South Carolina Football: Marcus Lattimore to Enter NFL Draft

Despite Injury, Marcus Lattimore to Enter NFL Draft

12/10/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore intends to enter the 2013 NFL Draft, according to ESPN’s Joe Schad.Blog Photo - South Carolina Football: Marcus Lattimore to Enter NFL Draft

Although it’s a sad day for Gamecock fans – who expected the star to return to the backfield sometime late next season or 2014 – it’s likely the best decision for Lattimore’s professional future.

Lattimore, a junior, suffered extensive ligament damage in his right knee after a nasty blow during the Tennessee game this season. This comes one year after a left knee injury took him out after just six games.

Former Miami (Fla.) and current Denver Broncos running back Willis McGahee endured a similar injury back in 2002, where he had to sit out an entire season before playing in his first NFL game in 2004.

McGahee, now a 10-year veteran, has had a productive career for three different professional organizations.

Lattimore finishes his collegiate tenure with 2,677 rushing yards and 38 touchdowns in three injury-plagued seasons.


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12/11/12   |   Trokspot   |   65 respect

abac89 wrote:
But right now where is his draft stock? how many teams are going to be willing to gamble on a RB who has had 2 season ending knee injuries in the last 2 years? Hes a RB hes going to have to rely on his knees if he wants a future in the NFL

I don't think there's any question that he will be drafted.  Some team will be willing to take a gamble and take him mid-draft.  Sure, it's not the same as it would have been, but he'll be getting paid to rehab.   If he comes back successfully, he can play his way to a bigger contract.  If he doesn't come back, at least he got a little money and quality rehab.

If he goes back to SC, there's potential to play his way back up towards a top spot in the draft, but that's a huge question mark.  It's also possible that he gets hurt again, or that he doesn't come back and then people definitely won't take a chance on him.  In that case he's completely screwed and has no money.  I'd take middle of the round NFL now option, and then hope for a good recovery and the chance to play my way into a better contract...

12/11/12   |   abac89   |   780 respect

Trokspot wrote:
I think that the only potential downfall of going now is that it would be *possible* for him to play his way back to a top overall pick in a couple of years. However, that's not any kind of gaurantee that it will happen (he could also potentially play himself right out of the NFL if he doesn't have a great year that proves he's back).  I think he's clearly doing the right thing at this point. 

But right now where is his draft stock? how many teams are going to be willing to gamble on a RB who has had 2 season ending knee injuries in the last 2 years? Hes a RB hes going to have to rely on his knees if he wants a future in the NFL

12/11/12   |   Trokspot   |   65 respect

Tyler_Waddell wrote:
Could go either way. If he waits too long, his stock could completely diminish. It's a hard decision nonetheless.

I think that the only potential downfall of going now is that it would be *possible* for him to play his way back to a top overall pick in a couple of years. However, that's not any kind of gaurantee that it will happen (he could also potentially play himself right out of the NFL if he doesn't have a great year that proves he's back).  I think he's clearly doing the right thing at this point. 

12/10/12   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

abac89 wrote:
I think this may be a mistake because hes had 2 season ending injuries that may scare some teams away.

Could go either way. If he waits too long, his stock could completely diminish. It's a hard decision nonetheless.

12/10/12   |   abac89   |   780 respect

I think this may be a mistake because hes had 2 season ending injuries that may scare some teams away.