The Detroit Lions had a fantastic 2013 NFL Draft (including undrafted free agency, of course), and their two best finds were offensive linemen Larry Warford and LaAdrian Waddle, who were both fixtures last season. Waddle was a surprise player in the offseason and blossomed into a strong right tackle when he started, and he’s ahead of the competition this offseason. Warford was even better, and he quickly established himself as one of the best rookies in the class and a clear top-ten guard in this league.
It’s going to be exciting to watch how these two young stars develop over the coming seasons, and there’s no doubt that Warford will soon receive the national attention he deserves and be regarded as an elite talent at the guard position. According to Lions official site beat writer Tim Twentyman, star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has the teammate he matches up against in practice tabbed as a Pro Bowl player next season.
Suh is regarded as one of the game’s best defensive tackles, and Warford will soon have the same status at his own position. I agree that Warford is right there in the running for an All-Pro or Pro Bowl spot, and he will play at that level in 2014. However, actually making the Pro Bowl will mostly be contingent on enough fans noticing him, so here’s to hoping more people recognize his star talent on the Lions steady offensive line.