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Even though Marcus Lattimore is coming off knee surgery in back-to-back years, he is still one of the most coveted running backs in this year's draft. Prior to his first knee injury in 2011, he was named SEC Freshman of the Year and first-team All-SEC.
Those two honors alone had scouts yearning for more. In 2011, Lattimore was only able to showcase his skill set in seven games. In 2012, he was able to in nine games. A once promising collegiate career quickly turned into a muddled mess that can now only be rectified in the NFL.
On December 12, 2012, he announced his intentions to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft. His projected position right now is between the third and fourth round. Some believe that his stock is a little too high, but when the tape is turned on, he has all the tools to be an All-Pro tailback.
The only question that looms large is the physical condition of his knees. Also, are the Rams at a point where they can afford to gamble on a player of Lattimore's nature? I don't believe they are quite there yet. They have plenty of holes to fill on the roster, and it's not as if they have an overabundance of draft selections.
Eight selections is right around the league average based on the number of compensatory picks dished out during the offseason. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have 14 draft picks like the San Francisco 49ers.
But if St. Louis checks him out and they feel confident about his long-term durability, it's easy to see that he has the talent to make an impact in the league.