Age: 25 (6/18/1991)
Experience: Four Seasons
Previous Team: Detroit Lions
Larry Warford was the 2013 Pro Football Focus Rookie of the Year. He burst onto the scene with a dominant display along the offensive line, but has regressed during the three seasons that have followed—a truth that may benefit the New York Giants.
Whether or not Warford’s market value suffers, it’s easy to see why signing a 25-year-old guard who’s already an above-average player would be a wise decision.
Warford will turn 26 in June, which gives him more than enough time to continue developing into a star-caliber lineman. Considering he’s above-average in both pass protection and blocking for the run, it’s fair to believe that his current level of play is sufficient already.
Solidifying the offensive interior with Warford would result in New York providing better protection for Eli Manning and creating more running lanes for Paul Perkins.
Many players are stronger in one area than the other, but Warford is reliable in both pass and run protection. There are still areas in which he must improve, but in a draft class with questionable talent along the offensive line, the Giants can strike gold with Warford.
Young, promising, and established, Warford could be an impact player as soon as Week 1 for the Giants if Jerry Reese gets something done.