No. 75 Detroit Lions
|Date of birth:June 18, 1991|
|Place of birth: San Diego, California|
|High school: Richmond (KY) Madison Central|
|NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 3 / Pick: 65|
|Debuted in 2013 for the Detroit Lions|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Larry Warford III (born June 18, 1991) is an American football offensive lineman for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Kentucky. Warford was considered one of the best guard prospects in his class, and was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Born in San Diego, California to an African American father and a Samoan mother, Warford attended Oceanside High School during his freshman and sophomore year. 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, 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). Warford chose Kentucky over Auburn and Louisville.
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.
Warford started all 16 regular-season games as a rookie Detroit Lion in 2013.
2013 NFL Draft
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP||Wonderlic|
|6 ft 3 1⁄4 in||332 lb||33 3⁄8 in||9 1⁄2 in||5.58 s||5.10 s||7.78 s||22 1⁄2 in||8 ft 0 in||28 reps||27|
|All values from NFL Combine|
He signed his rookie contract with the Lions on May 9, 2013; financial terms were not disclosed.
In his rookie season, Warford became an immediate starter at right guard for the Lions, and he did not give up a sack the entire 2013 season. He was named ProFootballFocus.com's Rookie of the Year and Offensive Rookie of the Year on January 8, 2014. He was named the 2013 recipient of the Detroit Lions/Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association Rookie of the Year Award.
- "2013 Top NFL Draft Prospects: Offensive Guard". CBSSports.com. Retrieved March 24, 2012.
- Tipton, Jerry (August 29, 2011). "UK offensive lineman Warford has NFL talent". KentuckySports.com.
- "Front and Center: Brian Schwenke's control of his domain". The Daily Californian. October 4, 2012.
- Rivals.com offensive guards 2009
- Dave Birkett, "Lions agree to terms with draft pick Larry Warford," Detroit Free Press (May 9, 2013). Retrieved May 19, 2013.
- Larry Warford has been an atypical rookie thus far