In Detroit many of the headlines these days display Calvin Johnson‘s name and the Detroit Lions‘ winning record, but there has been no mention of the important contribution offensive rookie Larry Warford has made. The right guard has been a dominant force all year and deserves his name to be cast in the Pro Bowl ballot to say the least.
Immediately following the 2013 NFL Draft Warford was labeled as the ‘Biggest Steal’ of his class as he was projected to be drafted in the second round but fell significantly. Detroit drafted the 6-foot-3 332-pound guard with the No. 65 overall pick in the third round needing to address a critical need with a ‘best available’ mentality with the departure of veteran Jeff Backus in mind. The Lions wasted no time in selecting the Kentucky guard to strengthen their offensive line and continue to add depth to a project that initiated with the addition of left tackle Riley Reiff in 2012.
When the start of training camp arrived, it was too early to tell if Warford was able to handle a starting job. Throughout preseason he was simply referred to as a developmental prospect who would add depth along the offensive line.
Throughout the 2013 season, Warford’s short eight-game NFL career hasn’t disappointed anyone. He has yet to allow a sack and has rapidly matured into an offensive anchor. The Detroit Lions today are the second most feared team passing and sixth in scoring. Larry Warford has put on a rock-solid performance and has helped to create one of the best protected pockets in the NFL.