Larry Warford is the big body the Lions need in the interior of their o-line

Posted by ttwentyman on April 26, 2013 – 11:22 pm

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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7 Responses to “Larry Warford is the big body the Lions need in the interior of their o-line”

  1. By steve on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    i think warford is a great pick for the lions i could see the o line this year in my opinion rieff-sims-riaola-warford-hilliard but overall im satisfied with the picks they made ansah and clay and warford great picks

  2. By stafffan on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    I feel better about this years picks than last years. When your talent level reaches a certain level, you switch from “Best Player Available” to “Filling Your Needs”. It seems as if this organization has taken that step. GO LIONS!!!!!

  3. By Don on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    I have got to say that I am sooooo Happy about this draft!
    Welcome Larry warford to the “D” I am and I am sure that a lot of people are Very happy to get you! I know your going to get the job done that we need done protect Stafford and open holes for RBs! I am Very, Very happy about this whole draft and I can see a ton of improvement with all the picks that you guy’s made. I really,Really love that CB also1 the TE heck I love em all.

  4. By john on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    wow , wow, what a great free agency and draft , lions are on the mark with
    all prospects. love the tight end. get ready to run the football. defense is
    going to be explosive. can’t wait for the season to start. Go Lions.

  5. By frank ribble on Apr 30, 2013 | Reply

    warford was a no-brainer pick. he should be ready to play from day 1. the only pick that is more sure to start is the punter.

  6. By Black Wolf Standing on May 3, 2013 | Reply

    I seen Warford and stood beside him. WOW! He made me look like a little play toy and I’m 6′ and 240lbs with less than 2% body fat.

    I was saying there are always big bodies in the later rounds of the draft. He’s not even the biggest body out there. There still some undrafted rookies out there that are bigger if we need just pure strength and mass. But they would never be able to pull or set blocks down field.

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