Name: Marshon Lattimore
School: Ohio State
Class: RS Sophomore
Weight: 192 lbs
40 Yard Dash: 4.36 seconds
Games Watched: 2016 – Clemson, Penn State, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Nebraska
Was ranked as one of the top prospects in the country as a high school senior. When arriving in Columbus, he wasn’t able to make the impact he would have hoped for due to hamstring problems. He needed surgery as a true freshman which ultimately red-shirted the season in 2014. The next season Marshon played seven of the first eight games until the hamstring issues returned. Finally healthy in 2016, he was able to become the starting cornerback for the Buckeyes starting in 13 games. Marshon Lattimore earned first team All-Big Ten honours ranking second on the team and sixth in the Big Ten in interceptions (4).
Great athlete with above average speed to stay on top of the receiver and the acceleration to catch-up. Stays low in his stance on the ball of his feet. Springs out of stance with the ability to stay low. Quick feet with good change of direction. Excellent body control. Explosive hips flipping with speed and smoothness. Quick twitch player. Back peddles with his eyes on the quarterback. Mirrors receiver. Glued hip-to-hip with the receiver along the sideline. Strong hands to finish the play making the interception. Plays with instincts bursting to the ball. Good open field tackler. Strong wrap-up tackler and hitter.
Needs to play stronger against the run, be more physical. Looks small on tape. Aligns in press-man but never jams the receiver, hard inside release can give a receiver a step ahead. Gave up big plays when back is facing the play, needs to turn and look quicker to locate the ball. Will grab the receiver when he is in trouble. One-year starter only. History of hamstring injuries which included surgery kept him out in his first two seasons in college.
Very athletic corner with plus agility and the speed to match up with all types of receivers. Has the ball skills to make the big plays needed to be a top cornerback in the NFL. Might have to be a bit more physical especially if you are covering some receivers like Dez Bryant, AJ Green etc. and his inexperience may cause a some problems early in his career but has the potential to be a Pro Bowl player in the NFL.
Grade: 1st round