University of Kentucky guard Larry Warford conducted a private workout with the Browns last week, a league source told the Beacon Journal today.
The 6-foot-3, 332-pound Warford started all 37 games at right guard during the past three seasons. NFLDraftScout.com projects him as a second- or third-round pick.
Last year, Warford was named a third-team All-American by the Associated Press. He become the first Kentucky offensive lineman to receive the AP honor since Warren Bryant in 1976.
This past season, Warford did not allow a sack, graded out at 90.3 percent on blocking assignments and tallied 48 knockdown blocks, according to Kentucky. He also received second-team All-SEC honors in each of the past three seasons.
The Browns are in the market for a guard partly because they are uncertain of Jason Pinkston’s status for next season. Pinkston, the team’s starting left guard, had his 2012 cut short after a blood clot was discovered in his lung. Pinkston tweeted last week that a blood clot in his right leg is gone, and he expects more updates after he meets with a specialist Thursday.
According to Pro Football Weekly’s annual draft preview book, Warford’s weight ballooned as a senior and will need to be monitored. The draft guide also projects Warford as a potential starter if he can stay in shape and play near 325 pounds like he did as a junior.