Saturday, April 15, 2017

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Marshon Lattimore

Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State (Cornerback)
6-0, 193
Lattimore was plagued by hamstring injuries during his first two seasons at Ohio State, and missed his freshman season as a result. He then was limited to just seven games as a sophomore because of the hamstring injury once again. He left for the draft after his redshirt sophomore season with the Buckeyes.
As a rs freshman, he finished with five tackles and three PBUs. as a sophomore, he finished with 41 tackles, one TFL, nine PBUs, four INTs, and one score.
The Good
Very athletic with the ability to turn his hips on a dime and match the receiver off of the snap.
Plays well in press, and times his turn perfectly.
Extremely instinctual.
Blazing speed in the open field and in pursuit.
Can play in man or zone coverage.
High end technique tackler.
Well coached, and is a quick learner.
Gets to the football and makes plays.
The Bad
Severely limited sample size, as he only really played for one season.
Receivers can fool him and he struggles to maintain himself on cut in plays underneath him.
Still lacks some technique in pass coverage, and fails to get his head turned quickly on balls in the air.
Although he has speed to burn, he does not play overly well against speed receivers.
Will have to make major adjustments in the pro game, as his college experience was limited.
Could have used another season in school.
Just four picks in two full seasons.
Final Overview
Long term, Lattimore could be a very good pro bowl caliber corner. He certainly has that kind of raw talent, but in my book, he is still very raw, and I would not see him as being an impact guy to the level I would like in an early first round pick. He simply has too much to learn right now. There is no better talent in the corner pool in this draft as it pertains to long term potential, but he hs some work to do.

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