Is selecting Larry Warford at #24 considered a reach?

Every off-season when all the NFL games have concluded, I find myself spending countless hours on video hosting websites like YouTube, Dailymotion, and Vimeo etc. trying to find as much highlights or game film on potential future NFL prospects. I’m far from a NFL scout; but watching college football and looking at game film on certain players (especially if that player was selected and/or signed by the Colts) is quite a hobby for me.

I have been paying attention to one particular player by the name of Larry Warford, he’s a massive Right Guard from the University of Kentucky who’s widely considered one of the best Guard prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft (ranked #3). At 6-3 335, he is a very stout and strong run blocker who can easily push defenders away from the ball-carrier and help spring the RB for a long gain. And in pass protection, he won’t let anyone beat him easily.

Right now the Colts need interior lineman badly especially at RG, after the lackluster performance by Mike McGlynn, an upgrade at the position is greatly needed. In my honest opinion, Warford’s stock in the draft has increased drastically; he has gone from being a 3rd Round pick at the beginning of 2012 to a 2nd Round and potential 1st Rounder at the end of the NCAA year.

I have watched tons of highlights and game film on Warford, and I have to say that he is being under
evaluated, I say this simply cause he has effectively locked down some of the best defensive tackle prospects in the NCAA including Florida’s Shariff Floyd, Missouri’s Sheldon Richardson, Georgia’s DT duo of Jonathan Jenkins and Kwame Geathers, and Alabama’s Jesse Williams. He clearly held his own and went neck-to-neck with the best.

A guy like Warford can play against 1st and 2nd Round DT/NTs without allowing a sack, pressure, or hurry. Warford is rated as the 3rd best Guard prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft (behind Alabama’s Chance Warmack and North Carolina’s Johnathan Cooper), it makes me wonder why is he listed as a 3rd Rounder at worst and 2nd Rounder at best.

Larry Warford vs Florida

Larry Warford vs Missouri

Larry Warford vs Georgia

Draft Profile: Larry Warford

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors.

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