Former Kentucky Wildcats in the NFL: How the Newest NFL Cats Fit their Teams

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September 22, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Larry Warford (67) and guard Zach West (75) block against the Florida Gators in the second quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


It was a historic Friday for the University of Kentucky football program and Wildcats offensive guard Larry Warford, as he was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 3rd round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

If you caught Bret Bibbins’ article about Warford going to the Lions, you already have a good idea of how the Lions believe Warford will thrive in Detroit.

While I like seeing Warford drafted, I’m not so sure the Lions were the best fit for his skills. Warford’s greatest strength is his run-blocking ability, and would have thrived as a rookie with a team that runs the ball more effectively than the Lions, who have been near the top of the league in passing attempts over the past two seasons, while being near the bottom in rush attempts. I think Warford will adjust and still be a good NFL offensive lineman, but he could have had a better impact as rookie with a team more dedicated to establishing the run-game.

Still, the Lions don’t have quality guards, and Warford should earn a starting spot by mid-season, and it won’t be any surprise to see him an opening day starter.

Fit Grade: B+

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