Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/9/13
Vitals Height: 6’0Weight: 218School: South CarolinaPosition: Running BackClass: JuniorCollege Production In his freshman season, Marcus Lattimore played in 12 games, rushed for 1,197 yards, and 17 rushing touchdowns while also contributing 412 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns. Lattimore started in South Carolina’s bowl game against Florida State but was injured on the Gamecocks first drive on a pass reception turned fumble and did not return to the game.His freshman season saw Lattimore finish second in the SEC in rushing attempts, third in the SEC in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, and touchdowns from scrimmage, and first in plays from scrimmage and total yards from scrimmage.In his sophomore season, Lattimore played in seven games, before missing the rest of the season with a knee injury, while rushing for 818 yards, and 12 touchdowns, while accumulating 182 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown.In his junior year, Lattimore played in nine games, before again missing the rest of the season with a knee injury, while rushing for 662 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns while also contributing 173 receiving yards.StrengthsLattimore’s biggest strength is his toughness and quick feet, which helps him to find his way through holes at the line of scrimmage, and makes him unafraid of fighting off defenders. Lattimore also has good hands and is able to catch passes in stride and is able to gain lots of yards after the catch.Weaknesses  The biggest hindrance to Lattimore being drafted and to his being successful in the NFL is his prior injuries. The last two seasons ended early for Lattimore because of knee injuries, and the one last season should have ended his career. I like a good comeback story as much as the next guy but the truth of the matter is that any team that drafts Lattimore will be taking a risk because the next play could be his last.DraftDue to his injuries and the fact that those injuries caused him to miss significant playing time during his college career, I see Lattimore being drafted as a second or third string running back meaning he probably would not be drafted until at least the fourth round. Additionally, if Lattimore is drafted in later rounds teams would be able to take less of risk by giving Lattimore a smaller contract but would be extremely happy if Lattimore turned out to be a superstar.With that being said I see Lattimore being a potentially good fit with the Denver Broncos, Green Bay, Miami, Pittsburgh or St. Louis.NFL Comparison I would compare Lattimore to current Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush. Both Bush and Lattimore are a good size and can be effective in both the running game and in the passing game.
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