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The following scouting reports were taken from Pro Football Weekly's 2013 Draft Preview book, which is now on sale. You can order it today through the PFW Store, or by calling 1-800-FOOTBALL (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT).
OLG Chance Warmack, #65
PFW Grade: 6.60
Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 317 | Sp: 5.49 | Arm: 34¾ | Hand: 95/8
Notes: Was one of the top-ranked offensive guards in the country as a Georgia prep. Enrolled at Alabama in January 2009 and saw action in five games at guard in the fall. Started all 40 games at left guard in ’10 (13 games), in ’11 (13 games) and in ’12 (14 contests). Was a unanimous All-America selection in ’12 and received his bachelor’s degree in December. Did not bench-press at the Combine after suffering a finger injury two weeks prior and did not finish shuttles and jumps after suffering a right quad injury during positional drills.
Positives: Outstanding arm length. Very densely built with natural power in his body and outstanding core strength. Plays big in a big man’s game and strikes with authority. Very heavy-handed to control, steer and dominate. Moves defenders off the ball in the run game. Excellent finisher who can take out his man on pulls and traps. Plays faster than his timed speed and erases linebackers on the second level. Outstanding hip roll — loose-hipped for a big man. Immovable anchor strength in pass protection. Durable, three-year starter. Highly competitive. Has a passion for the game.
Negatives: Ordinary timed speed — had one of the slower 40 times among O-linemen at the Combine. Quick stunts and games can challenge him. Late to see delayed blitzes. Could require some time to acclimate to an NFL playbook and need some help from veterans on each side of him. Questionable stamina — has worn down late in games because of some conditioning issues. Excessively sweats and has needed IV’s at times to control condition.
Summary: One of the best guards to enter the NFL since John Hannah, Warmack is capable of dominating in the run game and fortifying the pocket in pass protection. He is a physical, difference-making power blocker. An intimidating heavyweight with power, strength and explosion to become a perennial Pro Bowl performer.
NFL projection: Top-10 pick.
OLG-C Jonathan Cooper, #64
PFW Grade: 6.60
Ht: 6-21/8 | Wt: 311 | Sp: 5.07 | Arm: 33 | Hand: 10¼
Notes: The North Carolina prep was voted the conference’s player of the year as an offensive lineman after leading his team to the state title. Also played some defensive end and was a heavyweight wrestler. Redshirted in 2008. Saw action in 10 contests, making nine starts at left guard, in ’09 and led the team with 40 knockdown blocks and graded out at 73 percent. Missed three games with an ankle injury. Started all 13 games in ’10 — 12 at left guard and the season opener against LSU at center — and led the squad with 55 knockdowns and an overall grade of 83 percent. In ’11, he made all 13 starts at left guard and led the team with 47 knockdowns. For the season, graded out at 86 percent and helped pave the way for UNC’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 1997. Underwent left shoulder surgery in January ’12 to relieve chronic inflammation. Earned first-team All-America honors in the fall after making 12 starts at left guard.
Positives: Very natural movement skills, hip flexibility and knee-bend. Superb in pulling and locating. Runs the field and can stay on his feet, striking third-level deep safeties. Keeps his feet in traffic and arrives in a bad mood. Excellent finisher. Exceptional functional strength — hip snap, shock and explosion. Effective six-inch punch and hand placement in pass protection. Outstanding upper-body strength — his 35 reps on the bench press at the Combine were tied for second among all O-linemen. Good stamina — operated in a pass-heavy, no-huddle spread offense. Outstanding character.
Negatives: Average arm length. Played at a svelte 290 pounds as a senior, which is light by NFL standards. A bit out of control blocking in space and can be overaggressive. Not nuanced with center checks. Durability needs to be evaluated (left shoulder). Questionable physical toughness — can be affected by pain.
Summary: Cooper draws Hall of Fame comparisons to greats such as Randall McDaniel and Dermontti Dawson. Could turn out to be an even better center than guard if he trimmed weight. A fun-to-watch, immediate impact starter and perennial Pro Bowl talent who could be dynamite in a zone-blocking scheme. A can’t miss pick.
NFL projection: Top-20 pick.
These scouting reports were taken from Pro Football Weekly's 2013 Draft Preview book, which is now on sale. You can order it today through the PFW Store, or by calling 1-800-FOOTBALL (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT).