Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 4/131 -- Marcus Lattimore, CB, 5-11, 221, South Carolina...Steal of the draft? If Lattimore was completely healthy, he would have been the draft's top running back. With Frank Gore, LaMichael James, Kendall Hunter making up an impressive backfield, the 49ers have the luxury of bring Lattimore back slowly. - The Sports Xchange
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04/28/13 - A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 4/131 -- Marcus Lattimore, CB, 5-11, 221, South Carolina...Steal of the draft? If Lattimore was completely healthy, he would have been the draft's top running back. With Frank Gore, LaMichael James, Kendall Hunter making up an impressive backfield, the 49ers have the luxury of bring Lattimore back slowly. - The Sports Xchange
04/08/13 - 2013 South Carolina Pro Day: There were 32 NFL teams represented at South Carolina Pro Day on March 27. Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis was among the coaches who attended. A total of 18 players worked out on field-turf outdoors in 50 degree weather with 5 mph wind. The scouts who attended enjoyed the well-run pro day. Marcus Lattimore RB (5-11 7/8, 219 pounds) – He did not do any sprints or jumps, but he did go through workout that approved by his medical team, however, Lattimore did catch the football in a stationary position. The entire South Carolina football team and Lattimore’s mother gave Lattimore a loud ovation after he completed his final workout.
One scout said that as many pro days he’s attended he’s never seen a player get applauded for a workout. This kid is one of the nicest people you’ll ever come across. His mother and step father are just wonderful people. It’s unfortunate that he got hurt. He was a very, very good football player. It looks right now like he’s battled all the odds and he’s going to win and get a chance to play in the NFL. It’s unbelievable what he’s accomplished after a devastating injury in his last year at South Carolina. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/29/13 - 2013 South Carolina Pro Day: Injuries have derailed a prospect once considered a potential first-rounder, but Lattimore maintained his usual upbeat attitude about what he accomplished at his pro day. "I could be out there doing something (in on-field drills), but it's not smart to be doing that at this time," he said. "I wanted to be out there bad, just get out there and run some routes. "(But scouts) were able to see me use my feet, use my knee and see that my knee is fine. It felt great, but I know I've got a lot of work to do and I need at least three or four more months before I put on some pads. I feel like my step-ups showed a lot, when I stepped up onto the box with my right leg. Just showing how stable it is, showing that it's still good and it's progressing."
Lattimore said he has been sprinting recently, though not at full speed, and that he still hopes to play in the first half of next season. He will not have a personal pro day, but will go to Indianapolis next Friday and Saturday for a follow-up examination by NFL doctors. They first examined him at last month's combine in Indianapolis. "Everything has been progressing perfect," he said. "I know I'll be back playing football, no doubt. One team is going to believe in me. I know that." - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange
03/29/13 - 2013 South Carolina Pro Day: Marcus Lattimore hadn't walked onto the field at South Carolina's Williams-Brice Stadium since Oct. 27, when he suffered a gruesome injury to multiple ligaments in his right knee in a game against Tennessee. Five months later, the running back who spent three seasons helping to elevate the Gamecocks' program returned to their home field Wednesday to participate in South Carolina's pro day. Although he isn't ready yet to take part in on-field drills such as the 40-yard dash, he did some indoor exercises for NFL scouts to demonstrate the progress of his knee.
He quickly stepped in and out of the squares on a rope ladder. He jumped from a standing position onto an 18-inch box and did the same with a 24-inch box. He did step-up exercises onto a box. He did lunges, reverse lunges and balanced on one leg and lowered himself as far as he could. What it means for his NFL Draft status remains to be seen. The draft's third and final day is a month from Wednesday. The fourth through seventh rounds are picked on that day, and Lattimore is currently rated as a fourth- to fifth-round prospect by NFLDraftScout.com and the No. 11 running back available in this class. - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange
03/01/13 - 2013 NFL PRO DAY DATES TO REMEMBER: Lattimore suffered a devastating knee injury in November, his second serious knee injury in as many years, and is furiously rehabbing to work out for scouts before the draft. He might be the most gifted running back in this draft class, but his durability is a bright red flag. Allen suffered a knee injury in late October that ended his season and kept him from participating at the combine. He has scheduled his pro day for April 9 in Greensboro, N.C., and is still in the conversation to be top receiver drafted. Carradine tore his ACL late in the 2012 season but is already a month ahead of his rehab schedule and has begun running. The potential first-round pick expects to be 100 percent by mid-April and plans to perform every agility and positional drill for scouts at his own pro day. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/21/13 - Three months after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery, running back Marcus Lattimore says NFL doctors who examine him at this week's combine "will be shocked, I can tell you that." The former South Carolina star, who appeared on the school's weekly radio program Inside the Roost, said he's way ahead of schedule in his recovery. He won't do physical drills at the combine, but said he'll start running Monday and then “it's game on.”
The school's all-time leader with 41 career touchdowns and 38 rushing scores, Lattimore sustained a gruesome injury Oct. 27 against Tennessee, tearing three ligaments and dislocating his right knee. He underwent surgery Nov. 7 and says he plans to play this fall. Lattimore has been rehabbing -- lifting weights, building strength in the knee and jogging lightly in a pool -- under the supervision of Dr. James Andrews, part of the team that performed the operation. Andrews, a Redskins physician, will be at the combine to answer questions from teams about Lattimore's progress. Andrews reportedly told Lattimore he'd "shock the world" with his recovery.
Lattimore (6-foot, 218 pounds) would have been a surefire first-round pick had he stayed healthy in 2012, even after missing the last six games of 2011 with a left knee injury. Now he's viewed as a fourth-round pick by CBSSports.com. NFL Network's Mike Mayock said Lattimore likely will go in the third round even though teams won't expect him to make an impact until 2014. - Larry Hartstein, CBSSports.com
02/20/13 - 2013 NFL Combine, Medical watch: Lattimore is an obvious focus for teams looking for a running back. When healthy, he's shown the vision, body lean and leg drive of an NFL workhorse and has been a standout since stepping onto the field for the Gamecocks as a true freshman. Unfortunately, though he's been a dominant force against SEC competition and scouts rave about his work ethic, he's facing an uphill battle in the NFL due to his struggles with durability, which appeared long before the Oct. 27 collision with a Tennessee defender which caused "Willis McGahee-like injuries" to his right knee and has since been characterized by his former head coach Steve Spurrier as a knee dislocation.
The 6-0, 220-pound Lattimore has long legs, which, in part due to his determined running style, take some hellacious hits. This has resulted in his missing action in each of his three seasons of college football. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/14/12 - South Carolina Running Back Marcus Lattimore officially announced that he will forgo his final year of eligibility with the Gamecocks and enter the 2013 NFL draft at a press conference at Williams Brice Stadium on Wednesday. "This has easily been the best 3 years of my life" Lattimore said. But he'd go on to say "after lots of praying and discussion with my family, I decided this was the best decision for me. "
Lattimore suffered his 2nd year ending knee surgery in 2 season on October 27th against Tennessee. Dr. Jeff Guy, who performed the procedure, said Lattimore tore 3 of the 4 ligaments in his knee including the ACL which had to be completely restructured. But luckily there are no cartilage problems and says Lattimore is right on course for where he needs to be and shouldn't need additional surgeries. Gamecocks Head Coach Steve Spurrier said he supports Lattimore's decision to enter the draft "100%" going on to say "at some point when you can play this game the way Marcus can, you need to be financially rewarded." - Kevin Bilodeau, WCSC TV 5 News
12/10/12 - Some might not agree with his decision to go pro, especially coming off back-to-back seasons ended by knee injuries. But making the jump now allows him to receive medical treatment from NFL teams and also a contract to get paid while he rehabs. There is also the concern that if he returned to school and suffered another injury that his career could be over without a chance in the NFL.
A native of Duncan, S.C., Lattimore finishes his Gamecock career with 2,677 rushing yards and 38 touchdowns. Thousands turned out for an on-campus celebration of Lattimore the week after his October injury, also celebrating his 21st birthday. Head coach Steve Spurrier, who once called Lattimore perhaps the most popular South Carolina player ever, was in attendance and gave fans even more reason to cheer.
“The message he gave me was, I'll be back,” Spurrier said. “So he's coming back.” Apparently Lattimore changed his mind. And it's tough to blame him. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/10/12 - South Carolina junior running back Marcus Lattimore has decided to skip his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL Draft, according to ESPN. After suffering a torn ACL in his left knee last year, he injured several ligaments in his right knee this past season after an ugly collision on Oct. 27 against Tennessee. Lattimore has first round talent and ability, but obviously the knee issues and durability concerns will weigh heavily on his draft stock. According to Joe Schad's report, Lattimore's recovery “is on schedule” but there is still a chance he might not be ready for the 2013 NFL season.
Few thought Willis McGahee would be a first round pick after he suffered a devastating knee injury in the National Championship Game in 2003, but after a remarkable recovery, he was drafted 23rd overall by the Buffalo Bills a few months later. It's unlikely Lattimore will be drafted as high, but his draft projection won't become clear until closer to the draft when he hopes to jog and make some football moves for NFL teams. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com