The Detroit Lions haven’t made a habit of easily handing out starting jobs to rookies and it looks like that will be no different with Larry Warford.
The selection of Warford in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft would make it easy to assume he will start at right guard. While he very well may be in the starting lineup when the Lions host the Minnesota Vikings in week one, he will only do so having earned it in OTAs and training camp.
Warford was already going to have to battle with Bill Nagy and Rodney Austin but the Lions, in their never-ending quest to improve the roster, have added another contender. LeRoy Harris, formerly of the Tennessee Titans, has agreed to terms with the Lions according to team reporter Tim Twentyman.
Harris started all 39 games he played for the Titans over the last three years. His 2012 season was cut short due to a partially torn ACL. He isn’t quite 100% recovered from the injury but he worked out for the Lions on May 22 and was apparently able to show enough that the Lions liked.
In the eight games before suffering the injury, Harris struggled in pass protection earning a -9.3 pass block rating from Pro Football Focus. For comparison, the much maligned Stephen Peterman finished at -8.5 over the course of 16 games.
Warford still has to be seen as the favorite to earn the starting job at right guard but Harris could prove to be veteran depth.