A couple picks after selecting wide receiver Quinton Patton, the San Francisco 49ers used their second fourth round pick on South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore. It was a pick most fans wanted to see, but it was hard to tell if it would happen.
Lattimore is coming off an incredibly brutal knee injury, but he is coming to the ideal situation. The 49ers are stacked at running back with Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James, which likely means Lattimore starts next season on the PUP list. If he can prove he's back sooner than expected, all the better. That being said, stashing him on the PUP list does not take up a roster spot. He will have the opportunity to work with Frank Gore, learn the 49ers offense, and get back to 100%.
Lattimore was considered a first round talent, but the knee injury dropped his draft stock considerably. He brings a combination of power, speed and athleticism that points to a strong future. There are concerns about his upright running style, but with the potential of a year to learn the NFL game, it will be interesting to see what Tom Rathman, Frank Gore and others can do with him.
The 49ers still have five picks remaining. They do not have significant needs at this point. Rather, they can go for best player available, and potentially take some more chances as they did with Lattimore.
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