A year ago, just about every NFL scout in the country believed that Marcus Lattimore would hear his name called in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. But, after suffering a horrific knee injury last season, he'll be lucky if he gets drafted at all this weekend. That doesn't mean he isn't preparing to play next season, though. Lattimore, who will likely be a mid to late-round draft pick, is confident that he'll be ready to play by Week 1 of the 2013-14 NFL season.
"I feel like, personally, I need three more months before I put some pads on," he said this week. "I know my body. I know when I'll be ready to play. It takes time I know, but at the beginning of the season, I feel like I should be ready to go."
Will that help him get drafted higher? We'll have to wait and see. But we wouldn't put it past a team to select him in the fourth or fifth round of the draft. If Lattimore can stay healthy moving forward, he'll end up being a steal at that point in the draft.