Despite putting together an outstanding rookie season, Detroit Lions right guard Larry Warford was not rewarded with a spot on one of the All-Pro lists in 2013. Actually, he didn't even receive an invitation to the Pro Bowl, and when an injury replacement was needed, fellow rookie Kyle Long (from the rival Chicago Bears) was chosen to go to Hawaii instead of Warford.
Warford may have been overlooked by All-Pro voters and those who put together the Pro Bowl rosters, but he was recognized as Pro Football Focus' 2013 Rookie of the Year. He finished the season with an impressive +22.8 grade, and he beat out Sheldon Richardson, Keenan Allen, Desmond Trufant and the NFL's other rookies to nab that honor.
Given that PFF has sort of been leading the Warford bandwagon since the end of the season, I suppose it's no surprise that he landed on their list of the NFL's three most underrated players. The list, which was put together for ESPN, is based in part on PFF’s Top 101 rankings, where Warford came in 67th. The thinking is that because he plays offensive guard and was merely a third-round pick last year, a lot of people haven't taken notice of Warford's talents, but that could change with another strong season in 2014.