Larry Warford, DeAndre Levy part of USA Today's All-Joe Team

Posted Jan 26, 2014

The rookie guard and veteran linebacker were named to USA Today's team that recognizes "unsung heroes" of the previous season

Rookie guard Larry Warford and veteran linebacker DeAndre Levy have been named to USA Today's All-Joe team.

The All-Joe team was created in 1992 to recognize players whose work contributes to the success of others. Only players who have never made the Pro Bowl are eligible.

Warford, a third-round selection for the Lions in last year's draft, was a key piece to an offensive line that led the league fewest in sacks allowed for much of the season.

In his article, Nate Davis says of Warford: "Rookie third rounder played like a top-10 pick. A definite keeper."

Levy, who led the NFL in interceptions for much of the season with six, is thought to have missed out on the Pro Bowl because linebackers in a 3-4 scheme tend to be voted in due to their sack totals.

The fifth-year veteran made more than one game-saving interception, including one in the endzone at Chicago and two at Cleveland.

Said Davis of Levy: "Don't throw in his zone -- only Seattle's Richard Sherman picked off more passes than Levy's six, a gaudy figure for a linebacker."