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Marcus Lattimore’s pro day was unlike anyone else’s in the country. It was more of a jubilee.
Lattimore returned to Williams-Brice Stadium for the first time since he pledged for the NFL Draft. All 32 NFL teams were in attendance to see how much progress Lattimore has made in just six months since his injury. He didn’t run, but he did weight and leg workouts that subsequently drew cheers from his former Carolina teammates.
“It was crazy,” Lattimore said. “I did not expect that at all. Pretty much every scout came up to me and said that was amazing and inspiring.”
Steve Spurrier said Lattimore just may have ‘jumped into the first round’, via Greenville Online.
“Marcus looked very good,” said USC coach Steve Spurrier. “His leg work was really impressive. I think he is going to do better in the draft than many believe. I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t end up going in the first round.”
Spurrier has always been known to stretch things.
But there’s no mistaking that had Lattimore been healthy for this draft, he’d not only be a first-round pick, but he would be the first back taken, period.
Now, teams will have to decide how much of a risk they are willing to take on Lattimore. The Bills took a huge risk drafting Willis McGahee after his knee injury, and he turned out just fine.
After the freak injury, some said Lattimore might take two years to rehab his repaired knee. But he’s made it a point to prove the doubters wrong and shock the world with his recovery.
Mission (almost) accomplished.
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