Name: Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
Overview: One of the most talented running backs in the draft will likely not be able to suit up in pads for an NFL team until the 2013 season is already underway. Marcus Lattimore, who suffered a horrific knee injury in a game against Tennessee in October 2012, is rehabbing to make sure he’s ready should his name be called. For two years in in a row Lattimore was unable to finish a season because of a knee injury. As a true freshman, he ran for 1,197 yards and 17 touchdowns to garner All-SEC honors while being named the SEC freshman of the year in 2010. He started 2011 as a Heisman candidate, but hurt his left knee in the seventh game of the season. He came back in 2012 and played nine games before suffering what many believed to be a career ending injury to his right knee. The fact he’s attracting attention – particularly from the Patriots – is a testament to his athletic ability. In three years, he tallied 2,677 yards rushing on 555 caries and 38 touchdowns. He’s a smooth runner. Selecting Lattimore would be risky, especially with the Patriots’ running back situation. He is projected to be selected in the fourth or fifth round.
40-yard dash: 4.62