In a pass-first league, cornerbacks come at a premium. Marshon Lattimore looks the part at the position and was a nightmare for college quarterbacks last season but will he be hamstrung by injuries at the next level that plagued his collegiate career.
The combine confirmed that Lattimore is an explosive athlete. His 40 yard dash was quicker than expected and his vertical jump should alleviate any fears about Lattimore being dominated by bigger receivers.
Weight: 193 lbs
40-yard Dash: 4.36 seconds
Bench Press: –
Vertical Jump: 38.5 inches
Broad Jump: 132 inches
Marshon Lattimore is fantastic athlete that shows exceptional speed and fluidity in pass coverage and able to match up with all different types of receivers. His 4.36 40 time cements the game speed on tape and shows he can turn and run with deep threats when challenged. At 6’0”, Lattimore isn’t the prototypical long, rangy corner of the Seattle mould that teams often crave but his size isn’t an issue on tape.
The Ohio State defender is a pure cover corner and shows remarkable recognition and instinct for the position. On 35 targets last year, Lattimore was able to bat away 10 passes and picked off four, taking one of those to the house. Lattimore rarely gets beat and his instinct and athleticism makes him ideal for the position.
The Cleveland native plays with confidence and knows when to break off coverage to find the football and shows the twitch to read and react to the quarterback. He’s able to play in multiple coverages and play them effortlessly. Loves to jam at the line of scrimmage and lock up and has great success with using his hands to slow down receivers.
Lattimore is a quality tackler and shows no hesitation against bigger receivers to drop his pads and deliver a blow while wrapping up the ball carrier.
One of the Lattimore’s biggest flaws is his perceived lack of experience in college as he only started one year. Last season, he did not lock horns with the draft’s premier wide receivers in Mike Williams or Corey Davis. Despite Lattimore’s premier athleticism and traits, teams may feel uncomfortable with the fact that he is extremely raw.
His lack of starting experience over his career at Ohio State was partly due to his constant injury issues, particularly his hamstring. The consistent soft tissue injuries may scare teams in the top 10 as he has been labelled an injury prone player and the medical reports that teams receive could make or break his draft stock.
Another question mark hovering over Lattimore is how successful he will be at jamming at the next level. On tape, Lattimore wins easily by getting his hands on his receiver early and as he is a superior athlete, he is able to dominate them physically. This will be an issue in the NFL where he will no longer be the best athlete on the field. He’ll have to become comfortable playing off-man and zone coverage if he is to be a success.
Marshon Lattimore has all the speed, size and technique to become an elite corner in the NFL. Lattimore looks at home no matter which receiver he faces and his scheme-versatility should make him a sought after commodity come draft day. His inexperience and injury issues may lead to some growing pains but he has all the tools to be a shutdown corner and a thorn to all receivers.
RAF Big Board Ranking: #8
Lattimore has been mocked to go as high as #2 to the 49ers and I can’t see him slipping past the Saints at #11 but I think he ends up at the Titans who pick at #5 and have a huge need at cornerback.