Marshon Lattimore is an American sportsman, a football cornerback who plays for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL).
Considered one of the best cornerbacks by the AFC team’s human resources manager, Lattimore began his career from high school to college and is now moving up into the professional football league, where he is ranked 11th in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Marshon Demond Lattimore was born on May 20, 1996, in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, and graduated from Glenville High School in his birthplace, where he played as a wide receiver and cornerback on the school’s soccer team.
In his senior year, Lattimore was selected as one of six finalists for the U.S. Army’s Player of the Year award and was awarded four stars. He was involved with college football at Ohio State University.
Career Life Of Marshon Lattimore
Marshon Lattimore, who competed in Ohio State in 2014, was retired due to hamstring injuries. He continued to play seven games in 2015, made a full recovery after one year, and was named First Team All-Big by the coaches on November 29, 2016.
Although he has a history of hamstring injuries and was restricted to a single year of college play, he was ranked the best (fifth-best) cornerback in the NFL draft by several sports analysts, including NFLDraftScout, ESPN, Pro Football Focus, and others.
Marshon Lattimore signed a fully guaranteed four-year $15.35 million contract with the New Orleans Saints on June 3, 2017, including a signing bonus of $9.31 million. The team selected him as 11th overall in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft.
As the first of five cornerbacks selected in the first round of the draft, he suffered two consecutive defeats with the team for two weeks in a row. In his first game with the Saint’s opening play of the season on Monday Night Football against the Minnesota Vikings, Lattimore scored four solo tackles in a 29-19 defeat. In the 36-20 defeat to the New England Patriots, he scored a season-high two-pass defense, seven combined tackles, and a forced fumble. He got out of the game in the first quarter and was included in the concussion protocol after a head collision with a teammate. Lattimore was set up as a starting cornerback before week 4, replacing his teammate Williams, who was demoted due to a discipline problem.
Throughout the 2017 season, he played a total of 13 games and 13 starts, recording 52 combined tackles (43 solo), 85 passing throws, a forced fumble, and a touchdown. Lattimore has also recorded four wins with the team. The first was a 52-38 win over the Lions, from whom he recorded his first interception and touchdown. On November 2, 2017, he was named NFC Defensive Rookie of the Month, spraining his ankle and enjoying a second taste of Saints’ Week 11’s victory over the Washington Redskins. The following month, on December 24, he contributed his quarters to the Saints’ (third) 23-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons and was later named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.
At the start of the first playoff game of his career on January 7, 2018, Lattimore recorded a total of six solo tackles and two passing shots in a 31-26 round win over the Carolina Panthers and a 29-24 defeat of the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Divisional Round.
Body Stats, Height, Weight
Weight: 193LBS (88kg)
Hands: 8 7/8″
Arm Length: 31 1/4″
According to the NFL, Marshon Lattimore is an over-athlete with an instinct to play from any cover. He plays with so much explosive hip movement that every time he is forced to turn and run, he is put into the accelerated mode. His flat-footed final somersault is described as electric, which allows him to shadow a nine-fold distance from release to completion. He is always a powerful tackler in the open field to deal with, but also a wrap-up hitter.
Sports analysts believe he has major concerns about durability. Apart from a hamstring injury and a tight hip flexor, which limited his testing on the combine, it is becoming more difficult for him to consistently block receivers from opponents. In this way, he could learn to downplay the reporting a bit to improve his skills in this area. Nonetheless, he has the competitive nature and self-confidence that will help him overcome physical hurdles and live up to his position as a pro-bowl cornerback.
Lattimore comes from a football family; the crown jewel of his athletic bloodline. His father, Marland Lattimore, played as a quarterback at Lincoln West High School; he was the school’s last signalman to win against Glenville. Marshon Lattimore was able to fulfill his father’s dream because the older man never got to play college football due to a knee injury he sustained in high school.
Lattimore’s mother, Felicia Killebrew, also has brothers who played on the rust.