I think it’s about time we start to respect the idea of drafting offensive guards early in the draft. They make as much of an impact, if not more, then offensive tackles and all the other positions that are considered to have more of an impact then them (Other then quarterbacks of course).
Guards make key blocks in the open field, they protect your quarterback, and they open up holes for your running back. The Lions need those blocks in the open field, they need to protect Matt Stafford, and they need holes to be opened up for their running backs.
It sounds to me the Lions may need to consider taking an offensive guard at number five. Luckily for them, there is an offensive guard worth selecting at number five and its Alabama’s Chance Warmack.
One of the many impressive plays Warmack made this year came in the National Championship game against Notre Dame. He cleanly made a block, opening up an enormous hole for Alabama running back Eddie Lacy, which resulted in a twenty yard touchdown. He showed through out that play that he won’t give up on a play till the play actually ends and that he has the ability to open up holes. And that Notre Dame defense is full of future NFL plays, so that tells you something about the competition he faced in that game.
I can envision that same play with Lions running back Mikel LeShoure. That’s what LeShoure really needs to evolve as a premier running back is two interior linemen on each edge to open up holes for him.
The Lions are already solidified at one of the guard positions with Rob Sims, but the other is up for grabs after the team recently released Stephen Peterman. That spot could easily be filled by Warmack on day one with the Lions.
I am very confident Chance Warmack will change the perception of drafting an offensive guard atop of the draft. The Lions could hope he does just that in a Lions uniform come draft night.