Two seasons into his college career, it appeared Marshon Lattimore may never live up to his potential as hamstring injuries hindered his progress as a player. On Thursday night, Lattimore showed how far he’s come when the New Orleans Saints selected the former Ohio State cornerback with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
After injuries forced him to redshirt in 2014 and only play sparingly a season later, Lattimore finally found his way on to the field as a redshirt sophomore. Filling the void left by 2016 first-round pick Eli Apple in the Buckeyes’ starting lineup, it didn’t take long for the former 247Sports 4-star prospect to assert himself as one of the nation’s top players at his position. He finished with 4 interceptions, 1 of which he returned for a touchdown, and 9 additional pass breakups.
For his efforts, the 6-foot, 192-pound Lattimore earned first-team All-Big Ten honors.
In the lead-up to the draft, Lattimore only bolstered his stock, running an impressive 4.36 40-yard dash at the combine. Although there were some reports that he had re-injured his hamstring in the process, the Cleveland Glenville product insisted he was in fact dealing with a less severe hip flexor.
Based on where he was picked on Thursday night, Lattimore’s injury history no longer seems to be the concern it once was a year ago.
With his selection, Lattimore becomes the fourth Ohio State cornerback selected — and third in the first round — under the tutelage of cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs.
Ohio State cornerbacks drafted under Kerry Coombs
2014 — Bradley Roby (first round)
2015 — Doran Grant (fourth round)
2016 — Eli Apple (first round)
2017 — Marshon Lattimore (first round)