2013 Draft Profile: Marcus Lattimore

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He burst onto the scene in 2010 as the SEC Freshman of the year with 1,197 yards and 17 touchdowns and averaged 4.8 YPC. He also hauled in 29 receptions for 412 and another touchdown. Then to start his Sophomore year he was one of the leading rushers in the country in the first seven games before he tore ligaments in his left knee.He had 818 yards with a 5.02 YPC and 10 touchdowns.

Pros: Lattimore is a very well-rounded running back. He has great power and is a very difficult runner to bring down. He will break through any arm tackles with no problem. He has very good vision in finding and hitting the holes very quickly and is also much more agile than one might initially think when seeing him. He also runs with very good pad level and cutting ability.

Cons: He doesn’t really have that second gear in order to break away from people if he gets loose. Also you have to have some durability concerns after tearing those ligaments in his left knee. Especially if South Carolina continues to work him like they did as a Freshman.

Draft Projection: Mid to late first round.

He is a big bruising back that can be plugged into an NFL starting lineup right away and be expected to produce, and produce well. He will be a consistent running back who will get you first downs either running or passing. With the west coast offense being what the Bengals run, the pass catching ability is a definite plus. He is exactly the kind of back I would love to see in Bengals stripes.

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