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Marshon Lattimore Selected 11th Overall in the 2017 NFL Draft

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Marshon Lattimore chosen 11th overall by the Saints

With the pick in the 2017 NFL Draft the have taken cornerback Marshon Lattimore out of Ohio State.

Lattimore stands at a flat 6’0″ 195 pounds, along with arms that are a quarter inch larger than 31 inches. While the cornerbacks size may be what initially catches the eye, it is his play that will keep attention.

Out of High School he was seen as a top 50 recruit by most, ranking 44th by 247 Sports and 45th by ESPN. More importantly, he was a top 10 cornerback, ranking 6th by 247 and 8th by Scout respectively.

Marshon Lattimore battled continuous hamstring issues prior and during his time at Ohio State. The issues grew to be so poor that he received surgery that had him sit on the bench for his freshman season.

He was able to play in seven games in 2015, recording just 5 tackles in that span. His hamstring injuries forced him to the sideline for the remainder of that year.

Lattimore was able to put together a healthy season in 2016, and it truly showed on the statistically score sheet. His redshirt sophomore season saw him become one of the most difficult cornerbacks to throw around. In his first full year with the team number 2 was able to intercept four passes and broke up 9 more.

His hard work on the field did not go unnoticed. In 2016 Marshon Lattimore was named to the First Team All-Big Ten. He allowed a passer rating of just 31.9 when opposing arms targeted him in 2016. Additionally, the quick footed corner allowed just 18 receptions on the year.

One problem many corners face is open field tackling. However it seems to be less of a concern with Lattimore. He completed 37 solo tackle attempts in 2016. A rare breed of corner that is unafraid to work through blockers on run plays and screens. He also wraps up, but is sure to see what he hits.

As a cornerback it is essential to have great footwork, but that must be paired with quick feet. Lattimore is blessed with both, along with patience to track his receiver. He also has the speed to turn and run with most receivers not named John Ross.

However he does often watch receivers eyes rather than get his head around for the ball. He has also shown a small hiccup when facing up with an inside release. The biggest issue he may face is his injury concerns. These injuries have limited the sample size of work for the Buckeye. He has not faced a lot of top tier wideouts.