As we get closer and closer to draft day, I think it is getting to the point where every serious fan has their short list of players that they would be thrilled to have. I have my favorites, and I have some dark horses, but I think the biggest enigma of the draft is Marcus Lattimore.
There is no doubt that Lattimore's production (while healthy) in college was excellent, but his injuries were very concerning. It is a huge turn off to many teams for a player to have a history of injuries, particularly a player who would ideally be on the field for 70-80% of a teams offensive plays. Lattimore carried the load for South Carolina for 3 years, but outside of his first season, he could never really stay healthy. When on the field, he was a strong Heisman candidate, but his two knee injuries derailed those hopes later in his college career. He is a back who can do it all. He can pass protect, catch out of the backfield, carry inside and out, and has a lot of power and average speed. He is a high character guy who played against top tier opponents in college, and he succeeded with flying colors when healthy. I think that these abilities and attributes have kept teams interested even though there are those that think he will not be ready to play until 2014.
I personally would love to see the Packers take a chance on him. I think that his ceiling is high, but I do acknowledge the risk involved. As mentioned in the fanpost previous to this one, the Packers are in a lucky spot right now; there is no glaring need on the team. I think that our backfield is around a B- or C+ currently, but we do not need it to be an A; we have the best quarterback in the game. I do think that we need this to be a value pick. I would not take a chance on Lattimore before our pick in the third round. I think that he has the potential to be a great player, but the chances of that happening are about 50-50.
We are historically a non-risk organization with TT, but I think this could potentially make sense. As I said at the beginning of the post, everyone has their opinions leading up to draft day, but I think that this is an interesting discussion nonetheless.
Is there a player with similar risks that you would rather see the Packers take?
Also, if you have 5 minutes, check out this video of his injury and recovery--