Coming into the 2012 season, Warford was actually being projected as a first-round talent, but as with many prospects on losing teams, his stock fell as UK suffered through a disastrous 2-10 campaign marred by a constant quarterback-shuffle, making it hard to see the impact Warford had along the offensive line.
Warford attributed Kentucky’s struggles this year to the roster being so young, coupled with the fact they faced a brutal schedule:
"That was a bad deal. We had a real young team and the toughest schedule in America. I hoped more for the team, but given the circumstances, it would have been really tough to pull off a better season. It just didn’t happen. I think we were rated the No. 4 youngest team in the nation and we had the No. 1 toughest schedule in the nation. Given those two facts, for anybody it would have been tough."
Despite Kentucky's sorry season, Warford made The Associated Press All-American third team. But Warford said he came to the Senior Bowl looking to get better and to show he has addressed any shortcomings that NFL evaluators may have detected in his play.
"I'm trying to improve on what I've been criticized about,"
Warford said. "Everybody has to improve. NFL guys still have to improve. There's always something to work on. I've been criticized for not playing with my hips bent, balance issues. The time in whole training I've been trying to work on that and, hopefully, I can show the NFL scouts I've improved in that area."
Warford said he's been working out since the season ended under the direction of LeCharles Bentley, the former All-Pro center of the New Orleans Saints. "He's helped me out a whole bunch, especially with my technique," Warford said.
After not allowing a sack the entire season
, and accounted for a team-high 45 knockdown blocks, like the one’s you’ll see in his highlights at UK I would say he's as solid a interior lineman prospect as there is in this class.
Now that he’s in the Senior Bowl, scouts are getting a front-row view of his immense talent, and he’s likely to hear his name called within the first two rounds of April’s draft.