Photos of new Saints guard Larry Warford.
LARRY WARFORD - G**
JOINED SAINTS: UFA-17 (DET)
NFL EXPERIENCE: 5
NFL CAREER – Originally selected by the Detroit Lions in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft (65th overall) out of Kentucky, this fifth-year guard brings size, strength and foot quickness to the Saints' offensive line after having started every game he has appeared in since initially earning the starting right guard job upon his arrival in Detroit in 2013. In 2016, he started 15 contests and has opened 57 games over four seasons with the Lions.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Agreed to terms with the New Orleans Saints on a four-year contract, 3/10/16; Signed by Detroit to a four-year contract, 5/10/13; Selected in the third round (65th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.
2016 – Made 15 starts at right guard, missing one game with a hip injury…At Indianapolis, Sept. 11, helped the offense notch 116 rushing yards…Declared inactive in Week 6 vs. Los Angeles, Oct. 16…Vs. Washington, Oct. 23, helped the Lions offense complete a fourth quarter game-winning drive for the third consecutive week…Vs. Minnesota, Nov. 24, was part of an offensive line that helped the Lions total 308 net yards of offense in a 16-13 victory…Was part of an offensive line that helped the Lions score two passing touchdowns and net 422 total yards in a 28-13 victory at New Orleans, Dec. 4. 2015 – Started all 13 games he played, blocking for an offense that ranked ninth in the NFL with 4,212 passing yards. 2014 – Started all 13 games he appeared in, missing three games due to a knee injury…Contributed to an offense that gained 417 total yards vs. N.Y. Giants, Sept. 8…Helped Lions obtain 100-percent goal-to-go efficiency at Minnesota, Oct. 12, assisting on TDs from RBs Joique Bell and Theo Riddick…Was part of offensive line that helped gain 351 yards vs. Miami, Nov. 9…Inactive in Weeks 11 through 13 with a knee injury…Returned from injury as a key component of offensive line that helped control the ball for more than 36 minutes vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 7…Inactive in the NFC Wild Card game at Dallas, 1/4/15. 2013 – Started all 16 games at right guard as a rookie and helped pave the way for the Lions to average 392.1 net yards per game, the sixth-best mark in the league, and 15 rushing touchdowns. Part of an offensive line unit that ranked second in the NFL in sacks allowed (23)…Started his first NFL game at right guard in Week 1 vs. Minnesota, Sept. 8, and helped the Lions gain 481 yards of total offense…Blocked for Detroit's offense to gain 448 yards and score three touchdowns vs. Washington, Sept. 22…Key cog in the offensive line play that helped the Lions set a franchise single-game record by accumulating 638 total offensive yards (143 rushing, 480 passing) vs. Dallas, Oct. 27…Blocked for Detroit's running backs as the Lions gained 241 yards on the ground vs. Green Bay, Nov. 28.
COLLEGE – Started 37-of-47 games at Kentucky and earned All-SEC accolades all four years of his career…In three seasons as the starting right guard, led the SEC interior blockers with an 88.47-percent grade for blocking consistency and registered 36 TD-resulting blocks…As a senior, received All-American Second Team and All-SEC honors from The NFL Draft Report as the watch list member for both the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award after starting all 12 games at right guard, pacing the Wildcats with 48 knockdowns and 13 touchdown-resulting blocks as he did not allow a sack all season…As a junior, named All-SEC Second Team by the league's coaches as he led the league's interior blockers with a blocking consistency grade of 87.5-percent. Of the 21 Wildcat touchdowns in 2011, Warford paced the Wildcats with 13 TD-resulting blocks. Allowed just one of the team's 35 sacks…As a sophomore, took over the starting right guard duties and started all 13 games to achieve All-SEC Second Team recognition. Of the 21 Wildcat touchdowns in 2011, Warford paced Kentucky with 13 Td-resulting blocks. Contributed to Kentucky's 427.85 yards per game average, the 27th-best mark in the nation…As a freshman, appeared in 10 games as a reserve at right guard. Named to the SEC All-Freshman Team…Community communications and leadership development major.
PERSONAL – First attended Oceanside (Calif.) HS where he lettered in basketball as a freshman and sophomore…During his second season at the school, he also earned a starting job at offensive tackle for the football team…Later moved with his family to Richmond, Kentucky prior to his junior season and enrolled at Madison Central HS…Lettered twice in football at Madison Central and earned second-team All-State honors from the AP as a junior and first-team All-State accolades from the AP and Louisville Courier-Journal as a senior…Concluded his prep career by playing in the Kentucky East-West All-Star Game.