Former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore is Exhibit A for those who think South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney should skip his third year of college football.
Lattimore might have been the top running back prospect in this year’s draft, before a gruesome knee injury in October made his draft stock freefall, and cost him many thousands of dollars.
But Lattimore told NFL.com’s Jeff Darlington he thought the NFL’s rule requiring players be three years removed from high school before they can enter the draft was a good one.
“I feel like it’s more of a maturity thing, as far as waiting three years,” Lattimore said. “I feel like it’s fair, I really do. I feel like three years is the right thing to do.
“It’s a matter of maturing, getting stronger. If you leave after your second year, you’re 19 years old playing against 30 year olds.”
Lattimore said he was “cool with the rule,” even if he might have been ready for such a leap himself after last season.
And he thinks Clowney accepts the rule as well, even though it keeps him out of a draft he might have been the top pick in.
“He’s a great player,” Lattimore said. “He’s going to be the No. 1 pick overall. But he’s a guy that, he can’t sit out a year. That’s what kind of person he is. I mean, he’s not going to miss a year of football.”
Perhaps not, but he’s also not going to do much to elevate his draft stock either, which means it can only go down from here.