Marcus Lattimore, RB, 49ers
|RB - #78||180.40||SF||Probable||2 years||22||6'0||232||@MarcusLattimore|
2014 Outlook: Gamble (high risk)Last updated on Jul-05-2014 by Brad Kruse
If it weren't for multiple significant injuries, Lattimore would have been the best running back of last year's draft class. Unfortunately, he suffered two devastating severe knee injuries and wasn't ready to contribute last year. 2013 was a redshirt year for Lattimore. The early word this offseason indicated that he still wasn't 100-percent. He will get his opportunities to try to make his comeback this year; however, nothing is guaranteed for the former South Carolina back after San Francisco committed another draft pick on Carlos Hyde. If Lattimore is to win a role which involves playing time, it will be when the hitting goes live and that is when he needs to prove to himself. Playing alongside Frank Gore (another back who sustained multiple injuries before his pro career really began) will hopefully prove beneficial to his work ethic and commitment to return at his best. Lattimore is a very late-round gamble until the depth chart solidifies.
Editor's note: Hyde's arrival is a big blow to the perceived confidence the 49ers must have in Lattimore. Perhaps Hyde is insurance if the Niners opt to replace Kendall Hunter or allow LaMichael James to depart after this season as well. With so many backs in the mix, it is difficult to discern what the team has in store for the future.
ESPN's Bill Williamson says via Twitter that RB Lattimore is "fine" and will be back on the practice field in short order. Williamson says that the 49ers are "being careful" with Lattimore, but his tweet suggests that the second-year back is ready to play football again soon. Lattimore suffered two major knee injuries during his college career at the University of South Carolina, and has spent the last two years preparing to make a comeback.Fantasy Analysis:
This is exciting news for both Lattimore and fantasy players. Before his two devastating injuries, Lattimore was an excellent NFL prospect, and hopes are high that he can recapture some of that potential. He'll attempt to do so in a 49ers backfield that is more open than it has been in some time, with RB Frank Gore in the twilight of his career. Lattimore's competition includes well-reviewed rookie RB Carlos Hyde, and also long-time backup RB Kendall Hunter. It's impossible to say at this point what Lattimore's fantasy value is, but if his college days are any indicator, his ceiling could be very high indeed.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors7/22 - 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore to practice 'very soon'
7/17 - 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore to begin training camp on non-football injury list
7/16 - 'Word out of San Francisco' is 49ers RB Frank Gore will see 50 fewer carries this season
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2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|17.04||FFToolbox - George Bissell - Pick made based on My Draft Queue|
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