Larry Warford was the only Cat drafted in last year’s NFL draft, but he certainly made the most of his Rookie season. This past week Warford was selected Rookie of the Year by Pro Football Focus. PFF breaks down film of each NFL game, giving every player a statistically based rating. It’s often difficult to discern how well an offensive guard is playing, but the ratings don’t lie. Warford did not allow a sack all season, finishing with the highest rating (plus-22.8) of a rookie guard since PFF debuted in 2008. PFF had nothing but nice things to say about Warford:
“Yet what Warford has done is look like an NFL player since Day 1. Of every guard in the league who we graded on every single play, Warford would finish fourth out of all of them. Positives in every area with no sacks allowed in pass protection and just four penalties called on him all year.“
Consistent play is hard to come by at the offensive guard position, requiring more athleticism than any other position on the offensive line. Warford’s first year has him setup for a long and hopefully healthy NFL career.