In a not so subtle way, Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz suggested Friday that new guard Larry Warford is a very large man.
“I mean, he’s not going to be on the men of the Lions calendar,” Schwartz said when referring to Warford’s 335-pound frame. “I don’t know if we’d sell very many of them, but he’s made to play guard in the NFL.
“I don’t want to make light of it… but he’s a big, thick, powerful man and he’s made to play in there. He can be good setting our pocket.”
Warford is a big man and that’s exactly what the Lions need in the interior of their offensive line.
Starting left guard Rob Sims made it a point last year to add as much as 20 pounds to help him be more powerful. Sims joked that he would make stops at Burger King for Whoppers before practice to help him gain the weight.
Warford, on the other hand, has a pretty good base to work with. He says it’s all about properly managing that base.
“It’s more my body composition I’ve been trying to work on,” he told reporters in a conference call Friday. “Just changing the way my body is shaped helps me play a lot more and be more explosive. It will take a lot of wear off my body in the long run. It’s not the specific weight, it’s just the way my body is formed.”
The form Warford’s been sporting the last four years has been working out pretty well for him. He’s started 37-of-47 games at Kentucky, earning All-SEC accolades all four seasons. In three seasons starting at right guard, he led all SEC interior blockers with an 88.47 percent grade for blocking consistency.
Still, Warford says he’s been working hard this offseason with former Pro Bowl center LeCharles Bentley to change his diet and help shape his body to be more durable and dominant.
“I worked with him up until the Combine and every day that I was there he completely changed around my diet and then (we worked on) offensive line development,” Warford said. “All we did was lifting and getting my body right. It was a lot of extreme work and I’ve benefited a lot from it.”
The Lions are expecting Warford to come in and compete right away for their vacant right guard spot, but he said he’s just worried about getting better every day.
“I don’t want to talk about me starting,” he said. “I just want to come in and compete as hard as I can, keep working and hopefully learn from the best there about playing in the NFL.”
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