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NFL Draft profile: Marshon Lattimore still hasn’t reached his full potential

The ceiling is extremely high for the talented NFL prospect.

NCAA Football: Bowling Green at Ohio State Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore is putting his hamstring issues behind him as he prepares to make the move to the NFL. He has excellent awareness for the ball, which is clearly reflected in his four (!) interceptions last season -- one returned 61 yards for a touchdown. He only has one full season of experience under his belt which leaves a lot of room for improvement — which should terrify opposing offenses.

Measurements

Height Weight Arm length Hands 40-yard dash Vertical jump Broad jump
Height Weight Arm length Hands 40-yard dash Vertical jump Broad jump
6'0 193 lbs 31 1/4" 8 7/8" *4.36 sec *38.5" *132.0"

*Denotes top performer among position group

Strengths

  • Lattimore is fast. He ran over his competition at the combine and showed that his initial burst at the whistle is just the beginning of his athleticism.
  • The guy can tackle. Not only is he not afraid of it, the cornerback didn’t miss a single one of his solo tackle attempts in 2016.
  • Lattimore was targeted 41 times last season, and per PFF, forced a 30.2 passer rating among the opponents — fourth best in the FBS among corners.

Weaknesses

  • Having only played one full season, he has a lot of development ahead of him.
  • His hand size could be a concern for teams, but his four interceptions show that shouldn’t be a problem at the next level.

Highlights

Despite being sidelined early in the bowl game against Clemson, Lattimore was able to return and snag his fourth pick of the season.

Stats

Year Games Solo Tackles Total Tackles Interceptions Touchdowns Passes Defended
Year Games Solo Tackles Total Tackles Interceptions Touchdowns Passes Defended
2015 3 4 4 0 0 2
2016 13 30 41 4 1 (61yd return) 9

Projections

Per SB Nation’s Dan Kadar, Lattimore is the No. 1 ranked corner in this year’s draft — which speaks volumes given the level of talent at the position in this class — and ranked No. 5 overall out of all position groups. He’s expected to be the first or second secondary player taken in Round 1, and could even go Top 5.

Outlook

Lattimore still needs some development, but with rookie and training camps, he should have no problem earning considerable playing time his rookie season. There are several teams who needs secondary help, like yesterday, and wont waste anytime getting the cornerback acclimated to his new role on a new team.