Coming into the 2012 season, Warford was actually being projected as a first-round talent, but as with many prospects on losing teams, his stock fell as UKsuffered through a disastrous 2-10 campaign marred by a constant quarterback-shuffle, making it hard to see the impact Warford had along the offensive line. Now that he’s in the Senior Bowl, scouts are getting a front-row view of his immense talent, and he’s likely to hear his name called within the first two rounds of April’s draft.
I thought I’d be doing football and a few interviews and then I’d be going back to my room and reading my playbook and watching TV or something. After being here for a couple of days, I can see I’m not going to be able to do that for a while. I can’t count how many interviews I’ve done so far (with NFL teams).
You just let them know about yourself in as short a time as possible. They already know a lot of stuff about you. They just want to know you as a person.
For me, I try to let them know who I am, not be fake. I’m a team guy. I don’t have any bad history on me, so they don’t have to worry about anything like that. Just stuff like that, mainly.
Warford attributed Kentucky’s struggles this year to the roster being so young, coupled with the fact they faced a brutal schedule:
That was a bad deal. We had a real young team and the toughest schedule in America. I hoped more for the team, but given the circumstances, it would have been really tough to pull off a better season. It just didn’t happen. I think we were rated the No. 4 youngest team in the nation and we had the No. 1 toughest schedule in the nation. Given those two facts, for anybody it would have been tough.
Warford earned AP third-team All-America honors in 2012 after not allowing a sack the entire season, and accounted for a team-high 45 knockdown blocks, like the one’s you’ll se in his highlights at UK