Marshon Lattimore has been selected number 11 by the New Orleans Saints.
This class of cornerbacks is one of the deepest in memory and of them the most promising is Marshon Lattimore. The best? We can't tell for sure but in terms of pure potential, we have to give it to Lattimore.
Lattimore has only played one full season at Ohio State. In the first two, he was plagued by hamstring injuries. It is an injury that has haunted him since high school. In 2016, he played the entire campaign and boy, did he make a splash!? A sight to behold due to his explosiveness and and abnormal athletic ability. The NFL.com's profile on him calls him an "uber-athlete".
He is not the biggest or the fastest, this is true, and it is also scary that his pyshical limitations in terms of injuries have been well-chronicled but the ability to shutdown one side of the field and know that the opposing quarterback can not throw it to that side is something special. He is a gem with crazy potential with obvious risks attached.
Mel Kiper on Lattimore: “You have the question of the hamstrings, but I think you have to look at how he played all year. If you look at Ohio State and the guy who jumped out at you wasn’t Raekwon McMillan or Gareon Conley, a guy who came on late and had a heck of a year. And they had Malik Hooker, who was a great player on that defense, and a number of others."