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April 26, 2013Former Kentucky right guard Larry Warford was drafted 65th overall by the Detroit Lions in the third round of the NFL Draft on Friday. He's the first UK offensive lineman drafted since 1993.
He's the highest drafted offensive lineman from Kentucky since future Hall of Famer Dermontti Dawson went 44th overall in 1988, and the highest UK player drafted since Randall Cobb went 64th overall in 2011.
Warford, a three-year starter for the Wildcats, was a standout from the day he arrived on campus. He was named named freshman All-SEC in 2009, then earned second team All-SEC honors in 2010, 2011 and 2012. He didn't allow a single sack in his senior season.
The 6-foot-3, 330-pound Warford could start immediately in the NFL. The Lions return starting left guard Rob Sims, but the other two guards on the roster were backups last season.
He could have been picked if he had chosen to forgo his senior season, but didn't seriously consider leaving after his junior year. He started every game over the last three seasons at UK, making 37 consecutive starts to close his career.
Warford did not immediately return multiple phone calls from CatsIllustrated.com on Friday seeking comment.
The NFL Draft concludes with rounds 4-7 on Saturday.