Former Wildcat Larry Warford Boosting Draft Stock in Senior Bowl Practices

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Jan 23, 2013; Mobile AL, USA; Senior Bowl South Squad defensive lineman Everett Dawkins of Florida State (93) battles with offensive lineman Brian Schwenke of Cal (57) alongside offensive lineman Larry Warford of Kentucky (67) and offensive lineman Oday Aboushi of Virginia (72) during practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports


While all the talk right now is how to get theKentuckybasketball team moving in the right direction, it’s easy to overlook the NFL Senior Bowl occurring this week. Every year, many of college football’s top seniors gather inMobile,Alabamato showcase their abilities to NFL scouts in hopes of hearing their names called early in April’s NFL Draft.

Kentucky’s own Larry Warford is among the many prospects there, and he is the first UK player to be selected for the Senior Bowl since Derrick Locke in 2010 and the 33rd Wildcat to participate in the event, which is one of the top showcases for NFL Draft prospects every year. He’s been drawing rave reviews for his performance, leading some scouts to speculate that he could hear his name called in the first-round of the draft, a feat not accomplished by a UK player since Dewayne Robertson did so as the 4th-overall pick of the 2003 NFL Draft by the New York Jets.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper calls Warford one of the most underrated prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft.

He has been very underrated because he plays at Kentucky. He’s big, athletic and he can move and pull. He’s another 330-pounder that plays with strength and leverage. To me, he’s a second- or third-round possibility.


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