Eagles Check Out RB Marcus Lattimore

Last month, Marcus Lattimore tweeted about getting a cheesesteak while in Philadelphia.

And today, a league source confirmed that the South Carolina running back was in town for an official pre-draft visit with the Eagles.

Lattimore suffered a devastating knee injury in late October, tearing his right ACL, MCL and PCL. The 5-11, 221-pounder played parts of three seasons with the Gamecocks, totaling 2,677 yards and 38 touchdowns.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported recently that teams interested in Lattimore are looking ahead to 2014, but Lattimore doesn’t necessarily agree.

“After the surgery, Dr. [James] Andrews said everything was great, everything went perfect,” Lattimore told PFT. “And I’ve just been rehabbing my tail off. He wants me ready by the beginning of the season, so that’s our timetable. Beginning or middle of the season.”

Lattimore did concede, however, that some teams have told him he would sit out 2013. Others have said he’ll be put on the PUP list. And some have refused to put any restrictions on him at all.

“Whatever’s best for me and best for the team, I’m good for,” he said.

“There’s no concern, I’m going to be the same back I was in my mind, and the same back I was physically, even better.”

Projecting where Lattimore might be picked is tricky because it all depends on the medical evaluations from various teams. That’s a big part of the official visits and likely the reason the Eagles wanted to bring him in.

Some think Lattimore could be a Day 2 pick, but it’s probably more likely that he gets taken on Day 3.

As for the Eagles, they have LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown, Chris Polk and Dion Lewis on the roster. They’re looking to deal Lewis though if any teams are interested. If Lattimore slips and their medical evaluations suggest he still has upside, perhaps the Eagles could take a flier on him in the later rounds.

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  • I would love the idea of drafting this kid and putting him on the shelf for a bit. However I wouldn’t spend higher than a 5th round choice on him. I have a feeling that some team will take him before then.

    • CJ

      I could go 4, maybe even a late 3 if they moved back or picked another up…about the same place I’d look at Matthieu for completely different reasons. A depth chart with McCoy, Lattimore, Brown and Polk for the next couple years would be pretty nasty. They could carry 4 since Casey’s essentially a FB/TE/ H back.

      Great teams take fliers on guys like this, because if they hit it big, the reward is huge. If they miss, well, that happens anyway from time to time. If you’re going to miss, I’d rather go big than miss like they did on Jarrett where the worst case was what happened and even the best case wasn’t all that to justify a pick that high.

      • Couldn’t agree more. I just think we have too many holes to fill to spend a third round pick.

        • CJ

          I agree. This team has tons of needs, but you have to factor in value and the long term need at the same time. McCoy can get banged up at times; how will he respond to what’s presumably going to be an increased workload? Will Brown ever stop fumbling?

          Pre-injury, Lattimore’s what? A top 15 pick? Without question the top RB coming out. Even if it’s not an immediate need, you can never have too much talent at any position. Even as a late 3, he’s the most talented player there, by far. That’d give the eagles the best stable of RBs in the NFL, hands down IMO. And they’d have a coach who knows what to do with it. Boy would that be a long time coming.

          • Browns fumbling problem will get fixed, there are many examples of guys who struggled with that and got it fixed. I love the idea of adding him to the mix, but only after quality players at other positions of need are off the board. To me you don’t take him before the 4th. We have the trenches, filling a 3-4 scheme, DB’s, and even TE or a big WR to focus on before RB.

          • CJ

            very true. But, people only remember the examples of guys fixing their fumbilitis because, well, the ones that don’t usually don’t last long and are easily forgotten.

          • Well put…noted

      • Great teams can afford to take fliers on guys like this because they’ve drafted well in the past. Unfortunately we’ve had abysmal drafts the last few years and running back is not a position of urgency, especially with the emergence of Brown last year. We haven’t even seen what Polk can do yet.

        We need to hit on these picks, especially the first 4-5 rounds.

        • CJ

          which came first? Are great teams great because their needs are already addressed and they can take calculated risks? Or are great teams great because they don’t care about perceived need in the short term and are hell bent on building a perennial winner over the long haul. Even if it temporarily hurts a little.

          I’d argue the latter.

          • Please. If you’re going to argue that drafting Marcus Lattimore with something as high as a 3rd round pick is going to make us a great team in a backfield that already has one of the best young running backs in the league who just signed a big extension, along with a rookie back who rushed for almost 400 yards in his first two NFL starts, topping that off with a highly touted undrafted rookie in Chris Polk. When we have a glaring need for just about ANY other position beside running back in a class that has depth at most positions we need.

            If Chip had a couple playoff wins under his belt,or maybe we had a stable of older running backs, it might be viable. But the fact is with 3 extremely talented and extremely young running backs, it would be a colossal waste of 3rd round pick.

          • CJ

            that question wasn’t specific to this scenario. You said only great teams do it, so I just wondered aloud why that is. It’s a chicken and egg argument. Is that overkill at the RB position specific to the eagles? Yeah, probably, but things can change in a hurry.

      • Chalyn Anderson

        Chip Kelly would gio nuts with all 4 of those running backs. Our schemes would be crazy

  • cliff henny

    live in SC, watched alot of USC games, mostly to root against probably one of the top 5 most annoying fanbases (truly delusional in regard to team history), and while he’s good, just never saw the top end talent. was a block 0 get 2, block 3 get 5, with limited break away speed. just never really saw him explode into secondary and pick up huge chunks of yardage. with 2 blown knees, hope eagles stay far far away from this guy.

  • JDAREagle

    If ur gonna look at a strong sec back to bring in who we can get a deal for bc of injuries, not as serious, as Lattimore n when healthy put up better numbers, lets get Knile Davis. This guy is 6ft 227lbs n ran a 4.30 at the combine. I think he would be grear n this O. Also I would take any if the Hogs big 3. Tyler Wilsin is the best passer in the draft that has taken many hits n come back a true leader. Then you have a big receiver in Cobi Hamilton or even the most athletic TE n the draft Chris Gragg. They will all be great pros. While we are takin Hog players, lets trade for Dmac from the Raiders n show what he n
    Shady can do together.

  • Koy Detmer

    Could end up being a steal but too many other holes on this team to consider taking a RB.

  • Wilbert M.

    1) Lattimore is not fast even when healthy. 2) The Eagles have the most talented backfield in the NFL – they have not even tapped Lewis’ talent and maybe Polk can play a little. Spending a draft pick on an RB would be a waste.