Former Kentucky Wildcat Larry Warford Is Made For The NFL

July 18, 2012; Hoover, AL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Larry Warford talks with reporters at the 2012 SEC media days event at the Wynfrey Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

If you’ve been following the NFL Draft, by now you should know that Kentucky Wildcat Larry Warford was drafted by the Detroit Lions with the 3rd pick in the 3rd round.  It seems like Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz is more than happy with that pick, according to an interview with DetroitLions.com.

Schwartz made a few jokes about Warford’s 335-pound frame, but he meant them in the best way possible, saying that

I mean, he’s not going to be on the men of the Lions calendar, I don’t know if we’d sell very many of them, but he’s made to play guard in the NFL.

That is a great compliment from an NFL head coach for a player who has never played a snap of an NFL game.  Warford is a very solid offensive lineman and fits into exactly what the Lions need for next season.

I don’t want to make light of it… but he’s a big, thick, powerful man and he’s made to play in there. He can be good setting our pocket.

Warford is expected to make an immediate impact for the Lions next season and even compete for a starting spot, as the Lions have an open spot at the right guard position.  However, Warford stated that being a starter right now is not of the most importance, saying that

I don’t want to talk about me starting.  I just want to come in and compete as hard as I can, keep working and hopefully learn from the best there about playing in the NFL.

A starting right guard spot in the NFL would be a dream come true for Larry Warford and he is going to use nothing but hard work to get there.  That’s what he did for four years at UK and it worked out well for him against high-quality SEC opponents night in and night out.  Best of luck to Warford in his future with the Detroit Lions.

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