PFF scouting report: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
Name: Marshon Lattimore
School: Ohio State
Position fit: Outside cornerback
Stats to know: Allowed an NFL passer rating of just 30.2 on throws into his coverage in 2016. The NFL passer rating for throwing the ball away on every single play is 39.6.
What he does best:
- Plays on the border of too much contact at times, but uses his hands well on blocks and at the line.
- Despite physicality, still committed just two penalties all year.
- Mirrors well underneath and gets his body in the way of the route, physically making those short routes awkward
- Plays slant routes as well better than any cornerback in this draft class. Allowed an NFL passer rating of just 2.8 on passes thrown into his coverage on slants.
- Routinely blanketed receivers out of the play. Matched receivers stride for stride on go routes, allowing just two of the 12 passes thrown into his coverage on go routes to be caught.
- Showed the ability to find an additional burst when he needed to, including on a fantastic interception of Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield early in the year where he kicked into an extra gear to get in front of the pass.
- Sure tackler. Didn’t miss any of the 37 solo tackles he attempted in 2016.
- Uses his size well to get to passes to knock them away, helping him to six pass breakups from the 41 passes thrown into his coverage.
- Lost the ball at times and looked too focused on the receiver. Countered this with a fantastic ability to get his arm out to swap the ball away more often than not though.
- Seems to want to play the man more than the ball, a little Eli Apple-like.
- Redshirted in 2014 and played just 84 snaps in 2015 thanks to injuries, before taking over as a starter this year.
- Played almost exclusively right cornerback, so has little-to-no experience tracking receivers or playing in the slot.
Player comparison: Desmond Trufant, Atlanta Falcons
Like Lattimore, Trufant is aggressive and not afraid to go after a pass to break it up, with the Atlanta Falcons star cornerback racking up 32 pass breakups over the past three seasons.
Lattimore has received a lot of praise nationally recently, and it’s not difficult to see why. He has it all, from range to ball skills, and routinely made opposing quarterbacks regret throwing the ball into his coverage in 2016. He has the size, athleticism and production to go early in the draft while fitting multiple schemes as an outside corner.