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Thread: The Rams should admire Marcus Lattimore... from afar.

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    The Rams should admire Marcus Lattimore... from afar.

    The story of Marcus Lattimore's efforts to get back on the field after a second major knee injury are inspiring, no doubt. He has clearly demonstrated the physical and mental toughness to travel a long road with an uncertain destination. As a fan, I find myself hoping he finds success in the NFL.

    But, putting on my Rams Amateur GM hat, I think the Rams should leave Marcus Lattimore off their draft board.

    Earlier in the year, I might have backed the notion of using a 7th round pick on a guy like Lattimore with the idea of "redshirting" him for a year in the hope that he can come back in 2014.

    But now, due to the coverage of his recovery (whether or not it is truly accurate, or an exaggeration), and constant references to players like Frank Gore, Willis McGahee and Adrian Peterson, many are now projecting that he could be selected as early as the 2nd or 3rd round of the draft.

    The Rams simply can't afford to invest a Day 2 selection on a player like McGahee. Let's not forget that, for every great story of recovery, there are probably ten players who never made it back.

    So if the Rams decide to use an early pick on a RB, let it be Le'Veon Bell, Eddie Lacy, Mike Gillislee or Jonathan Franklin.

    We can't afford to take a chance on Lattimore.
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    Re: The Rams should admire Marcus Lattimore... from afar.

    Well then you're going to hate my mock draft.. I literally posted at the same time


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    Re: The Rams should admire Marcus Lattimore... from afar.

    I agree. Lattimore's knees are a major concern, too much so to be worth an early draft pick. A flyer in later rounds, definitely, but we aren't in a position to take chances in the 2nd and 3rd with guys like Lattimore.

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    Re: The Rams should admire Marcus Lattimore... from afar.

    I really don't see us taking a RB before the 4th round anyway, if then. Unless one of those guys drop to the 4th.

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    Re: The Rams should admire Marcus Lattimore... from afar.

    I agree with Av on this we are in the can't miss mode this year. We took a lot of risk last year some have paid off some have yet too. This year I hope we take the BPA, guys that can help us this year.

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    Re: The Rams should admire Marcus Lattimore... from afar.

    I'd like to take Lattimore, but I guess I just live on the edge. Probably explains why I love Christine Michael too.
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    Re: The Rams should admire Marcus Lattimore... from afar.

    Does anyone believe that Marcus would have been a first round talent if he hadn't had sustained the knee injuries? I'm just curious. Our local sports radio did a commentary on him yesterday and speculated that he did possess first round talent had he not been hurt. Apparently the last injury was pretty gruesome to watch. Both commentators projected him to likely go in the late 2nd or early 3rd. Thoughts?

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    Re: The Rams should admire Marcus Lattimore... from afar.

    If he had not been injured, he'd likely be the top RB in the class and a potential first round pick.

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    Re: The Rams should admire Marcus Lattimore... from afar.

    If the injury appears to be healing structurally soundly, I'd have no problem drafting him in the 3rd.
    If he appears to have a Dax type of knee going forward, 7th rounder.

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    Re: The Rams should admire Marcus Lattimore... from afar.

    I'm surprised he's even able to run right now considering how bad that injury looked. Anything is possible with hard work, new medial science and steroids....

    As far as drafting him goes I would say not until the 5th round.

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