Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore was taken with the 11th pick of the NFL draft tonight by the New Orleans Saints.
Lattimore, a Cleveland Glenville graduate, started for only one season for the Buckeyes after hamstring injuries ruined his first two seasons on campus. But once he got healthy, Lattimore made up for lost time. Big Ten coaches voted him first-team all-conference.
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“He’s an incredibly explosive athlete,” Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said last week. “It’s not just running straight line, but coming out of breaks. When he transitions with a route he can really, really stick to people because of his explosion, and then he’s got incredible ball skills.
“It’s often said by the people at Glenville and the people down here that if he played receiver, he’d be a heckuva receiver. I could see that. Whoever gets him is getting a really, really talented cornerback.”
Lattimore intercepted four passes last year. According to Pro Football Focus, opponents completed only 18 of 41 passes thrown to receivers covered by Lattimore. He surrendered only one touchdown.
Lattimore injured his left hamstring running track his senior year at Glenville and he was diagnosed with a tear that required surgery and ended his freshman season. Lattimore strained the other hamstring early in training camp in 2015, and when it lingered, his season ended in October.
Ohio State’s training and medical staffs went to extraordinary lengths to get and keep him healthy, and Lattimore was diligent in his rehab.
“He attacked it 100 miles an hour,” said Mickey Marotti, Ohio State’s assistant athletic director for football sports performance. “He knew this was his chance to play. He knew where he was at, where he’s been and where he wants to go.
“He did a great job and our training staff and strength staff did a great job with that kid.”