First-round draft choice believes Titans suit him to a tee

Friday, April 26, 2013 at 3:32pm

The only thing missing was a pair of sweatpants.

Dressed in a navy suit with a red patterned tie, Chance Warmack seemed completely at ease as he strolled the halls and meeting rooms of the Tennessee Titans’ training facility Friday afternoon.

“I’m comfortable in this [suit],” he said. “But, you know, I’d rather be in some sweatpants.”

The first-round draft pick, a Georgia native who spent the last four years at the University of Alabama, said he felt he had found his place with the franchise that fewer than 24 hours earlier selected him 10th overall. The 6-foot-2, 317-pound guard offered no concerns about his ability to fit in with a team that has two Hall of Famers at that position on the staff in head coach Mike Munchak and offensive line coach Bruce Matthews.

“It was like I was coming home,” Warmack said. “It doesn’t really feel like I’m coming to a stiff organization. This is like a family to me. They welcomed me with open arms and I’m just happy to be here.”

The feeling was mutual.

First he settled into a chair in the office of general manager Ruston Webster.

“It seemed like an old friend was back when he showed up at the complex [Friday],” Webster said. “He sat in the same chair he sat in for our meeting when he came here for our visit.

“… We’re very excited.”

Roughly an hour later he sat tall as he met the local media in a question-and-answer session that lasted nearly 20 minutes and included more than a few lighthearted chuckles and some self-effacing honesty.

“I’d be lying if I said I’ve really been putting in as much work as I could have been, just with the visits I’ve been going on over the course of this past month,” Warmack said. “I have a lot of time to get back into the shape that I want to get in.

“… [But] I’m comfortable. I don’t have to get ready for a combine or a pro day anymore. It’s football. That’s what I’m good at and this is where I shine. So I’m pretty good in my weight right now and everything will be great.”

It’s a comforting thought for the Titans, who have missed the playoffs each of the last four years and spent much of the last two months overhauling their offensive line. The franchise had not drafted an offensive lineman in the first round since 1992 and had taken a guard or center that high since Matthews was the eighth overall pick in 1983.

With at least two, possibly three new starters up front the most important thing is that Warmack, who will be the right guard, and the other four blockers become comfortable with one another as soon as possible.

“I feel like if everybody knows a little bit about each other and if everybody’s on the same page on and off the field you can get a lot done because you’re not just clocking in alike it’s a job,” Warmack said. “You know the other person and you really don’t have to speak what a call might be because the guy already knows what you’re good at and what you’re not good at.

“... It’s just all about what you want to do. I feel like the organization that I’m a part of, they’re always going to be here for me. The mentality that you have to have is to be great. If you want to be great, you’ll get up early and do extra stuff and I feel like everybody here wants to be great. So it’s a perfect fit for everybody.”

Just like a well-tailored suit.