The Titans don’t feel that they took a chance in the first round of the NFL Draft.

In Alabama guard Chance Warmack, they feel that they selected a sure thing.

“We are excited,” coach Mike Munchak said. “We got someone special.”

Warmack, who played on three national championship teams with Alabama, was the 10th overall pick. He became the first guard selected by the franchise in the first round since Munchak in 1982 and Bruce Matthews (now offensive line coach) in 1983.

The 6-foot-2, 317-pound Warmack will line up at right guard, and Andy Levitre will play left guard. Levitre, a free agent from the Bills, was signed to a six-year, $46.8 million contract last month.

Heading into the draft the Titans had also looked at North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper, who went seventh overall to the Cardinals, but were pleased when Warmack was still available.

“His physical style of play, his power, at the right guard position, he fits that mold,” general manager Ruston Webster said. “Chance was our guy all along.”

Warmack played in 45 games with 40 starts for the Crimson Tide. The Titans raved about him at the NFL Combine in February, and he was one of the prospects who visited Baptist Sports Park leading up to the draft. Munchak and Matthews also worked out Warmack on the Alabama campus.

“In the NFL, you don’t see the kind of power he has, and the way he moves the line of scrimmage,” Munchak said. “To me, he is the complete package. He loves the game, and he has a passion for it. … He played against some great players in college and played well in the big games and he knows how to win.

“The way he moves the pile is something I haven’t seen in a long time on film. We are just really excited it worked out this way.”