Detroit Lions guard Larry Warford looked over his left shoulder in the locker room Sunday and peered into the empty locker next to his. It belongs to veteran center Dominic Raiola and it represents Warford’s immediate future.

After the conclusion of a three-day rookie minicamp, Warford is prepared to see all of the veterans’ lockers occupied, to finally meet Raiola and to start learning.

“I’ve been hearing a lot about him,” Warford said. “They say he’s a character.”

It sounds like Raiola is ready to meet Warford, too. Warford’s locker used to belong to left guard Rob Sims. But that changed when the Lions drafted Warford last month in the third round out of Kentucky.

“Apparently he requested that I sat there,” Warford said. “That’s what the equipment guy said. They said he wanted me right there and all that. So I was like, ‘Should I be scared?’ I don’t know. But they asked me to sit there.”

It’s a smart move. The Lions will have at least three new starters on the offensive line, and Warford will receive guidance under Raiola’s wing. But Warford isn’t counting himself as a starter just yet.

“I have to keep working,” he said. “It can end up that I don’t even play. Obviously I want to live up to the expectations and eventually surpass them. So I’m not working to start, I’m working to just get myself better to eventually get myself to that position where I am making an impact.”