12.10.2012

Lattimore To Enter NFL Draft

According to a source, South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore plans to enter the upcoming NFL draft. Lattimore suffered a serious knee injury (ACL and LCL injuries) against the Tennessee Volunteers this season. According to the report, Lattimore's recovery is on schedule. It is still unknown if the running back will be ready for the upcoming season.

This is the second serious knee injury of Lattimore's collegiate career. In 2011, Lattimore suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. After bouncing back, Lattimore suffered the injury to the ACL and LCL in his right knee.

It's never a good sign when a running back has a history of knee troubles. Despite Lattimore's talent, he isn't an exception. It's going to be interesting to see how many looks Lattimore gets despite his production when healthy. In his three seasons at South Carolina, Lattimore rushed for 2, 677 yards and 38 touchdowns.

While I think the most beneficial thing to Lattimore would have been to come back to South Carolina and have another productive career, even that is a risk. As we have seen, there is no telling when a serious injury can occur. If Lattimore comes back to college and suffers another knee injury, he may miss out on the NFL all together.

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