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Road to the Draft: Marcus Lattimore

By Jay Skurski

Marcus Lattimore

Position: Running back
School: South Carolina

Measurements: 5-foot-11, 221 pounds
2012 stats: 143 carries, 662 yards, 11 TDs; 26 catches, 173 yards
Draft projection: Fourth-fifth round

Lowdown: Shades of Willis McGahee. Lattimore, one of the best running backs in the country, suffered a devastating right knee injury in October, tearing all three ligaments in a game against Tennessee. It’s the second major knee injury in two seasons, after he tore the ACL in his left knee in 2011.

A north-south runner who has average speed.  … A natural back who senses holes, Lattimore is light on his feet for a player his size. Can change directions fluidly. … Always keeps his legs moving to pick up extra yards. … A willing blocker and sound receiver out of the backfield.

Does not possess game-breaking speed, and it's unknown whether he'll lose another step after this injury. … Unlikely to be ready to contribute at the start of this season, if at all.

Voted "Mr. Football" in South Carolina in 2009 before staying in state and starring for the Gamecocks as a freshman. … Gets high marks for his character. Has displayed the mental toughness and work ethic to overcome one serious knee injury in his career. … Frequently talks to youth groups in his home state.

He said it: "At this point, it really doesn't matter where I get drafted, because I'm going to go in there and work hard. I'm going to do what I do, I'm going to do what I've been doing my whole career, and that's just being myself. If I get a chance to play this year, I'm going to make the most out of it. And I feel like I will."

The Buffalo News is profiling 50 prospects in 50 days leading up to next month's NFL Draft.


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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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