Our 2013 Community Mock Draft [is underway]! In this annual exercise we put the fates of all 32 teams in the hands of our community. This exercise accomplishes several things. For one, we often have a bit of tunnel vision when it comes to the NFL. We will get a glimpse into the needs of each of the franchises. It also helps us get familiar with each of the first-round prospects because like last year in a trade up for Morris Claiborne, you never quite know what the future holds for Dallas.
Every GM has been informed of their team's needs and is ready to roll. Let's see who will be selected with the tenth pick in the draft!
Selection: (OG) [Chance Warmack, Alabama]
Here's our GM with his explanation of the selection:
Why the pick: The Titans offensive line has been a mess the past couple years, which has directly affected Jake Locker's developement as well as the performance of CJ2K and friends. The team is committed to Locker and wants to give him the best chance to succeed.
David Stewart is coming off injury at RT and matches up well with Michael Roos at LT. Andy Levitre was signed early in free agency and bringing Warmack into the fold helps set this offensive line up for the next several years.
Don't normally like taking a Guard this high, but with the new CBA in place , salary slotting is not nearly the issue it has been in years past.
Other considerations included Bjoern Werner and Barkevious Mingo, however both of these prospects scare me a little. I perceive them both as boom or bust type prospects and do not see DE being as bad of shape as some others. Wimbley and Morgan performed adequately last year, however there is nothing behind them. Will probably look to add depth on the DL in later rounds as the draft appears deep in that area this year.
Also briefly considered a WR as Britt can be a walking time bomb and Washington looks to be on his way out of town, however the Titans spent a first rounder on WR last year and there are none worthy of the #10 pick in this draft.
Ideally would like to look to trade down, but unable to do so using these mock rules, so settled on on the safe road grader that can help all facets of this offense.
HIGH PRIORITY TEAM NEEDS (lower number indicates higher priority) according to Drafttek.com
-- Threat Level Red (priority 1-2): 4-3 Defensive End
-- Threat Level Orange (priority 3-4): Cornerback, Right Tackle, Guard, Feature Receiver, Possession Receiver, 4-3 Defensive Tackle, Middle Linebacker, Free Safety, Strong Safety
-- Threat Level Yellow (priority 5-6): Feature Running Back, Center, Left Tackle, Tight End,
-- Threat Level Green (priority 9): 4-3 OLB, Quarterback, COP Running Back, Slot Receiver
NFL.com Draft Grade: 95.9
-- Drafttek.com ranked #16 Overall, #2 at the position
-- Russ Lande, National Football Post: #2 Overall, #1 at the position
SUMMARY - Chance came to Alabama and was an immediate contributor as a true freshman which is rare. He took over the LG spot as a sophomore and has anchored that position since. He is the quintessential road grader in the running game but also posses the technique and athleticism to be a very good pass blocker. His wide frame and strength make up for his average height for the position. The one area that needs to improve is his ability to stay consistent with keeping his pad level low so he can maintain leverage. Overall Chance Warmack is a special prospect for an interior linemen which should cause a team in the upper 15 to select him with no issues.
-- CBSSports.com ranked #2 overall, #1 at the position
-- DraftInsider.Net ranked #9 overall, #1 at the position
-- DraftCountdown ranked #5 overall, #1 at the position
-- Scout.com ranked #5 overall, #1 at the position
-- Mike Mayock ranked #1 at the position
-- NFLDraftScout.com profile (Rob Rang):
STRENGTHS: Warmack is considerably lighter on his feet than one would expect given his stout frame, and is adept at meeting and eliminating linebackers at the second level.
In pass protection, Warmack does a nice job of supplying an initial punch and grasping hold of his opponent, showing good lateral agility to slide as well as the anchor to handle powerful bull-rushers.
Warmack is equally effective when asked to drive defensive tackles off the ball or beat linebackers to the action at the second level.
WEAKNESSES: Due to his lack of height, Warmack may lack the position versatility of his more recognizable linemates Barrett Jones and D.J. Fluker, but he is further along in his development than Fluker and, frankly, makes more eye-popping blocks than Jones. Size means that he'll be relegated strictly to interior blocking in the NFL.
Now On The Clock: San Diego Chargers
Previous Picks: Chiefs: OT Luke Joeckel, Jaguars: CB Dee Milliner, Raiders: DE/OLB Jarvis Jones, Eagles: DE/OLB Dion Jordan, Lions: DE Ziggy Ansah, Browns: DE Sharrif Floyd, Cardinals: OT Eric Fisher, Bills: QB Geno Smith, Jets: DT Star Lotulelei