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Lattimore leaves scouts ... inspired?

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07:53 AM ET 03.28 | It isn't every day scouts treat someone this way. Marcus Lattimore ran football drills indoors Wednesday at the University of South Carolina for representatives of all 32 NFL teams, his agent, Michael Perrett, told USA TODAY Sports. And when he was done showing off the progress in his surgically repaired knee, the room burst into applause. So says Lattimore, the former Gamecocks running back who tore the anterior cruciate, lateral collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee Oct. 27 in a game vs. Tennessee. "It was crazy," he told USA TODAY Sports. "I did not expect that at all. Pretty much every scout came up to me and said that was amazing and inspiring."

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March 28, 2013  08:03 AM ET

I SO want this kid to do well!

March 28, 2013  08:11 AM ET

Everybody wants this guy to do well, I hope he makes it!!!!!

March 28, 2013  08:16 AM ET

And then, all 32 NFL representatives asked him who his orthopedic surgeion was.

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March 28, 2013  08:45 AM ET

The question no longer is "can a player recover from an ACL tear" b/c that is pretty much a given nowadays. The big question for Lattimore given two season ending injuries in a row is 'Will it happen again and when"!!!

March 28, 2013  09:44 AM ET

After this season I've got to wonder if tall running backs with long legs are going to be more prone to knee injuries, especially with the rule change that reduces their ability to protect themselves when getting hit. Lattimore, AP, and even RGIII.

March 28, 2013  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I SO want this kid to do well!

As a fellow South Carolinian and Gamecock fan, it really hurt my heart to see his leg crumble like that. I hope he goes to the right team where he can contribute as well.

March 28, 2013  09:55 AM ET
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And then, all 32 NFL representatives asked him who his orthopedic surgeion was.

Only the best surgeon out there that pretty much every athlete uses

March 28, 2013  09:55 AM ET
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The question no longer is "can a player recover from an ACL tear" b/c that is pretty much a given nowadays. The big question for Lattimore given two season ending injuries in a row is 'Will it happen again and when"!!!

Very good comment!!!! I just wish the kid could make it in the NFL!!!!

March 28, 2013  09:58 AM ET
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After this season I've got to wonder if tall running backs with long legs are going to be more prone to knee injuries, especially with the rule change that reduces their ability to protect themselves when getting hit. Lattimore, AP, and even RGIII.

Yeah, I really worry about RG111, he has those long skinny legs and he must learn how to protect himself more!!!!

March 28, 2013  10:03 AM ET
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As a fellow South Carolinian and Gamecock fan, it really hurt my heart to see his leg crumble like that. I hope he goes to the right team where he can contribute as well.

Same here..I went by the stadium as they were wrapping up the session yesterday. Everyone was buzzing about Marcus. He'll be the steal of the draft this year..

March 28, 2013  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I SO want this kid to do well!

It will make for a great story on draft day.

March 28, 2013  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I SO want this kid to do well!

Agreed.....

March 28, 2013  10:16 AM ET

C'mon Marcus! Everyone is pulling for you!

March 28, 2013  10:18 AM ET
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He'll be the steal of the draft this year..

I saw him play and I agree. From a purely selfish point of view, I hope he falls to the Giants in one of the lower rounds.

March 28, 2013  10:28 AM ET
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I saw him play and I agree. From a purely selfish point of view, I hope he falls to the Giants in one of the lower rounds.

I was thinking the same thing for the Dolphins. I just hope he doesn't end up on the Jets - they'll ruin him before he gets going.

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March 28, 2013  11:29 AM ET

Unlikely he'll fall past the 1st round. Some team in the lower 3rd of the first round will figure it's worth the gamble.

March 28, 2013  11:35 AM ET

Despite his recovery, he won't be drafted till after the 3rd round. Any team that drafts him should be prepared to bench him for at least half the season if not the whole season. Running combine drills like this is a positive. Players that have not been injured have a difficult time adjusting to the rigors of the NFL.

Maybe the one negative about Adrian Petersons remarkable recovery is that eveyone wants to prove that they too can make a remarkable turnaround. The trainers that are looking after RG3 and Lattimore and others should not pretend that just because Peterson was able to do it that their patient will also be able to do it.

 
March 28, 2013  11:37 AM ET

I'm rooting for him. Hope he recovers and does good things in the League.

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