With the 10th pick of the Blogging the bEast mock draft, the Tennessee Titans select Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama

The following is a chart of how many offensive linemen were taken by each team over the last 5 years, both overall and in the first three rounds:

Team Total picks OL drafted 1st 3 rounds Total OL drafted % of picks on OL
Steelers 42 5 10 23.8
Packers 42 2 9 21.4
49ers 38 3 8 21.1
Broncos 44 4 9 20.5
Bills 45 3 9 20
Colts 40 3 8 20
Eagles 51 1 10 19.6
Saints 26 1 5 19.2
Redskins 43 3 8 18.6
Falcons 38 4 7 18.4
Ravens 39 4 7 17.9
Chargers 34 1 6 17.6
Texans 40 3 7 17.5
Panthers 41 2 7 17.1
Dolphins 41 4 7 17.1
Patriots 48 2 8 16.7
Cardinals 37 0 6 16.2
Chiefs 44 5 7 15.9
Bears 38 2 6 15.8
Vikings 38 2 6 15.8
Jets 27 1 4 14.8
Raiders 34 4 5 14.7
Bengals 48 2 7 14.6
Giants 37 1 5 13.5
Lions 38 2 5 13.2
Cowboys 39 2 5 12.8
Browns 40 3 5 12.5
Seahawks 42 4 5 11.9
Rams 44 3 5 11.4
Jaguars 31 3 3 9.7
Titans 43 0 3 7
Buccaneers 37 1 2 5.4

Over the last 5 years, the Titans had 16 draft picks in the first 3 rounds. They were one of just two teams in the NFL not to have drafted any offensive linemen in the first 3 rounds, and they picked just 3 offensive linemen overall. Only 7% of their draft picks were offensive linemen over that span, second fewest only to the Buccaneers, who employ a GM who basically admitted he can’t evaluate college offensive linemen.

The Titans’ willingness to ignore their OL in the draft was somewhat justifiable, since they found both of their bookends in the 2005 draft (Michael Roos and David Stewart), and both are good players. However, Roos and Stewart are both 30, and G Steve Hutchinson retired. The Titans signed Andy Levitre away from Buffalo to a big contract (6 years, $46.8 million) to replace Hutchinson. Obviously he’ll play one spot. The Titans also signed Chris Spencer (Bears) and Robert Turner (Rams) to low money, 1-year deals. Those two signings should have little affect on whether or not the Titans decide to draft a guard.

Leading up to the Combine, Chance Warmack was being talked about as a possible top 5 pick. Then he ran a 5.49 40, and perhaps lost some of his luster. In the middle of the last decade, Shawn Andrews’ career fizzled due to injuries and possibly a dislike for the game. However, when he was healthy and interested, he was the best OG in the NFL. What did Andrews run in the 40 at the Combine? 5.49, the same as Warmack, and Warmack is not the headcase that Andrews was.

Head coach Mike Munchak is a former 10x All-Pro, 9x Pro Bowl guard who was drafted in the top 10 (8th overall in 1982). My guess is that he won’t care much about Warmack’s disappointing 40, and instead focus on his tremendous game film. Warmack would be outstanding value at 10, and would give the Titans two excellent guards, much like the Saints had with Jahri Evans and Carl Nicks for their Super Bowl run.

Previous picks:

1. Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

2. Jaguars: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

3. Raiders: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

4. Eagles: Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon

5. Lions: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

6. Browns: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

7. Cardinals: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

8. Bills: Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU

9. Jets: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU

One Comment

  1. stuff says:

    Andrews was a fat ass at the combine and didn’t become good till he lost weight.

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