Larry Warford: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Kentucky OG

Ross WarnerContributor IIIApril 25, 2013

Larry Warford: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Kentucky OG

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    Larry Warford is not a name that has been linked to the Chargers thus far.  However, as the draft unfolds, he may become more attractive to them.  For starters, he hails from San Diego, although he was raised in Richmond.  He is not known for his technique and is not expected to last past the 45 pick

    Nonetheless, it is not often that Kentucky has a player being talked about come draft day.  To show his versatility, Warford even played a little center on his Pro Day in the hopes of impressing the Giants

    Combine results courtesy of NFL.com. College stats courtesy of Sports-Reference.com.

Background

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    Birthday: June 18, 1991

    Hometown: Richmond, VA (Born In San Diego)

    High School: Oceanside HS and Madison Central HS

    Major: Community communications and leadership development


    Right now, Warford is slotted to go with the between the No. 40 and No. 50 overall picks  Of course, this is just speculation on the part of the "experts."  He first drew attention with his series of strong practices during Senior Bowl Week.  Still, getting picked in the first round is probably a stretch. 

Statistics

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    Unfortunately for Warford, his combine performance was less-than-impressive.  According to Russ Lande of the National Football Post:

    Warford disappointed by running a 5.58 40 and was extremely sluggish out of the blocks with a 1.92 10 yard split, the slowest of the day. His technique was sloppy and he looked uncomfortable athletically, which will likely lead to some scouts taking a closer look at film because he is viewed as such a second or third round prospect.

    Combine Results

    40 20 10 Bench
    5.56 3.14 1.85 28
    Vertical Broad Shuttle Cone
    22.50 8'0" 5.10 7.78

    However, this will most likely not affect his projected draft status.  Warford subsequently opted only to do positional drills during Kentucky's Pro Day.

Draft Process

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    Warford is looking to be the highest drafted Kentucky lineman since Dermontti Dawson.  It will be really interesting to see whether he is truly a "value pick" on Day 2.  It's all in the expectations.

    (All statistics from NFL.com and NFLDraftScout.com)

    Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
    6 ft 3 ¼ in 332 lb 33 ⅜ in 9 ½ in 5.58 s

    5.10 s 7.78 s 22 ½ in 8 ft 0 in

    28 reps

Interesting Facts

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    Warford's mother is from Samoa and he has not seen her for two years.  According to the National Football Post, his arm length is attractive for a prospect at guard.  Unfortunately, his lateral movement leaves something to be desired.

    However, KFFL's Cory Bonini cites Warford's whistle to whistle hustle and feels confident that he will be off the board somewhere in the second round.

Observations

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    Warford is reportedly on a number of teams' radar.  But at this stage, there are very few players who couldn't claim that.  CBS' Rob Rang suggests that Warford is a little thick around the middle.  If Warford was truly considered a first-round pick going into 2012, the flaws like that have left him as a Day 2 prospect.