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Warford getting rave reviews at Senior Bowl practices

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Larry Warford was named third-team All-America by the Associated Press following his senior season. (Britney McIntosh, UK Athletics) Larry Warford was named third-team All-America by the Associated Press following his senior season. (Britney McIntosh, UK Athletics)
Six different former Wildcats who just finished up their Kentucky football careers have been tabbed to participate in national all-star games as they pursue professional careers, but one in particular is getting quite a bit of attention.

Offensive guard Larry Warford will play in the Senior Bowl - the premier pre-draft event - in Mobile, Ala., which the NFL Network will air live at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday. Scouts will be watching the game closely, but have been watching practices this week even more intently as the nation's best seniors go head-to-head.

Warford came in with a solid reputation, but has impressed almost anyone who has seen him this week. Here are a few links to stories that mention his play:

Scout's notebook: Turning attention to South team
(Bryan Broaddus, DallasCowboys.com)

My scout's crush on Kentucky guard Larry Warford continued today and grew a little strong after I watched him live during this afternoon's practice. He's just such a big man that moves so well for his size that you can't help but like what he can do as a player. There were several times where rushers tried to take him down the middle and he would just sit or anchor down, not allowing them to go anywhere. There were times where the tackle blocked down inside and he quickly pulled to his right getting around the corner. He was good on the backside when he had to make the cut off block getting his head front side keeping the defender from the play. For his size, he moves well, very light on his feet and able to mirror and adjust with ease. Only had one time where he lunged and became overextended and lost his contact and base which hurt him. Had this thought that he might have been there in the second round when the Cowboys selected if they went defensive line in the first round. Think he is one of those guys that might go earlier in the second because of the position he plays. The way he plays on tape is showing in these practices.

Pauline's Day 1 stock report (Tony Pauline, PhiladelphiaEagles.com)

Larry Warford/G/Kentucky: Warford was a blocker who was not to be beat on Monday. He was dominant all day and controlled opponents in drills as well as scrimmage. Once Warford got his hands on a defender it was game over. He's a big, strong lineman with a wide body and the type of prospect who will be sought out by a power running offense.

SEC players dominate South roster (Mark Inabinett, AL.com)

Kentucky guard Larry Warford (6-3, 343 pounds): A massive guard, Warford, despite the Wildcats' 2-10 record, still made an impression during the 2012 season. He was selected to the All-SEC second team and the AP All-American third team. Warford started the final 37 games of his collegiate career.

Who's standing out at Senior Bowl practices? (Mike Herndon, AL.com)

On the offensive line, guards Larry Warford of Kentucky and Brian Winters of Kent State and tackles Eric Fisher of Central Michigan and Lane Johnson of Oklahoma have been impressive in one-on-ones.

The consensus on Warford this point seems to be that he is a likely second-round pick with an outside chance at sneaking into the first round. ESPN.com's Mel Kiper ranks Warford as the No. 3 guard prospect in a "flat-out loaded class."

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