Marcus Lattimore beating the bushes in Mobile

AP

South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore has been telling teams he’s going to be ready for the start of next season.

Now he’s showing them as well.

Lattimore, who is coming off back-to-back season-ending knee injuries (to different knees), has been hanging around Senior Bowl week in Mobile, even though he wouldn’t have been eligible to play if he were well.

Just letting teams see me walk around,” Lattimore told Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com and Jim Miller on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I feel that’s big — and know I’m going to be fine and ready by Week 1.”

Lattimore tore the ACL in his left leg last year, and then dislocated his right knee and tore other ligaments this season.

Without the injuries, he’d have been one of the top backs in this year’s class, and now he’s trying to convince teams he’s going to be able to help them this year.

“I always say, ‘Adversity introduces a man to himself,’ ” Lattimore said. “That’s a quote that pops in my mind every time I’m going through a hard day or don’t feel like doing something. That keeps me going.”

Lattimore’s agents have sent out video to all 32 teams of him running in a pool. He said he’d start jogging on a treadmill within two weeks. He hopes to have an individual workout in April to prove his fitness.

“Everything happens for a reason. This reason was it made me mentally tougher,” Lattimore said. “It put things in perspective where I’ll never take anything — walking, running — for granted again.

“I know what it’s like to not walk and run.”

If he can prove himself well, that kind of attitude will be a hit with NFL teams.

18 responses to “Marcus Lattimore beating the bushes in Mobile

  1. Teams that should be looking at this kid as a late round flier:

    Pittsburgh
    San Diego
    New York Jets
    Arizona
    Miami
    Jacksonville
    Denver
    Oakland
    Dallas
    Atlanta

    He should go in the fifth if he is going to be able to play.

  2. Anyone who doubts him being able to make it back….I have 1 name or you.

    Frank Gore

    I for one would love for the Niners to take a flier on this kid and sit him on the bench for a year (behind Gore, Hunter, and James) to get completely healthy.

  3. Teams might be wondering, as I am, if he was actually going to be ready to go next year why wouldn’t he stay and play his Senior year for South Carolina to show teams he’s healed.

    I believe he won’t be drafted but will be an early signing by someone in the Rookie FA signing period.

  4. Would be good for him to end up with a team that already has a solid enough running game where he isn’t going to have to be counted on for a year or two.

    Selfishly would like to seem him in Tennessee, but either way hope he can get back close to what we was at before

  5. sfm073 says: Jan 24, 2013 3:45 PM

    I doubt he gets drafted.
    ________
    Four questions. 1. Remember when AP slid because of injury concerns? 2. How dumb do those GM’s feel now? 3. How many seventh round players end up being true difference makers in the NFL? 4. Would you really not spend a seventh round gamble on the guy analysts were calling “the next AP” before a horrendous injury?

    1st/2nd/3rd round draft pick? No. But undrafted? Very unlikely. Bo Jackson was a seventh round pick even after he told the NFL he wanted to play baseball.

  6. cball77 says: Jan 24, 2013 3:56 PM

    Teams might be wondering, as I am, if he was actually going to be ready to go next year why wouldn’t he stay and play his Senior year for South Carolina to show teams he’s healed.
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    Why would he risk a third injury in favor of a cool 500k while showing teams he’s healed?

  7. Bo Jackson was a seventh round pick even after he told the NFL he wanted to play baseball.
    ________________________

    Actually, Bo Jackson was the 1st pick of the 1986 NFL Draft, by Tampa Bay.

  8. hope falcons draft him and let him get football ready we still have snelling and rogers he can learn from

  9. This guy could and should get drafted and put on the PUP list for a year. Then, in 2014, he could be that season’s version of Willis McGahee, or Michael Bush. There is a precedent of RBs pulling this off, quite successfully.

    Given this, Lattimore should be on every team’s radar, around the mid to late rounds of the upcoming draft.

  10. He’s shown serious skills. 1st round talent in the middle-to-late 3rd round is a steal. As Pittsburgh learned this season, you have to have NFL caliber skills at the RB position to be successful.

  11. This kid was my favorite college player–and I’m not even a South Carolina fan! Can’t wait to see him rock the pro’s . . .

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