Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore is joining several other Silver Bullets on the path to draft, and his first stop is the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. As part of the final position group to go through the event, Lattimore was poised at the podium and ready to show off his skills during the on-field drills.
After redshirting his first year at Ohio State in 2014, Lattimore was limited to just a few games in 2015 with lingering hamstring issues. With two years now behind him, Lattimore earned the starting role in 2016, and went on to amass 41 total tackles (30 solo) and four interceptions — one pick-6.
He might only have one solid year of on-field experience under his belt, but just being around the Ohio State program those three years helped elevate both Lattimore’s game and his mentality.
He's the consensus #1 cornerback in the draft.— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) February 22, 2017
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Weight: 193 lbs
Hands: 8 7/8”
Arms: 31 1/4”
Lattimore’s early career with the Buckeyes was marred with injuries, but this last season was a break out one. He was asked when the turning point was for him ahead of the 2016 season.
“After camp, where I felt most comfortable where I was at. I made it through a whole camp. The previous two years I didn’t make it through three days of practice. Just to make it through the whole camp I knew I had good hopes of a good season.”
It wasn’t a coincidence that he finally made it through spring practice. The cornerback noted that he did yoga, extra strengthening exercises and stretching to prevent any further hamstring issues — issues that have been on the minds of NFL teams interviewing the Buckeye.
“That’s the first thing they asked me. How are my hamstrings, just tell them about my hamstring situation. But I’m a hundred percent fin right now.”
Like many others, Lattimore benefited from the bevy of successful Buckeyes that came before him, talking to Eli Apple and Bradley Roby along the way. In addition to his hamstrings, the cornerback has also had to answer questions about his preparedness after just one full season at Ohio State.
“They always talk about I only have one year of experience, so I had to make sure I know what I’m doing, tell them specific things about our schemes and things like that. On the field, just show that I’m fluid in what I do.”
Bench press: Lattimore did not participate in the bench press event.
40-yard dash: 4.36 sec*
@OhioStateFB's Marshon Lattimore runs a 4.36u 40!#NFLCombine on @nflnetwork https://t.co/Qko4gpx2FU— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) March 6, 2017
Vertical jump: 38.5" He tied for 12th best jump among all participants and tied for 5th best among his position group.
Broad jump: 132.0”* Lattimore’s broad jump tied for the 11th best among S/CBs at the combine since 2006.
The Buckeye missed the remainder of the workout and position drills due to injury. What was initially believed to be another hamstring injury, turned out to be a hip flexor issue.
Wasn't a hamstring injury, it's my hip flexor. I'm good y'all lol— Marshon Lattimore (@shonrp2) March 6, 2017