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2015 NFL DRAFT

DeDe Lattimore, ILB

School: South Florida  |  Conference: AAC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Athens, GA
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 237 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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309147-FA
Player News
01/13/2014 - 2014 SHRINE GAME: TOP-10 PROSPECTS TO WATCH: 9. ILB DeDe Lattimore, South Florida (6-0, 237, 4.83, #34)...One of the top middle linebacker prospects in the draft, Lattimore led South Florida in tackles this past season and his competitive motor shows on tape. He needs to improve his awareness to be in better position to make plays, but he is physical at the point of attack and fills hard against the run. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/17/2013 - 2013 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): LB DeDe Lattimore, USF, Sr., 6-1 237, Athens, Ga./Cedar Shoals,...Lattimore led USF with 98 tackles, 42 more than the next closest Bull, and ranked ninth in the AAC posting 8.2 tackles per game. He led the AAC and ranked 10th in the FBS forcing four fumbles and was second in the AAC and 22nd in the FBS recovering three fumbles, returning one for a touchdown in a victory over Cincinnati. He added an interception, 5.5 tackles for loss and two sacks on the year as he led the Bulls in tackles in five games, including a career high 18 in the final game at Rutgers that was one shy of the USF game record. - South Florida football

10/14/2013 - WEEK 7 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE WEEKLY HONOR ROLL: DeDe Lattimore, Sr., LB, USF, Athens, Ga.,...Had 11 tackles, one tackle for loss, a pass breakup and a 25-yard blocked field goal return in a 13-10 win at UConn. - American Athletic Conference football

10/06/2013 - Nate Godwin scored on a long blocked field goal return and DeDe Lattimore scooped up a fumble for another touchdown Saturday night to help South Florida begin American Athletic Conference play with a 26-20 victory over Cincinnati, which was playing for the first time since one of its players was killed in a car accident. The Bearcats (3-2, 0-1) spent a difficult bye week grieving, attending red-shirt freshman Ben Flick's funeral and making hospital visits in addition to practicing. They were looking forward to playing a game to help things get back to normal.

Two hours before kickoff, the entire Cincinnati team gathered at the midfield at Raymond James Stadium, forming a circle around the USF logo to pray. A moment of silence in Flick's memory was observed before the opening kickoff. Two other players were injured in the wreck, and one of them remains hospitalized. USF (1-4, 1-0) won for the first time under coach Willie Taggart, who left Western Kentucky after last season to take over a program that underachieved for much of the eight years it was a member of the Big East. The Bulls lost quarterback Steven Bench and running back Marcus Shaw, who entered the game averaging 131.2 yards per game rushing, to leg injuries in the first half. - AP Sports

09/12/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior LB DeDe Lattimore made up for a so-so performance in the opener against McNeese State by recording a career single-game high 15 tackles (10 solo) against Michigan State. Though he is looking for his first sack, he has one tackle for a loss and has been credited with one quarterback hurry, both against the Spartans. - The Sports Xchange

09/09/2013 - WEEK 2 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: DeDe Lattimore, Sr., LB, USF, Athens, Ga.,...Had a career-high 15 tackles, including 10 solo stops, with one tackle for loss and a pass breakup in a 21-6 loss at Michigan State. Helped hold the Spartans to 265 total yards and just one offensive score. - AAC football

08/28/2013 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: LB DeDe Lattimore - For the Bulls to have a chance at breaking even, they are going to have to be at the top of their game defensively, and Lattimore, a three-year starter, leads the way there. He has 27.0 tackles for loss, among them 13.0 sacks, in his career. - The Sports Xchange

08/12/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: LB DeDe Lattimore, a starter since his redshirt freshman year, finished his junior season with 76 tackles, making him the leader among returnees in the category. - The Sports Xchange

08/12/2013 - TOP SOUTH FLORIDA PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. LB DeDe Lattimore (6-1, 237, 4.77)...Lattimore has appeared in 37 career games as a Bull, and has started 36 of them, splitting time primarily between the middle and the weakside. A 2012 preseason Lombardi Award watch list member, Lattimore compiled 76 total tackles to go with 7.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and two blocked kicks during his junior year, following a sophomore campaign whereby he totaled 94, 13, and seven respectively. A thick, compact and muscular athlete, Lattimore exhibits big-time first step explosiveness, agility and space, and plays with ideal aggression and physicality for the position. When lined up on the outside, he displays fluidity in space, and can be an absolute menace blitzing off the edge with his ability to get low around the corner, and close in a hurry.

From the inside, he shows good diagnostics against the run and takes good angles to the football, although he does struggle to get off blocks at times as he lacks the length to routinely keep blockers out of his space. In coverage, he displays good recognition and an ability to track receiver movement while maintaining an eye on the backfield, and looks plenty quick in the hips when asked to flip and run. He also appears to let up at times when the play is flowing away from him. Lattimore gives you a little bit of everything you look for in an NFL-caliber linebacker - toughness, instincts, speed, versatility and strong fundamentals - and could very well end up one of the first 10 selected at the linebacker spot, in the 2014 draft. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com

07/17/2013 - 2013 BUTKUS AWARD WATCH LIST: DeDe Lattimore, South Florida...Lattimore, a redshirt senior, landed a spot on the 2013 Bednarik Award Watch List last week and also made Athlon Sports' preseason 2013 American Athletic Conference All-Conference Second Team. Lattimore started every game last season for the Bulls while leading the team with 7.5 tackles for loss as a weakside and middle linebacker. The Athens, Ga., native finished third on the team with 76 total tackles after making the 2012 Lombardi Award Watch List. - South Florida football

07/17/2013 - 2013 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: LB DeDe Lattimore, USF...Lattimore, an Athlon Sports preseason 2013 American Athletic Conference All-Conference Second-Teamer, started every game last season while leading the Bulls with 7.5 tackles for loss as a weakside and middle linebacker. The redshirt senior finished third on the team with 76 total tackles after making the 2012 Lombardi Award Watch List. - South Florida football

 
Player News
01/13/2014 - 2014 SHRINE GAME: TOP-10 PROSPECTS TO WATCH: 9. ILB DeDe Lattimore, South Florida (6-0, 237, 4.83, #34)...One of the top middle linebacker prospects in the draft, Lattimore led South Florida in tackles this past season and his competitive motor shows on tape. He needs to improve his awareness to be in better position to make plays, but he is physical at the point of attack and fills hard against the run. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
 
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