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3 reasons the Bills should draft: Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore

Position: Cornerback.

School: Ohio State.

Measurables: 6-foot, 193 pounds.

Combine stats: 40-yard dash: 4.36 seconds. Vertical jump: 38.5 inches. Broad jump: 11 feet.

Career stats: 16 games, 46 tackles, 12 passes broken up, 4 interceptions.

Draft projection: First round.


1. He is an ultra-raw athlete who can be molded into a dominant corner. He entered the NFL draft with two years of eligibility remaining. Having missed his entire freshman year after undergoing hamstring surgery and part of the 2015 season with a problem with his right hamstring, Lattimore has limited experience. But he showed last season that he has all of the physical tools – especially speed, flexibility, and change-of-direction skills – to soar to great heights at the next level.

2. He has excellent size, which allows him to match up against larger receivers. Lattimore does a great job of jamming receivers at the line and re-routing them. He isn't afraid to be physical in coverage and doesn't hesitate to play the run. Yet, he also has the versatility to play off or zone coverage every bit as well as press. He is the full package.

3. He mirrors receivers so well that, at times, it looks as if he knows their routes better than they do. He also does a superb job of tracking the ball in the air. Lattimore is extremely competitive at the catch point and, with his considerable closing speed and athleticism, quarterbacks haven't found much of a window when throwing in his direction.

Fun fact: Lattimore averaged 15.3 yards per interception return in 2016, including a 40-yard touchdown.

They said it: "Marshon Lattimore's a third-year sophomore leaving Ohio State. He was only a one-year full-time starter. But when I study the tape, I see the most complete and talented cover corner in this entire draft class. You see him in tight, man-to-man coverage and just how fluid he is with his hips … good with his eyes, very fluid and quick feet. … He can get you the ball back and I think, most importantly, he's a cornerback that you can line up against the No. 1 receiver and he can take him away each and every week in the NFL if he continues to develop. Durability could be a concern … but I still see him as a top-10 pick. – ESPN Draft Analyst Todd McShay.

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins April 27. Up next: Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey.

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