Not only is he not a senior, but he's also recovering from reconstructive knee surgery; however, South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore made the trip to Mobile, AL to speak with NFL teams and try to bolster his draft stock that is certainly different depending on who you talk to. He has received some interest already, though, as he told media members, including Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, that he has spoken to the Chiefs, Jaguars and Bengals, among other teams.
Lattimore, 21, suffered a devastating injury in October of 2012 when he dislocated his knee cap and tore ligaments in his right knee, essentially ending his collegiate career as he declared for the 2013 NFL Draft a couple months later. However, Lattimore said during the media session that he is "way ahead of schedule" and that Dr. James Andrews told him his recovery progress was "nothing short of a miracle."
One of the prevailing storylines of the 2012 NFL season was the recovery of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson after he tore his ACL late in the 2011 season, but returned to lead the NFL in rushing and record the second most rushing yards in a season in history. While that story is certainly going to lead to some optimism for Lattimore, the question is whether or not NFL teams will see that the same way.
Lattimore rushed for 662 yards and 11 touchdowns before suffering the knee injury and recorded 818 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2011 before a knee injury ended that season prematurely as well.