Originally Posted by southside
Can't help but draw similarities in the circumstances between these two players... which is why I have a feeling Lattimore will still go in the 1st round.
You can say the exact same thing about Lattimore, guaranteed Top 5 pick before the injury. McGahee still got picked in the 1st round and his injury only occurred a few months prior to the draft. Lattimore has 2 months and a decade of improvements in ligament surgeries on McGahee. I could easily see a team like the Patriots taking a flier on him with their late 1st round pick. Any team that isn't hurting for an immediate impact player from their draft might be willing to take the chance early. In the end, McGahee was still projected to be a late third round pick... that's what they are claiming for Lattimore as well. I'd take him with our 3rd easily if we missed out on Ball in the 2nd. Hell I'd take him even with selecting Ball in the 2nd.
I'm sorry but this is just idiotic. Teams don't "take flyers" on their 1st round pick. Just don't. and Lattimore had a brutally bad injury for a RB... here's from he University paper... yeah, THREE ligaments in one knee...!!!
Last October, star University of South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore went down with one of the worst knee injuries
the sports world has ever seen. In the days that followed, it would have been easy to think his career over—another sobering reminder that injuries are a part of football.
Yet this one felt different. The outpouring of support began immediately
. After becoming a sure lock for the early rounds of the NFL draft, Lattimore's career was supposed to end years from now following a successful, multiple-year stint in the pros.
Believe it or not, it still can.
At the time, however, it didn't seem fair. A 21 year-old budding superstar is not supposed to suffer one
career-threatening knee injury, much less two—Lattimore tore his left ACL
in 2011. He also shouldn't have to work through months of grueling rehab once, let alone twice.
Unfortunately, that is where Lattimore stands today, as according to a report by Geoff Hobson of the Cincinnati Bengals' official website, he suffered tears of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and lateral collateral ligament (LCL) in his right knee on the play.