Larry Warford wasn’t the sexiest name in the Detroit Lions’ 2013 draft class but he was their most significant contributor as a rookie. Stepping in as the starting right guard from the beginning, Warford put together the kind of season that Lions fans aren’t used to seeing out of their interior offensive linemen – not since the likes of Jeff Hartings or Kevin Glover anyway.
When it was all said and done, Warford graded out as the fourth-best guard in the league according to Pro Football Focus. Forget just a Pro Bowl snub, Warford could have been a starter. Not bad for a third-round pick in a year when some Lions fans wanted the team to draft Chance Warmack or Jonathan Cooper with the fifth overall pick.
Looking back, Warford acknowledges he had a good rookie season but he still sees a lot of room for improvement. That’s a scary thought for opposing defenses. Warford had the following to say to DetroitLions.com:
“After everything was said and done, I did do pretty well, but me being me, I have so much more to improve on. Honestly, I feel like I didn’t even come close to what I could have done in terms of more technical stuff and technical issues I can improve on. Until I do that, I’m just like ehh.”
Warford felt like he wore down a bit toward the end of last season, although his individual game ratings from PFF don’t show any decline in his performance outside of a -1.6 overall rating for the loss to Baltimore. Warford was solidly positive in his ratings for each of the last eight games aside from the Ravens game.
Still, Warford feels like he will be better equipped to handle the longer NFL season compared to college.