Register Staff Report
Former Madison Central and University of Kentucky offensive lineman Larry Warford was selected by the Detroit Lions in the third round, the 65th overall pick, of the National Football League draft Friday evening in New York.
Warford is UK’s highest draft pick since Randall Cobb was taken in the second round (64th overall) by the Green Bay Packers in 2011, and he’s the school first offensive lineman drafted since Todd Perry (fourth round) and Chuck Bradley (sixth round) in 1993.
After the Lions announced his selection, Warford sent out this message on his twitter account: “Long wait well worth it. Crazy excited about my new family!!! LIONS!!!!!!”
Warford transferred to Central from Oceanside, Calif., in the summer of 2007 and he made an immediate impact.
Both seasons he played at Central, the team advanced to the second round of the state playoffs.
He anchored a dominant offensive line that allowed the Indians to rack up more than 2,000 yards rushing in 2007 and 2008.
At Kentucky, quickly developed into an All-SEC performer.
Warford did not allow a quarterback sack as a senior, grading at 90.3 percent for the season and totaling 48 knockdown blocks. He led the UK offensive line, being named game captain five times throughout the season. Warford helped UK tailbacks earn 4.9 yards per carry during the season, including rushing for 342 yards against Samford.
Warford earned Third-Team All-America honors by Phil Steele’s College Football and The Associated Press. He became the first UK offensive lineman to earn All-America status since Mike Pfeifer (first team by Football News, Mizlou) in 1989 and the first to receive the honor from the AP since Warren Bryant earned second-team honors in 1976. All totaled, he is the 12th UK offensive lineman to earn All-America honors in school history.
Warford was named First-Team All-SEC by ESPN.com and CBSSports.com and also was named a Second-Team All-Southeastern Conference performer by SEC coaches, AP, Phil Steele’s College Football and CollegeSportsMadness.com.
Warford ended his UK career having played in 47 games with 37 consecutive starts. The senior was named SEC Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week after UK’s win over Kent State, handling blocking responsibilities on KSU’s star lineman Roosevelt Nix. In the game, Warford collected eight knockdown blocks and graded out at 91.7 percent, while limiting Nix to only two assisted tackles.