Lattimore is very good in coverage with size and speed, and he has the skill set of a No. 1 cover corner in the NFL. During the fall, multiple teams told WalterFootball.com that Lattimore could be a top-16 pick and he was receiving high first-round grades. Some team sources have him as the second-rated corner behind Marlon Humphrey, while other teams rate Lattimore as the top-rated corner. Heading into April, Lattimore is the favorite to be the first cornerback selected.
There is a lot to like with Lattimore as he has excellent size and speed. He is a man-cover corner to run with wideouts and prevent separation. Lattimore has the speed to run with fast receivers and the size to battle big wideouts. He is capable of playing press-man, zone, or man coverage. Lattimore has very good ball skills and an impressive ability to recover. If Lattimore can stay healthy, he has No. 1 corner potential for the NFL.
Lattimore totaled 41 tackles with nine passes broken up and four interceptions in 2016. He had a big game against Tulsa with two interceptions. Lattimore did have injury issues in college, and sources say that the Ohio State staff was constantly nervous about Lattimore getting re-injured. Durability could be an issue in the NFL, which is the biggest negative toward his draft grade.
Scouting sources have raved about how Lattimore has looked in fall camp for the 2016 season. Lattimore has good size to go with athletic ability. As a backup in 2015 during his redshirt freshman season, Lattimore had three passes broken up and five tackles. Teams believe he's in store for some big seasons now that he's a starter.
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