NFL Draft: Marcus Lattimore to Start Running Monday

By: Justin Pawlowski

Four months ago, South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore sustained one of the most gruesome knee injuries in the history of football.  That day he tore his ACL, LCL, and PCL.

Lattimore was on track to be a 1st round selection before his devastating knee injury.

Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery on Lattimore, said last week that Lattimore was going to shock people at the combine with his progress.

That progress was revealed to the world through a tweet from NFL.com’s Gil Brandt.

“Marcus Lattimore told me he’ll start running striders Monday in Florida. Will be on running program but won’t run 40s for time.”

Let that soak in for a moment.

Marcus Lattimore, who is just four months removed from one of the most severe knee injuries ever, is about to start running on Monday.

Lattimore has received overwhelming praise for his character and work ethic.  If he can come back from this knee injury and return to a close version of his former self, Lattimore could be one of the big steals in this draft.

As of right now, the risk surrounding Lattimore has it hard for me to invest higher than a 5th round selection in him.  However, I would not be surprised if there is a team that might reach just a bit higher to secure him with the reward that might pay off.

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