ALLEN PARK — After the Detroit Lions drafted guard Larry Warford (Kentucky) in the third round, the upcoming look for the offensive line became a little clearer.
Of course, this could all change with a trade or free agent signing.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Riley Reiff, who was the Lions’ first-round pick a year ago, will start at left tackle.
“You know, that’s why we drafted him. Again, when (Jeff) Backus got hurt last year, that’s why we played him there. You never say never. You never know who is going to become available, what’s going to happen. But we drafted him as a left tackle,’’ Schwartz said. “We thought he could play right tackle, we think he can play guard. You know, Riley, if you gave him time, could probably play center too. He played tight end for us. He’s that kind of athlete. He’s a guy that can move around and do those things, but we drafted him as a left tackle. Probably, with the way things ended up here, we’ll probably start him off there. We have a lot of confidence in him. I mean, that’s why we drafted him last year. Last year, Riley was the second offensive lineman picked.”
Riley will be able to lean on the experience of left guard Rob Sims.
Warford will compete with Bill Nagy and Rodney Austin for the starting right guard position vacated when Stephen Peterman was released.
Corey Hilliard and Jason Fox will compete to start at right tackle.
There you have it.