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49ers draft Marcus Lattimore

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The best-case scenario for Marcus Lattimore, the former South Carolina running back who has first-round talent but is coming off a devastating knee injury, was that he’d be drafted by a deep, talented team that would have the patience to let him recover properly before putting him back on the field.

And that’s exactly what happened.

The 49ers drafted Lattimore with the 131st pick in the fourth round, putting him on a team where there will be no pressure for him to play at all as a rookie. Lattimore may spend the entire 2013 season on injured reserve, watching and learning from 49ers running backs Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James, and then be ready to go in 2014.

If Lattimore ever gets all the way back to full speed, he’ll be a great pickup for the 49ers. He’s a strong, fast and tough runner who has been productive at the highest levels of college football. He just needs to get healthy.

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51 Responses to “49ers draft Marcus Lattimore”
  1. sampsonswag01 says: Apr 27, 2013 1:52 PM

    and I said “boom”! Throw him on IR for the year and then watch him dominate next year. Great pick!

    #49ers

  2. thraiderskin says: Apr 27, 2013 1:53 PM

    Great pick, this guy IS the most talented RB in this draft. Must be nice to have the cache to bring in a guy that probably won’t play till next year.

  3. jeremywflores says: Apr 27, 2013 1:53 PM

    LIFE IS GOOD!

    Gore/Hunter/LMJ/Lattimore.

  4. panthersftw says: Apr 27, 2013 1:54 PM

    couldnt be happier for him. drafted by a SB contender and can sit out a year if he needs.

  5. alecanthony says: Apr 27, 2013 1:54 PM

    Could be the successor of Frank Gore in a few years, great value pick for a team with arguably already the best NFL roster

  6. aaronwest says: Apr 27, 2013 1:55 PM

    Couldn’t be happier with this pick. He’s a fighter with tremendous character, and this is the perfect fit to start his career.

  7. ispokethetruth says: Apr 27, 2013 1:55 PM

    49ers > Packers

    Brilliant draft by Harbaalke.

  8. pathsovglory says: Apr 27, 2013 1:56 PM

    Seahawks fan here: the Niners have won this draft hands down.

    Too many picks to make the team so give players a chance to redshirt (Tank, Lattimore, etc.) and plan for the future. Ridiculous.

  9. tigerboye says: Apr 27, 2013 1:57 PM

    I wish this kid all the best… except when he plays the skins! JK!!!

    HTTR!

  10. JackAcid says: Apr 27, 2013 1:57 PM

    Rich keep getting richer. The 49ers are having a hell of draft.

  11. arrogantnation says: Apr 27, 2013 1:59 PM

    Happy for him!

  12. edgarh21 says: Apr 27, 2013 2:01 PM

    He needs to stay healthy? Wtf????

    Those 2 injuries were freak injuries one of which he was blocking. Just bad luck.

  13. thekiller678 says: Apr 27, 2013 2:01 PM

    Damn! Really wanted this kid on the Giants! Oh well, Good pick up 49ers.

  14. explosionsauce says: Apr 27, 2013 2:02 PM

    Great draft for the niners.

  15. raiderapologist says: Apr 27, 2013 2:03 PM

    The Raiders did the same thing with 4th round pick Michael Bush, and it worked real well until they couldn’t afford to keep him any longer.

  16. calibear831 says: Apr 27, 2013 2:04 PM

    the 9ers got the steal of the draft!. . .i wish the raiders would of made this move like they once did with Michael Bush, it would of made more sense than adding another QB!

  17. asimonetti88 says: Apr 27, 2013 2:04 PM

    Another solid move by Baalke

  18. ninersreciognizebch says: Apr 27, 2013 2:05 PM

    Love this pick one year down to rehab 10 years down your favorite teams throat go Niners

  19. logneezy says: Apr 27, 2013 2:05 PM

    the rich get richer.. damn ‘9ers

  20. mondosalvo says: Apr 27, 2013 2:06 PM

    As a freshman, the kid was one of the best rbs I’d ever seen. Two knee injuries later, I wonder how good he’ll be. It’s my HOPE that he’s still good, but thinking about what he could’ve been just makes me sad.

  21. Fist of the Raven says: Apr 27, 2013 2:09 PM

    Great RB. I wish him well on his recovery.

  22. hmpennypacker says: Apr 27, 2013 2:09 PM

    Great move by us! Very reminiscent if Buffalo drafting Mcgahee 10 years ago. Hopefully it turns out just as good!

  23. hmpennypacker says: Apr 27, 2013 2:10 PM

    *of*

  24. cometkazie says: Apr 27, 2013 2:11 PM

    “And that’s exactly what happened.”

    Great!

  25. brewcrewfan54 says: Apr 27, 2013 2:14 PM

    I was really hoping the Packers would take this guy they just couldnt do it in the 4th round. Good luck to him, he seems like a good dude.

  26. jrazz22 says: Apr 27, 2013 2:21 PM

    This guy has dealt with adversity so well. High character guy with a relentless work ethic. Someone everyone should root for on an individual level. Really like this kid, solid quality pick by the mighty 49ers.

  27. sfniners4life says: Apr 27, 2013 2:22 PM

    This kid was a monster in the sec and Carolina road him way to much. I believe he got the determination to come back and be a elite rb in the NFL. Who better then Gore to learn from and train with.

  28. GenXJay says: Apr 27, 2013 2:31 PM

    Nice. Was hoping Vikes picked him up for development then starter someday. Oh well. Glad cheeseheads missed out.

  29. tigershark49 says: Apr 27, 2013 2:31 PM

    If Baalke is right on some of these picks, the 49ers could be unstoppable!

  30. farvite says: Apr 27, 2013 2:32 PM

    Vintage 9ers.

    Bill Walsh always did this sort of thing. Talented roster, stash a guy for a year. Nice luxury.

  31. prmpft says: Apr 27, 2013 2:43 PM

    man -moral delimma here…Hate the niners – love Lattimore – Good kid – I wish him well…

  32. billmead1976 says: Apr 27, 2013 3:01 PM

    There’s a feel good story there. Hope the kid has a decent career like McGahee.

  33. erckle31 says: Apr 27, 2013 3:01 PM

    I. Love. Football. Niners had one hell of a draft. Just wow.

  34. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Apr 27, 2013 3:10 PM

    If he studies and grasps the playbook as well as he’s been rehabbing he will take the reigns from Gore in 2014/15 in the new stadium. As has been stated – the best pure runner in this draft. Low pad level etc – he’s like Gore Junior.

    Its pretty clear Baalke was drafting for 2014 & beyond with this year’s draft.

  35. kingcarlbanks says: Apr 27, 2013 3:14 PM

    I hate to say it, but the Niners have the potential to be a juggernaut for many years to come. Talent, depth and loads of potential. I dont know whether to be jealous, or scared for the rest of the NFC..

  36. baymac408 says: Apr 27, 2013 3:20 PM

    I LOVE THIS PICK FOR MY TEAM!!! My opinion he is the most talented versatile rb in draft (when healthy)!! He will have plenty of time to rehab and he will be perfect in years to come as a every down back after Frank Da Tank runs out of gas.. Lol if he does! Great draft so far as a NINER fan I’m excited an ready for this season.. GO NINERS

  37. vikescry1 says: Apr 27, 2013 3:25 PM

    ispokethetruth says:
    Apr 27, 2013 1:55 PM
    49ers > Packers

    Brilliant draft by Harbaalke.

    ———————————————————————————————————————————— why bother playing the games? let’s just give the niner’s the trophy now… look this was a nice pick and the niner’s have a great squad, but u sound like a bandwagon fan the way you comment on here.

  38. Brinke says: Apr 27, 2013 3:29 PM

    “Harbaalke.” Never heard that before and I live in the Bay Area. Outstanding.

  39. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: Apr 27, 2013 3:33 PM

    Next big time move for the niners would be to lock this staff up for the next quarter century. They took some, gave some, and took some again, brilliant minds here!!!
    Very happy the niners have turned it around from disgrace!!! Thankful fan here!!!

  40. beastmode5150 says: Apr 27, 2013 4:00 PM

    Go hawks.

  41. shkz4 says: Apr 27, 2013 4:25 PM

    Welcome to the Niners Latti…can’t wait to see play, wishing you speedy recovery!!!

  42. sourdoughsam says: Apr 27, 2013 4:28 PM

    We’re being spoiled as a fan base. Niner fans: stay humble. Wasn’t very long ago that our team was the butt of a lot of jokes.

    I’m rooting for Marcus Lattimore, not just as a Niners fan, but as a fan of great people. Amazing how far he’s come already.

  43. jayovalentine says: Apr 27, 2013 4:28 PM

    49ers are loading up an already talented team ! I’m a Skins fan but 49ers are gonna be dangerous for years to come.

  44. dirtydrew says: Apr 27, 2013 4:59 PM

    Welcome aboard young man. Take the time you need, and bring the fire when ready. Typical Baalke pick. Looking o the future. O Niners.

  45. granadafan says: Apr 27, 2013 5:17 PM

    Great draft by my Niners. Season tickets renewed!

  46. themackstrong says: Apr 27, 2013 5:54 PM

    Honestly, I said whatever team drafted him I thought he was going to be a stud. The only team I didn’t want to draft him was my teams division rival and he probably couldn’t be in a better situation getting more time and having that o-line. I knocked last years draft for being so many misses but I hate to admit it looks like San Fran had the best draft of any team. Next year is going to be fun to watch because Rams and Cards had solid drafts

  47. 49erstim says: Apr 27, 2013 6:31 PM

    @themackstrong…..agreed on the division. Just in the last 3 years it’s gone from laughing stock to a division that battles. That’s 4 solid front offices making smart moves and having PATIENCE …..which is a RARE commodity in todays NFL. Look at how many franchises bail out in year 2 of a 5 year rebuild. I don’t often compliment the division rivals, but all 4 teams are trending upward…….we must agree to disagree on last years draft. A little early on guys like Jenkins. Crabtree was lauded as a bust before last year and look what happened with him.

  48. jayniner says: Apr 27, 2013 6:45 PM

    Possibly the most talented depth chart at the RB position….

    Gore, Hunter, LaMichael James, now Lattimore

    This just isn’t fair to the rest of the league…

  49. unex9885 says: Apr 27, 2013 8:06 PM

    After years of watching this team struggle, it feels good to watch them cement their position as a power house. This draft as a whole was a fantastic one for us, it was a weak draft class but the guys upstairs made EVERY SMART MOVE. For those of you that don’t know, The WR we took with our first pick in the 4th round, Quinton Patton… Yeah, That guy is an absolute stud.

    Looking back, I only wish they would have taken Tyrann Mathieu in the 3rd and looked deeper for a tight end, that would have really solidified the secondary.

  50. dmackdaddy says: Apr 28, 2013 12:53 AM

    The rich get richer and show class in the process:

    “We’re going to slow things down for him physically,” Harbaugh said. “I love his mental approach to it — the aggressive mental approach that he’s taken though this whole process. But we’re going to slow the aggressive physical down and make sure Marcus is going to be 100 percent healthy before he’s out there on the field. I told him that (and) shared that with his mother (Yolanda Smith).

  51. forever9ers says: Apr 28, 2013 4:48 AM

    Frank Gore had both knees reconstructed at U. of Miami and now he’s the Niners’ all time rushing leader and 4 time pro-bowler. So this is really a storybook beginning for Lattimore’s pro career.

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