Kentucky fans are swelling with pride about 3 former football Wildats playing in Sunday’s Super Bowl. The praise for former Cats in the NFL continues to filter in… Don Banks of Sports Illustrated took an interesting concept to his article last week, going through the 2013 NFL Draft and re-drafting based on actual rookie-year performance. He poses the question: What would we change if we knew then what we know now? Not only does Banks use each players’ performance as a basis for his re-ordering, but he also looks at what individual teams could have used, or which positions they ended up having a need for this season.
One former Wildcat, who had a particularly strong rookie campaign, made an appearance awfully high on Banks’ list. The Detroit Lions’ 3rd round draft pick, Larry Warford, would have checked in as the 3rd overall pick to the Miami Dolphins if Banks had a re-do pick. Banks explains his reasoning below:
In case you slept through the season, Miami’s offensive line was a disaster zone for much of the year, surrendering a franchise-worst 58 sacks and spawning the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognitio melodrama. Warford, a third-round pick, was simply a revelation for the Lions, going all season without surrendering a sack and providing superb run blocking.
Pretty impressive praise, and a pretty impressive rookie season for Larry Warford.
Go Cats. Go Matt Elam.