Alabama 6-3, 320 Proj. 1
Pre-Combine Analysis Positives: A blaster of a run blocker. He might not have been the most talented player on the great Tide line of last season, but he was the most dominant at times. Buries his man. … Great at getting to the second level with the quickness and athleticism to spring big plays on the move. … Doesn't get shoved back. He's always going forward thanks to a freakishly-strong base. Doesn't get knocked off-kilter.

Negatives: Has to show he can do more than just hit the man in front of him. Yes, he has the quickness and the potential to make big things happen and pull more, but he didn't do much of it for the Tide. … He has to stay down. He could use a little bit of refinement on his technique and needs to be a tad more consistent. … It would be nice if he was a bit taller. He's not quite 6-3, and while he hovers between 320 and 325, he's more wide than large. Doesn't exactly look the part and doesn't quite have the prototype body for an NFL guard.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL? He should buy a condo in Hawaii. He'll be a regular Pro Bowler.

2. Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina 6-3, 310 Proj. 1
Pre-Combine Analysis Positives: A rare athlete for a player of his size. He's great on the move and is just as strong in pass protection as he is as a blasting run blocker. Very, very quick. … Has a nice nasty streak and isn't afraid to throw his man into the fifth row. When it comes time to come up with the big block, he'll do it. … Great technique. He makes the most out of his size and doesn't waste any movement. Great at keeping low. Consistent.

Negatives: Not quite large enough. He's built more like a tackle than a brutish guard and might not be for every system. … Needs to get stronger. He has the right attitude and the right fire, but he could stand to hit the weights to become dominant at the next level. … More of a pusher than a hitter. He'll wall off his man and get the block, but he won't always put him on his back. Again, that will come when he hits the weights a bit more.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL? Ten-year starter and occasional Pro Bowler.

3. Larry Warford, Kentucky 6-3, 333 Proj. 2
Pre-Combine Analysis Positives: Surprisingly athletic for a player of his size. Has the girth and the raw bulk, but he's not just going to work in a phone booth. … A big run blocker who's not afraid to get nasty. When he locks on to his man, it's over. … Extremely reliable and durable. Put him on the line and don't worry about him for the next several seasons.

Negatives: Athletic, but not tremendously quick. Has great technique, but he can be beaten by the speedier defenders. … Great when he gets his hands on a defender, but he first has to get there. If he has to lunge, he's in trouble. … He's not necessarily going to be the one the NFL running game works behind. He'll be more of a cog than the main man. He's going to be a good blocker, but he doesn't quite have the tools to be elite.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL? A ten-year NFL starter.

4. Justin Pugh, Syracuse (OT) 6-5, 298 Proj. 3
Pre-Combine Analysis Positives: Versatile, he could be used as a right tackle or a guard depending on the system. … Moves extremely well for a guard. He might not have the feet to be put on the outside, but in a zone-blocking scheme he could be terrific in the interior. … Experienced. He spent his career at tackle and knows how to handle himself. Great technique in pass protection.

Negatives: A tweener. He doesn't have the athleticism to be a tackle and he doesn't have the raw strength to be a guard. He's a great college blocker who might not translate to the next level. … Doesn't quite have the size. He needs to add more bulk. … He's not going to blast away on an NFL defensive tackle. He'll wall him off, but can he hit anyone?

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL? A functional NFL starter.

5. Brian Winters, Kent State (OT) 6-4, 310 Proj. 3
Pre-Combine Analysis Positives: A true mauler, he's great at owning his man. When he gets his hands on a defender, it's over. He destroys smallish linemen. … Quick for his size. He's athletic and good at getting on the move. Great off the ball and getting to his man. … He worked to get bigger, and he could max out at around 320 without losing a step.

Negatives: Needs to get functionally stronger. He's not going to crush NFL defensive tackles until he gets a few years in a pro weight room under his belt. … He needs to use his feet a wee bit better. He's great at getting out of his stance in a hurry, but he's in trouble when he takes a false step. … Needs technique work. Was able to get by in the MAC by having the right tools. He'll take a step back before growing into a solid blocker.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL? He needs to be in a zone-blocking scheme, but he'll be a regular starter at either right tackle or guard.

6. Alvin Bailey, Arkansas 6-5, 315 (Jr.) Proj. 4
Pre-Combine Analysis Positives: Insane strength. He's ready to hit an NFL field now in terms of his ability to blast away with his raw power. … Great size. Looks the part and could end up adding ten more pounds of good weight to become a killer at either guard spot. … Versatile, he can play on either side and be a top blocker. There are few linemen in the draft with Bailey's upside as a run blocker.

Negatives: Relies way too much on his strength and isn't always consistent. His technique is lacking – his style is too upright and he needs to bend better. … When his technique isn't right, he loses his run blocking ability and doesn't generate the push he needs to. He needs time and seasoning. … Pass protection will be a problem early on. He'll struggle against the quicker linemen.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL? He'll need a year or two of seasoning after coming out early, but he'll emerge as a regular starter.

7. Kyle Long, Oregon (OT) 6-7, 311 Proj. 4
Pre-Combine Analysis Positives: Great size and frame to add several pounds of good weight to become a good guard or a right tackle. Great at keeping defenders at a distance with his long arms. … Great lateral movement and good at shedding his man to come up with a big hit down the field. He was great for the Duck attack. … Strong. Uses his size and his raw strength well as a mauler. Not just a finesse no-huddle blocker. Part of a great football family, the son of Howie Long is going to be a player.

Negatives: Too tall for guard and not quite right to be a consistent NFL tackle. … The want-to is there, but he still needs some refinement. Originally a baseball player before committing full-time to football. … Needs plenty of technique work. For good and bad, he's still a few years away from reaching his potential.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL? With tremendous upside, he'll take his lumps for a few years before turning into a steady blocker.

8. Earl Watford, James Madison 6-4, 290 Proj. 6
Pre-Combine Analysis Positives: Very, very athletic. Moves extremely well for a guard prospect with great feet and the ability to make things happen on the move. … Likes to hit. He's not afraid of competition and seems to relish burying his man. Want-to isn't a problem. … Could he be a right tackle? He has the build for it.

Negatives: Missing the raw bulk. He's has the height and he's strong, but he needs a bigger base and more of an anchor to be anything more than a zone-blocking guard. … James Madison. He needs time to show what he can do against the better defenders. … Needs technique work, and lots of it. Got by on being physically superior to everyone he faced.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL? A versatile talent who'll be much, much better in three years after he gets up to around 315.

9. J.C. Tretter, Cornell (OT) 6-4, 302 Proj. 3
Pre-Combine Analysis Positives: Extremely athletic with the potential to move out to right tackle if needed. A former tight end, he moves way too well to be a guard. … Has the right attitude. When he owned a defender, he never let up all game long. He'll do whatever it takes to make himself better.

Negatives: Is he maxed out? He worked his tall off – or on – to get to over 300 pounds, and he should have a hard time maintaining his weight. … Not enough raw strength. He's not for every blocking scheme and needs to be in the right system. … Lower level concerns. He wasn't a dominant blaster at the lower level and needs to be used for his quickness rather than his hitting ability.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL? If he's in the right system, he'll be a versatile blocker who hangs around the league for years.

10. Hugh Thornton, Illinois (OT) 6-3, 310 Proj. 5
Pre-Combine Analysis Positives: A great athlete with excellent upside. He showed good all-around blocking ability for the Illini, but the best could be coming with a little more time. … Strong and quick. He can play in any style with the ability to generate a big push for the ground game and has the feet to shine as a pass protector. … Versatile, he could play either guard spot or could be moved to right tackle.

Negatives: A tweener. He's not necessarily a tackle at the next level and needs to work on being a guard. … Needs plenty of technique work. He never seems to come up with the same block twice. … Patience is going to be a key. If he gets time to figure out what he's doing, he could be good, but will he get a few years to develop? It could be hard to wait on a mid-round prospect.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL? He'll bounce around the league working in a variety of ways. His versatility will keep him around for a long time.

- 2013 CFN Pre-Combine OG Rankings, No. 11 to 25