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Larry Warford could shake the commissioner’s hand very, very soon


It may not be long before Larry Warford hears his name called once tonight’s second and third rounds of the NFL draft get underway. Warford is now considered to be the best offensive guard available on the board and there are a number of teams looking to go that route with their second round pick. Not to mention, Athlon Sports called Warford the best available player on Day Two — that’s right, the BEST AVAILABLE — ahead of guys like Heisman runner-up Manti Te’o and projected first rounder Geno Smith.

Once he’s selected, Warford will be Kentucky’s first offensive lineman selected in the draft in 20 years. If he goes in Round 2, he’ll be just the fifth Wildcat picked up in the first two rounds during that 20-year span, and depending how quickly he comes off the board, he could be UK’s third highest selection since George Adams went in the first round in 1985. Dermontti Dawson, one of my all-time favorites, had the best showing by a Kentucky offensive lineman in the NFL draft when he went to the Pittsburgh Steelers at No. 44 in 1988. There is a decent chance a team calls dibs on Warford before this year’s 44th pick is on the clock.

Regardless of where he ends up, one lucky team is getting an NFL-ready lineman to power block and fill gaps in the middle. He should start right away this fall.

Go Larry.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

6 Comments for Larry Warford could shake the commissioner’s hand very, very soon

  1. asfsdg
    1:09 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Nice pic.

  2. wnsuth86
    1:19 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    I was really hoping my Bears went for Tyler Eifert or Sharif Floyd in Rnd 1 & then went for Warford in Rnd 2 instead of reaching for Kyle Long…Oh well.

  3. geno smith
    1:50 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Why is everyone hating on me? plenty of good QB’s have been taken in the 2nd round

  4. uk3k_J
    1:50 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    I would pass on the Teo drama if I was a GM. not enough upside for all of the scrutiny.

  5. Mike
    2:35 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Look at the recruiting bump that Butch Jones will be getting with his guy that he recruited and developed being picked #1.

  6. memphis
    2:46 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah, but can he block for a bubble screen?