Photo of Larry Warford
Drafted By: Lions
  • Round 3
  • Pick 3
  • Overall 65

Combine Results

Grade
88.3 ?
  • 5.58 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 28 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 22.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 96.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.78 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 5.10 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"This is one of my favorite football players in the draft. Every tape I put on, he was dominant. He's square and stout. I've been waiting for this kid to go, and in Detroit, you can't be so one dimensional, and this kid is going to help." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'3" Height
  • 33 3/8" Arm Length
  • 332LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands

Overview

Despite playing in the SEC, a conference known for its talent on the offensive line, Kentucky hasn’t had one of their “big uglies” picked in the NFL draft since 1993. Warford will certainly change that trend, as the three-time second-team All-SEC pick has been on scouts’ radar since he arrived in Lexington. Coaches point to Warford’s improvements on and off the field when questioned about their star lineman by the media, which is a good sign for his potential as an NFL starter.


Warford was actually a basketball player when attending high school in California, but changed his focus to football after moving to Madison Central in Kentucky for his junior and senior seasons. That move paid off early in his Wildcats career, as he was named by league coaches to the Freshman All-SEC team after he played 10 games as a reserve in 2009. His all-conference accolades came the next three seasons as he started all 37 games at right guard.

Analysis

Strengths

Big-bodied guard prospect with lower-body girth. Quick feet for his size, keeps them moving in pass protection to mirror his man and can adjust quickly to ride defenders penetrating gaps out of the play. Also plays with knee bend and has arm length to maintain distance from his man, will reset and punch with one or two hands throughout the play. Capable of getting off tackle block to pick up delayed blitzer. Flashes quickness to trap and get around the tackle to lead run plays. Gets down quickly to cut block and take out linebackers in the hole on traps. Hustles downfield to help out ballcarriers when needed. Plays with some attitude, brings some pop to his punch when helping his tackle against a pass rusher.

Weaknesses

As one might imagine for someone of his size, Warford is not tremendously explosive out of his stance. He also struggles to react quickly enough to defenders who are simply diving at his legs. For this reason, running directly behind him on short yardage situations is not as successful as one might expect given his size. It's also possible that quicker defensive lineman in the NFL with active hands could give him problems due to this deficiency.

NFL Comparison

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Bottom Line

Warford translated his power as a drive-blocker, unexpected foot quickness and downfield hustle into a fantastic, decorated college career –- and should win his share of battles against NFL linemen when able to get his thick body moving quickly off the snap. That size, strength, and those surprising nimble feet should help him nab a draft slot in the top half of the draft and step into a starting lineup at the next level immediately.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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