NFL Draft 2013: Mike Mayock gives Marcus Lattimore 3rd round grade

Streeter Lecka

Draft analyst Mike Mayock believes South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore will be selected in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft

Former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore appears to be ahead of schedule in his recovery from a gruesome knee injury, and NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock believes Lattimore will be selected in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

"(The combine is) important for him. People forget how important the medical piece is. The NFL is holding its breath to see where he is. I’ve heard he’s way ahead of schedule. If he’s ahead of schedule, that adds to his value. I think he goes somewhere in the third round."

Lattimore was thought to be a late first or early-second round pick before tearing the ACL, PCL, and LCL in his right knee in October. The previous year Lattimore tore the ACL in his left knee, and although he recovered in time for the 2012 season, the two injuries make his road to recovery even harder.

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After suffering his most recent injury, Lattimore has predicted that he will be back on the field and 100 percent by Week 1 of the NFL season. But he is frequently compared to Willis McGahee who missed his entire rookie season after suffering a similar injury in college.

Lattimore is the 62nd ranked player on Mocking the Draft's big board and the third rated-running back

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