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Scouting the 2017 NFL Draft: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

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With so many mock drafts having the Jets taking Marshon, I thought it was about time we looked at him for the Scouting the Draft series.

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Introduction

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

High School: Glenville High, Cleveland

Recruitment: 4 Star

Awards

2016 First Team All Big-Ten

Measurables

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 192

Class: Sophomore

Projected 40 Time: 4.44

Stats

2016 - 41 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, 4 interceptions, 9 passes defensed

2015 - 4 tackles, 2 tackles defensed.

Positives

  • Tremendous athlete
  • Plays with excellent balance and leverage
  • Confident playing press coverage
  • Perfect for Todd Bowles system
  • Shows fluid hips when turning and running
  • Good tackler, and shows a willingness to sacrifice his body.
  • Exceptional closing speed
  • Very good deep speed as well
  • Shows an ability to shadow and mirror receivers
  • Fights through receiver blocks in the run game.
  • Top class instincts and football IQ
  • Shows good hands in 2016 with 4 interceptions.
  • Very active hands to put a barrier between QB and WR, showed in PD's.

Negatives

  • Like Hooker, he only has one year of starting experience
  • Penalty risk as he rarely gets his head around.
  • Press advantage is reduced when facing bigger, more physical receivers
  • Inconsistent with bumping the inside release.

Conclusion

There is a reason why so many mock drafts have him going to the Jets at number 6. He's an incredible athlete with shutdown potential and top-notch speed. He is perfect for Todd Bowles preferred man coverage press scheme and he's as competitive as they come. He's also an excellent tackler for a corner and consistently wraps up the ball carrier, you won't see many Antonio Cromartie tackles from Lattimore. Everything I've seen leads me to believe he's a future pro bowler with huge potential, but one year starters worry me. That's just me being honest, I don't like evaluating prospects with only one years worth of tape, you can end up looking pretty silly. Saying that, the Jets don't have a lot of talent at the corner position and Lattimore (on the face of it) would fix that immediately.

Draft Round Prediction: Round 1 - Probably Top 10