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Ex-Cat Warford fitting in well with Lions

Detroit Lions offensive lineman and former Wildcat Larry Warford was on hand to support Kentucky's graduating seniors at Pro Day. The players were assessed in the 40-yard dash, the pro shuttle, the vertical jump and other skills in front of NFL officials and scouts.
Detroit Lions offensive lineman and former Wildcat Larry Warford was on hand to support Kentucky's graduating seniors at Pro Day. The players were assessed in the 40-yard dash, the pro shuttle, the vertical jump and other skills in front of NFL officials and scouts. Herald-Leader

Former University of Kentucky lineman Larry Warford, a third-round draft pick by the Detroit Lions, is expected to challenge for a starting position. In a story on DetroitLions.com, Warford said that the team's offensive line is already a tight-knit group despite limited time to work out together so far.

"In general, I find that all offensive linemen are the same, they have a lot of the same interests," Warford said. "We all get along really well and that makes things so much easier for us.

"Rob (Sims) has really been there for me as far as stuff away from football. I went to his house to watch the game, hang out, play pool. I went fishing with Jason (Fox) and Riley (Reiff).

"You don't want to spend all of your time doing football, you don't want to overload yourself or you'll go crazy. They've been very accommodating in helping me with that."

One of Warford's coaches confirmed the smooth transition.

"He's really taken to our group, and our group has taken to him," offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn said. "He's got a great personality, good sense of humor, self-effacing, which is good for a rookie. He just has a real pleasant demeanor and guys have taken to him quite a bit."

In the process of absorbing everything over the course of organized team activities and mini-camps, Warford found everyone to be helpful, especially veterans like Sims and Dominic Raiola.

"I love having the 'old guys' here," Warford said. "I was talking to Dom and I said, 'Hey man, when was your rookie year?' and he said '2001,' I was 10. I was 10 years old his rookie year. It's so great to have such experienced vets on the team because they can help you any time you need it. ... If I have a question, I can go to them, and they want to help you so you can help the team progress."

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