South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore has had a couple of lousy years with devastating knee injuries, surgeries, and grueling rehab but it appears that things may be looking up. Lattimore worked out for reps of all 32 NFL teams yesterday and the room "burst into applause when he was done" according to Robert Klemko of USATODAYSports.
It appears that rumors of Lattimore's miraculous recovery have not been exaggerated. When Lattimore first suffered his most recent injury, many observers believed he would not be able to step on a football field in 2013 and some even worried that his football career could be over for good. There is still concern that Lattimore may be pushing himself too hard but miracles can happen as evidenced by the dominating performance put on this past season by Vikings RB Adrian Peterson after ACL surgery. It may be pushing it to expect Lattimore to be ready but he has "no doubt" heal be ready sometime in the first half of the NFL season.
Now the guessing game begins for team front offices. Based solely on talent, Lattimore could be the most gifted RB in this year's draft but his medical history makes him a major gamble. He could go any where from Round 2 if some team feels tremendously lucky to sliding to day three. He could be particularly attractive to some team with a still-effective-but-aging running back that doesn't need immediate production from the Lattimore pick.