A Call To Study Marcus LattimoreFebruary 22nd, 2013
The Bucs seem to embrace guys with knee injuries. As rockstar general manager Mark Dominik told us, the Bucs know knees and are confident in their medical staff.
The scariest and most heinous knee entering the 2012 NFL Draft belongs to former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore, who was considered a sure first-round pick before one of the ugliest knee injuries ever recorded on film this past season.
Lattimore, however, is at the NFL Scouting Combine being interviewed by teams and analyzed by teams’ doctors. He’s supposedly healthy and ready to run, jump and cut through various combine drills Sunday.
Draft guru Justin “The Commish” Pawlowski, of 98.7 FM, writes that the Bucs should be a team paying very close attention and potentially considering Lattimore in the fourth round.
4. Marcus Lattimore – RB – South Carolina – Lattimore suffered a horrific knee injury to end his 2012 season and essentially his collegiate career. The doctor who performed his surgery, Dr. James Andrews, has since said that Lattimore will shock people by his progress at the combine. With Legarrette Blount potentially gone, I’m going to look long and hard at those medical records to see if Lattimore is worth a day 3 pick.
First, let Joe say that if the Bucs have no legitimate plans to use running backs other than Doug Martin, then drafting Lattimore would be foolish.
There’s no reason to believe Lattimore would be durable enough to carry the load as the No. 1 back if Martin went down (like LeGarrette Blount can) so the Bucs would have to change their offensive approach in order to make drafting Lattimore sensible.
Joe knows the Bucs yearn to run the ball like a throwback 1970’s powerhouse but couldn’t do it last season after major injuries on the offensive line. With Davin Joseph and Carl Nicks returning, and if the Bucs invest at right tackle in free agency, Joe could then envision snatching a running back in the draft.