Grading the Eagles’ moves: OG Chance Warmack

Grading the Eagles’ moves: OG Chance Warmack

For the second year in a row, the Eagles are bolstering their interior offensive line depth with an experienced veteran, this time in the form of guard Chance Warmack. Unlike Stefen Wisniewski, Warmack doesn’t double as a center, although he may possess far more upside.

The 10th-overall draft pick by the Titans in 2013, Warmack was only adequate in Tennessee. He gained valuable experience, nonetheless, starting 46 games over his first three seasons in the NFL. Warmack only turns 26 in September as well, which means there’s plenty of prime years remaining to access his full potential.

Although, it was sort of telling what the rest of the league thinks about that potential based on what the Eagles paid – just $1.5 million on a one-year deal. That’s not exactly the league minimum, but there clearly wasn’t a crazy bidding war, either.

Warmack is also stepping into a situation where he’s almost certain to serve in a backup capacity. Brandon Brooks is cemented at right guard, where Warmack has lined up exclusively, and 2016 third-round selection Isaac Seumalo is likely to take over on the left once Allen Barbre’s fate is decided. Again, a sign there was tepid interest in adding this guy.

Warmack was limited to two games last season due to a hand injury, which may have hurt the market for his services somewhat. Regardless, the simple reality is he has not performed up to his draft status, and, presumably, nobody out there was offering an opportunity to start.

None of which is to say this is a bad signing. Warmack is the definition of low risk, high reward. At worst, he’s a competent backup, which the Eagles are going to need if Barbre is traded or released and with Wisniewski becoming a free agent. Best case scenario, he’s thrust into action and finds newfound success with a change of scenery.

The latter is not improbable. Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland worked with Warmack at the University of Alabama, so both sides must’ve seen some value in a reunion. Who knows, maybe Warmack did have better offers, but viewed this as an opportunity to return to free agency in 2018 as a vastly improved player.

For Warmack to have been chosen as high as he was as a guard, scouts clearly viewed him as a special prospect. The Titans were also one of the worst franchises in the NFL for much of his time there, so it’s not unimaginable they screwed up his development.

In terms of what’s best for the Eagles in 2017, a case could be made Wisniewski is more reliable and his position versatility is a nice bonus. Whether his return remains a possibility after the addition of Warmack was not immediately clear.

Regardless, the drop-off from Wisniewski to Warmack probably isn’t enormous, and taking the long view, the Eagles might wind up with a great player as a result of the change. It has been speculated Seumalo can play center, too, which means an interior of Warmack, Seumalo and Brooks could be the end game here.

Grade: B+

Previously: Grading WR Torrey Smith | Grading WR Alshon Jeffery

 

Joel Embiid watched draft with fans at XFINITY Live!, signed Sam Hinkie banner

Joel Embiid watched draft with fans at XFINITY Live!, signed Sam Hinkie banner

Joel Embiid is a man of the people.

Jojo took time away from tweeting about the Sixers' newest death squad's nickname and throwing shade at Lonzo Ball to make an appearnce at XFINITY Live! in the South Philadelphia sports complex.

They were hosting an NBA draft party.

Not only did Embiid make an appearance shortly after the Sixers selected Markelle Fultz, he also apparently signed the Sam Hinkie banner that was raised to the rafters at the lottery party last month.

XFINITY Live!'s Twitter account shared the following images and videos:

Brett Brown texted Sam Hinkie ‘basically saying thank you’

Brett Brown texted Sam Hinkie ‘basically saying thank you’

Longtime followers of The Process are well aware that Thursday night was a tag team effort.

Sam Hinkie put the Sixers in the position -- via a plethora of assets acquired during his tenure -- to allow Bryan Colangelo to deal with the Celtics for the No. 1 overall pick that turned into Markelle Fultz.

It's always a little strange hearing current employees give praise to former employees, but if anyone can do it well, it's head coach Brett Brown.

Brett was asked what his conversations with Sam have been since the draft lottery when the #PICKSWAP with Sacramento was executed.

"Just a random text basically saying 'thank you,'" Brown said. "I think organizationally we really haven't missed a beat. The volume of phone calls that I've been on in my four years, they're like every Monday you're on a conference call with the owners. We've tried to be so meticulously responsible in growing this patiently. Sam was excelent at what he did. I think Bryan [Colangelo] took that work and brought it forward. You can't help but go back and recognize how we arrived at the picks we had this year. I think you have to step back and really acknowledge the great work that Bryan did getting it over the line."

"You can't dismiss the position of the club and Sam helped us to get to this level."

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