Lions rookie guard Larry Warford was the fourth-best guard overall in the NFL this past regular season, according to Pro Football Focus. (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)
Allen Park — The Lions’ 2013 rookie class got a ringing endorsement from ProFootballFocus.com.
Right guard Larry Warford was named offensive rookie of the year. Warford, defensive end Ziggy Ansah and punter Sam Martin were all named to PFF’s all-rookie team.
“It’s not the flashiest of picks,” PFF founder Neil Hornsby wrote of Warford winning offensive rookie of the year. “He didn’t rumble into the end zone for touchdowns or make leaps at the goal lines to pick up scores. He doesn’t play for a playoff team, and you don’t see him getting a lot of talk in review programs or during the actual game.
“Yet what Warford has done is look like an NFL player since Day One. Of every guard in the league who we graded on every single play, Warford would finish fourth out of all of them. Positives in every area with no sacks allowed in pass protection and just four penalties called on him all year. While others experienced peaks and valleys, Warford was a model of consistency, grading out positively in all but three games.”