Marshon Lattimore-

 CB Ohio State

6', 192, #2 

Best Hips In The Draft. 

By TOM

He grew up in an incredible poor neighborhood. "Where I come from can tend to be a rough area," Lattimore said. "I know this sounds incredibly cliché, but I didn't want to fall into the gangs and violence. My environment is one of my main motivations. Football is my way out." He found his way out big time.

He is not a push first CB, but when things get physical he wins. He shoved Darboh to the ground when he tried to muscle him right at the start of the Michigan game. He played some Bail Zone in that game. He bailed on one play and they threw the ball underneath to Butt. Marshon met him about 15-yards down field and took him out. He is freakish strong for his size. 

He does have some concerns. He missed almost half the 2015 season with a bum hamstring.  Runners and sprinters need their hamstring more than most, which includes Corners and WRs. He avoid piles, and O-linemen out in space. 

Overview: Marshon Lattimore is in his third season with the Buckeyes ... He is a talented skill player who was sidelined by a surgery as a true freshman in 2014 and ultimately red-shirted the season ... He came back to play in seven of the team's first eight games last season, but then did not play after the Rutgers game as he was re-experiencing his prior leg issues ... Lattimore did compete in the 2016 spring drills and enters fall camp battling for one of the starting cornerback positons ... He was an OSU Scholar-Athlete in 2014-15 and is majoring in sport industry.

He has great ball skills. "Here’s what I would tell you: Marshon was an extraordinary receiver in high school," Urban Meyer said. "He has gifted hands. Malik Hooker is the best basketball player in the state of Pennsylvania. [He] has got great hands. Gareon [Conley] has always had that knack in being able to do that (play the ball in the air), and was a receiver in high school. I think you have to catch the ball and really in man-to-man coverage you shouldn’t get this many. It’s unusual to have seven in two weeks, but a guy like Malik who is a ball-hawking guy in the middle of the field can get that done." He played in an elite ball-hawking secondary.

Nice job retreating for three or four steps in Press, and then attacking forward with a nice jam, within 5-yards of the LOS. Nice jam with his inside hand to jolt the WR's shoulders back. He does a nice job getting inside and down field to stay in front of the RB. It is tough for an RB to get behind him. He is not going to charge into any pile, but he is very adept at getting FS position, and playing the last line of defense down field. 

He is not the best taking on blocks. He is more of a pushback guy than a push guy. But when he gets mad he can play with some nice strength shedding WRs with some violence in his hands. Not a great blitzer if any blocker steps out of block him. 

He has a nice Dip move under the WR when he tries to block him outside. "Let them think that," Lattimore said. "I'm just gonna keep trying to show them that I'm that good. All that 1st round and all that stuff, I don't really feed into that. I just stay locked in to what I gotta do." He just doesn't giving up space going down the sideline for the QB to throw into. 

He has great quick feet in pedal, but he gives up his pedal a lot quicker than he should. He will pedal back for a few yards, and the WR will start to make a move to angle to the sideline a little, and he'll give up the pedal. I'd like to see him dance more in front of the WR moving backwards and slow him down for  a few yards more, because he is one of the best I've seen moving backwards.

2016 Season (Sophomore): First team All-Big Ten by the coaches and second team by the media ... ranks second on the team and sixth in the Big Ten in interceptions with four ... had three tackles and an INT in the road win at Maryland ... recorded two pass break-ups in the win over Bowling Green ... recorded two INTs and returned one for a touchdown in the win over Tulsa ... six tackles and 2 PBUs in the win over Indiana ... two tackles and 2 PBU at Penn State.

When he turns and runs 3/4ing downfield. He has trouble seeing both the WR and QB. At least it looks like he is focused on one or the other. Amazing hips and feet turning and running down the sideline against speed. He looks like he doesn't loose an inch in the transition, against speed WRs. He will turn facing the WR and the QB. He seems to have a good knack for turning back to the QB on runs. 

Nice job in off meeting the WR where he makes his breaks. "He’s smooth. A good athlete with good ball skills," an anonymous AFC exec said. "There’s not a lot bad to him. He’s a 1st-rounder." He can plant his foot and take off in Off when the WR makes a move at his feet.  

They like to play Off in the Redzone sometimes. "He’s big, strong, athletic, good ball skills," an anonymous NFC scout said. "But you still feel like you need to see more, because he only has 11 career starts and they rotate three guys. You want to see his speed. I don’t know if he’ll run 4.4, and he hasn’t been tested like he will this weekend." If he has elite speed at the Combine he could be a top Five Pick. 

He has elite snap in his hips in Off when he turns to bail at the snap. "" He has the loosest hips in the Draft. 

He will jog back sometimes peeking into the backfield when he keys run. A little slow getting over in run support sometimes. He will stick with the WR faking a pattern downfield when they are running the ball behind him. He reminds me of Raymond Clayborn. He is so laser focused on the WR that he will not notice the run. He will go sideways across the field to get in front of the RB, but will wait for the RB to come to him. 

He has great quick feet moving backwards. I love his feet. "I feel uncomfortable talking about myself. I'm not into the media that much. I don't like talking myself up." Lattimore said like a Patriot. "One of our goals is to be the best defense in the country." He has great quick hands shoving up, when the WR tries to cross in front of him inside. 

He is a guy who so finesse in coverage that opponent think he's weak. He will even shy away from crowds, traffic, and pileups on runs inside. So the big WRs or TE will give him a shove from the side or behind, and he turns and slams them with his heavy hands. He doesn't start trouble, but when it comes he ends it. That is what I like the most about him. He is so finesse in coverage that he doesn't give the refs a chance to throw a flag, and he doesn't start the physical crap on the field that can lead to flags. But when he has to get physical and tough? He might the strongest and most physical CB in this Draft this side of Marlon Humphrey's. 

Extreme focus on outside WR down the sideline. He will lose sight of QB, and go down the sideline with his back to the QB sometimes. But he does not leave any space to throw into. Great snap in his hips when he turns and runs down the numbers with his eyes on the QB. Plays great with his hands and feet in balance in Press. He finally gave up a pass in the 2nd Quarter (against OK), when he tripped and fell down. He did not give up a pass the rest of the way, even though they blew out OK, and they had to pass the whole second half.

He can certainly play the ball in the air. He can trail the WR. Then use his speed to step in front of the WR as he tracks the ball, like his big INT against OK. "He’s smooth," an NFL Exec said. "A good athlete with good ball skills. There’s not a lot bad to him. He’s a 1st-rounder." He is a bit of a body catcher. 

He can turn and run 50-yards downfield and track the ball over his head. Then leap up and dive out to catch the ball over his head for the INT, though the ball did move when he hit the ground against OK, but it was a great effort to run away from the WR and dive out and get his hands on the ball 5-yards downfield, but the ground did just knock the ball out of his hands. He can really track the deep throws like a WR. He doesn't use that nice jab on the inside shoulder of the WR enough. 

He is a shutdown corner who uses his elite feet, hips, and hands to not allow any space for the QB to throw into. He is a finesse guy in coverage, which is good because it translates well to the NFL. He is more of a dive out and grab the ankle of the RB tackler than any kind of hitter. Terrific in Bail. 

Marshon Lattimore Vs Michigan:

You see his swivel hips right at the start as he turned and angled inside on the run. He is not a pile jumper, but he did a nice job getting in front of the RB inside (:01). He Bailed here into a deep zone. They dumped the ball underneath. He read it and angled outside for a big collision with the 250-pound Butt (:07). He was not the most physical CB in the Draft. So it didn't look good for him. They met outside the numbers, and something strange happened. Butt didn't crush him. Lattimore tackled him up with nice form. Then almost smashed him to the ground. He is freakishly strong for a finesse Press Corner.

Here he was in finesse Press. He got a little hop-step, which was unusual for him. He usually doesn't waste a step. Then he snapped smoothly outside and ran with the WR. He protected deep, but when the WR came back he gave up too much space. But he was able to take him out by his ankle quickly (:20). This was my favorite play of the game (:31). Watch how physical he got here (:41). He was right up on the line looking like Clayborn. Darboh tried to get physical with him, and tried to power through him with his hands. Lattimore grabbed him back, and then pushed him straight back on his butt. That is a very big WR and a 250-pound TE he just out physical on back to back plays.

He shadowed the WR down the sideline. Then he saw the QB throw to Butt underneath. You can see here that when he has to tackle TE or RBs he like to go and attack their ankles. He is very adept at hitting bigger guys in the ankle and taking them down (:49). I don't know what happened here, but you can't tell me that Hooker isn't a top ten pick (1:14). Watch the Swivel hips as he turned and ran (1:33). I thought he had the best hips in the Draft when I watched him against Oklahoma. 

He does NOT like piles, pileups, and traffic, but he does a nice job there scooting out of the pileup and protecting the sideline. That is about as good as you are going to get from him around piles (1:47). Watch the quick swivel and the hips and shoulders as he bailed. His biggest weakness in coverage is the Comeback. He naturally protected deep over the top, and had trouble stopping and covering those Comebacks (1:54). He does it again on this play. He consistency was excellent. He turned and 3/4s down the field, looking back at the QB, and ran as fast as the WR. I never guess guys speed, because I have no knack for it. But this kid can move on the field, and I think he has a shot at the low 4.4s. 

Watch him snap inside with with some nice suddenness in his shoulders, and such flash it startled the WR. But once the RB was in the line he was useless (2:10). When you give him a free lane to the RB, he can hit like a safety (2:28). It is such a wonderful dichotomy in his game. He can look like a genuine pussy avoiding the Line, and then give a vicious thunder crack hit when he has to make the play in a little space. I love this kid.

I mean, did you see the suddenness in his shoulders as he swiveled his hips back. He has the best hips in this Draft (2:36). He zoned the deep sideline, and they set up a screen underneath him. I think we are seeing here why he avoids the O-linemen so much. He just took a beating. He usually does such a great job of getting in front of the RB and staying in front of him (3:00). Then on the next play watch this physicality (3:14). He moved cautiously across the formation and gave up too much on the other side. But then watch the speed as he read the swing pass out to Darboh. Then he was as physical and tough as you wanted him to be. He knocked the much bigger WR out of bounds with a crack.

He actually pile jumped inside the Five on 3rd and Goal. That was some nice grit there (3:32). Watch the great snap of the hips outside. He read Fade all the way. Darboh burned him badly inside, and he almost recovered and tipped the ball (3:42). That really was a great recovery. He was beaten by yards by the outside shake, and got back to within inches of the ball.

Lattimore Vs Michigan:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfL_ByqTrLg

Lattimore's Official Bio:

Ohio State Overview: Marshon Lattimore is in his third season with the Buckeyes ... he is a talented skill player who was sidelined by a surgery as a true freshman in 2014 and ultimately red-shirted the season ... he came back to play in seven of the team's first eight games last season, but then did not play after the Rutgers game as he was re-experiencing his prior leg issues ... Lattimore did compete in the 2016 spring drills and enters fall camp battling for one of the starting cornerback positons ... he was an OSU Scholar-Athlete in 2014-15 and is majoring in sport industry.

2016 Season (Sophomore): First team All-Big Ten by the coaches and second team by the media ... ranks second on the team and sixth in the Big Ten in interceptions with four ... had three tackles and an INT in the road win at Maryland ... recorded two pass break-ups in the win over Bowling Green ... recorded two INTs and returned one for a touchdown in the win over Tulsa ... six tackles and 2 PBUs in the win over Indiana ... two tackles and 2 PBU at Penn State.

More on Marshon: Lattimore was one of the Top 50 prospects in the country as a senior -- he was ranked No. 44 nationally by 247Sports and No. 45 by ESPN with Scout ranking him No. 51 -- and he was a Top 10 cornerback ... this consensus four-star performer was listed as the No. 6 cornerback in the country by 247Sports and No. 8 by Scout, and ESPN and Rivals each complimented his abilities with impressive national "athlete" rankings of No. 5 and No. 7, respectively ... one of three of coach Ted Ginn's Glenville Tarblooders in this signing class, Lattimore starred in the defensive backfield and as a receiver on a Glenville team that went 13-2 in 2013 and advanced to the Division II state championship game ... had 40 receptions for 911 yards and 16 TDs as a senior and also had three special teams touchdowns ... scored four touchdowns in a state semifinal win over Highland ... named Division II's Ohio defensive player of the year as senior ... a U.S. Army All-American and a finalist for its player of the year ... also named first team Associated Press all-state in 2013 ... Ohio's offensive MVP in the inaugural Border Classic, pitting Ohio seniors vs. Michigan seniors ... is the son of Felicia Killebrew and Marland Lattimore Sr.

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