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Larry Warford III (born June 18, 1991) is an American football guard for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Kentucky.

Larry Warford
No. 67 – New Orleans Saints
Position:Guard
Personal information
Born: (1991-06-18) June 18, 1991 (age 28)
San Diego, California
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:317 lb (144 kg)
Career information
High school:Madison Central
(Richmond, Kentucky)
College:Kentucky
NFL Draft:2013 / Round: 3 / Pick: 65
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Games played:86
Games started:86
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early yearsEdit

Born in San Diego, California to an African American father and a Samoan mother,[1] Warford attended Oceanside High School during his freshman and sophomore year.[1][2] By his sophomore year, he had earned a starting job as offensive tackle, protecting quarterback Jordan Wynn. One of his teammates on the offensive line was Brian Schwenke. After Warford's father retired from the United States Navy, his family moved to Richmond, Kentucky,[1] where he attended Madison Central High School and became a two-year all-state honoree. In his senior year, he was named a first-team all-state selection by the Associated Press and Louisville Courier-Journal.

Regarded as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Warford was listed as the No. 30 guard prospect in his class, behind Chance Warmack (No. 20) and Alvin Bailey (No. 27).[3] Warford chose Kentucky over Auburn and Louisville.

College careerEdit

Warford attended the University of Kentucky, where he played for the Kentucky Wildcats football team from 2009 to 2012. He started his career mostly as a reserve at right guard, appearing in 10 games, before earning a starting spot his sophomore year. He would go on to start 37 consecutive games for the Wildcats, and earned second-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) honors in three consecutive seasons.

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 3 in
(1.91 m)
332 lb
(151 kg)
33 38 in
(0.85 m)
9 12 in
(0.24 m)
5.56 s 1.85 s 3.14 s 5.10 s 7.78 s 22 12 in
(0.57 m)
8 ft 0 in
(2.44 m)
28 reps 27
All values from NFL Combine[4][5]

Detroit LionsEdit

Warford was selected by the Detroit Lions in the third round, with the 65th overall pick, of the 2013 NFL Draft.[6] He signed his rookie contract with the Lions on May 9, 2013; financial terms were not disclosed.[7]

In his rookie season, Warford became an immediate starter at right guard for the Lions,[8] and he did not give up a sack the entire 2013 season. He was named Pro Football Focus's Rookie of the Year.[9][10] He was named the 2013 recipient of the Detroit Lions/Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association Rookie of the Year Award. Warford started all 16 regular-season games as a rookie.

New Orleans SaintsEdit

On March 9, 2017, Warford signed a four-year, $34 million contract with the New Orleans Saints.[11] In his first season in New Orleans, he started 14 games at right guard, missing two games due to an abdomen injury, on his way to his first Pro Bowl.[12] In 2018, Warford started 15 games and made his second straight Pro Bowl appearance.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Tipton, Jerry (August 29, 2011). "UK offensive lineman Warford has NFL talent". KentuckySports.com.
  2. ^ "Front and Center: Brian Schwenke's control of his domain". The Daily Californian. October 4, 2012.
  3. ^ Rivals.com offensive guards 2009
  4. ^ http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/larry-warford?id=2539248
  5. ^ http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=90430&draftyear=2013&genpos=OG
  6. ^ https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/lions-draft-kentucky-offensive-guard-larry-warford-3rd-005124072.html
  7. ^ Dave Birkett, "Lions agree to terms with draft pick Larry Warford," Detroit Free Press (May 9, 2013). Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  8. ^ Larry Warford has been an atypical rookie thus far
  9. ^ https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2014/01/08/2013-pff-rookie-of-the-year/
  10. ^ https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2014/01/08/2013-pff-offensive-rookie-of-the-year/
  11. ^ Wesseling, Chris (March 9, 2017). "Saints signing former Lions guard Larry Warford". NFL.com.
  12. ^ Alper, Josh (January 22, 2018). "Larry Warford will join Saints coaches at the Pro Bowl". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com.

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