Marshon Lattimore Says He Injured Hip Flexor at 2017 NFL Combine

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 6, 2017

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 17:  Dede Westbrook #11 of the Oklahoma Sooners tackles Marshon Lattimore #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes as he ran an interception back in the first half of their game at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Ohio State cornerback and potential first-round pick Marshon Lattimore suffered an injury to his hip flexor at the NFL Scouting Combine Monday, but says it is not serious.

Lattimore posted on his Twitter account detailing the injury:

Marshon Lattimore @shonrp2

Wasn't a hamstring injury, it's my hip flexor. I'm good y'all lol

Adam Schefter of ESPN originally reported Lattimore suffered hamstring injury. As Schefter noted, Lattimore has had hamstring issues in the past, though this latest injury isn't expected to be a major concern:

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Marshon Lattimore's hamstring "tightened up on him, it's nothing serious," per source. But he is expected to be ready for March 23 pro day.

Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com added more context to Lattimore's injury history: 

Dane Brugler @dpbrugler

Lattimore has a history of left and right hamstring issues. Top-10 talent, but it really clouds his draft future. https://t.co/QktNW1qda7

Lattimore impressed in his combine testing, marked by an excellent 4.36-second 40-yard dash and 38.5" vertical jump, per NFL.com. Those results backed up the strong highlight reel he put together during his college career.

"I've studied the top cornerbacks coming out and he's the best I've seen," an anonymous AFC pro personnel director told NFL.com. "He's so athletic that he can just post up under the receiver's chin and shadow him all over the field. And he's tough, too. He'll be one of the top cornerbacks pretty quickly."

B/R's Matt Miller, meanwhile, considers Lattimore the No. 2 cornerback in this year's draft class and No. 11 prospect overall. As he wrote, "Lattimore is the man crush of many NFL scouts I've spoken to based on his size, speed and ball skills."

A lot is at stake for Lattimore regarding his hamstring, in other words. If enough teams are wary of his durability, Lattimore could fall down the board. But if the right team determines the potential reward outweighs any injury risk going forward, the Ohio State product could easily be a top-10 pick.

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