Tennessee Titans position breakdown: Right Guard
By Will Lomas
With the 2015 NFL Draft now over, it is time to get a look at what the roster looks like heading into the 2015 NFL season.
Today we will look at a position that was markedly improved over the last six weeks of the season on the Tennessee Titans roster: right guard.
Big Chance Warmack was a player that really scared me in his first 20 games. Usually at that point you know what you are getting and what we were getting from him was…well bad. He struggled with speed rushers and just didn’t seem to control the point of attack well.
Fast forward to Week 12 against the Philadelphia Eagles (or you could really even say after his struggle with the Baltimore Ravens defensive line in Week 10) and Chance Warmack looked like the top-10 pick he was supposed to be. Despite facing a “murderers row” of Fletcher Cox, J.J. Watt, Johnathan Hankins, Sheldon Richardson, Muhammad Wilkerson, and Sen’Derrick Marks Chance Warmack still ended up grading very well according to PFF.
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In fact, according to their metric, Chance Warmack ended up ranking as the fourth best guard in the league regardless of which side they played on. That is a fairly amazing statistic if you consider who he was matched against and what sort of talent he had around him.
This is where it gets disappointing.
So while Chance Warmack is a dominant starter, the backups are…well non existent. To even discuss who Chance Warmack’s backup is going to be, you have to guess on which player will change from their natural position.
Jeremiah Poutasi is a common name to hear right here, but who thinks that the Tennessee Titans purposely spent a high third round draft pick on a backup guard? I have to assume he will be focused on staying at tackle in the team’s most competitive spot.
Andy Gallik is a name I could see pop up here too. I like Gallik more than most and think his ability to maximize his athleticism and strength translates well to the NFL, as does his hand usage. I see him making the roster as a player that is the primary backup for right guard, center and left guard.
This is a spot you could see the Tennessee Titans adding depth to down the road. Whether late in free agency next year or late in the draft, a backup guard should be a top-10 need for this team. However, if they find a great right tackle prospect, that could knock out two birds with one stone as Jeremiah Poutasi could learn how to play guard as well.