2017 NFL DRAFT

Marshon Lattimore, CB

School: Ohio State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Sophomore  |  Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 193 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
511

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.36--- 38 1/2---
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.36--- 38 1/211'0"--

Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • New York Jets | #6
    Last season only two teams (Cleveland, Detroit) allowed a worse ratio of touchdown passes allowed to interception than the Jets, which surrendered 30 scores and only picked off eight passes. Given the aggressive nature of defensive-minded head coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan's trusted Best Player Available strategy, it is easy to envision the duo falling in love with Lattimore's sticky cover skills and upside, though a quarterback is certainly a possibility.
  • Tennessee Titans | #12
    In this trade-back scenario, the Titans add a player they likely would have considered with the fifth pick -- a cornerback who can compete for starting reps as a rookie.
  • Buffalo Bills | #10
    They have a major hole at corner with Stephon Gilmore leaving to sign with New England. This would be a walk-in-and-start corner who has star potential.
  • New York Jets | #6
    The Jets need help at all kinds of positions and that includes cornerback. It's not hard to imagine Todd Bowles loving this pick.
  • Chicago Bears | #3
    Chicago's defense is more than one player away, but adding elite talent to the back end is a smart play. Lattimore is the best corner in this draft, and would immediately elevate the Bears' secondary in Year 1.
 

Player Overview

Considered a prize in the 2014 recruiting class, Lattimore was expected to make an immediate impact once he arrived in Columbus, but hamstring injuries kept him on the sideline for most of his first two seasons. He was healthy for the 2016 season as a sophomore and earned a starting job (13 starts), leading the Buckeyes in passes defended (13) and finishing second in interceptions (four) to earn First Team All-Big Ten honors. Lattimore elected to skip his final two seasons of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.

Play speed is critical for the cornerback position and he checks this box with a sharpie, displaying the sudden movements and transitional quickness to match up with any type of receiver. Lattimore is still developing from an anticipation standpoint, which is a result of his limited experience in college, but his athleticism allows him to stay attached to receivers and restrict passing windows. He has a very high NFL ceiling and worthy of a draft pick in the top half of round one.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Twitchy athlete with the lower body explosiveness to spring in any direction. Attaches himself hip-to-hip in coverage and runs better routes than the receiver. Above average top-end speed. Secondary burst to close cushions or recover after a false step. Sinks in his stance and stays on the balls of his feet to remain under control and in phase. Workable body type with adequate height to match up with receivers. Competes at the catch point to take away passing windows. Reliable hands to finish interceptions. Averaged 15.3 yards per interception return in 2016, including a 40-yard touchdown. Stings in run support and reacts without much hesitation. Mentally alert and plays with a self-assured confidence.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks ideal bulk and length on his frame. Plays near the line of scrimmage, but rarely jams, allowing receivers to make first contact and knock him off the route. Needs to better play the ball with his back turned to the play. Bad habit of grabbing when panicked. Can be fooled by body/head fakes and needs to better anticipate routes and concepts. Occasionally plays small as a run defender and needs to clean up his finishing technique as a tackler. History of chronic hamstring issues that date back to high school and long-term durability is a question mark -- required surgery on his left hamstring (Aug. 2014), forcing him to redshirt, and missed time the following season due to a right hamstring (Oct. 2015) issue.

NFL COMPARISON: Janoris Jenkins, New York Giants -- With their fluid athleticism and cover skills, Lattimore has similar ability and upside as Jenkins, who is currently a top-10 cornerback in the NFL.

--Dane Brugler (1/17/17)

 
 
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