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Golden Nuggets: Gore 2.0?

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Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of San Francisco 49ers links from across the Internet

Mike Zarrilli

With the NFL Draft just days away, the players that are thought to be on 49ers radar change on a daily basis. After the Niners draft their players this weekend, the player that may have the most eyes on him this year will be a player drafted last year, but has yet to play. Marcus Lattimore was a star at South Carolina until a gruesome knee injury ended his college career and nearly ended his football career. His injury list included tears in his ACL, MCL, and PCL. The Niners took him in the 4th round of the draft knowing that he would be out for the year.

After over a year of rehab with the Niners, Lattimore is expected to compete for a backup spot behind another former college star RB who suffered a knee injury, Frank Gore. What better situation for Lattimore to learn than from a player who knows what he is going through. Gore can ease his mind about the physical and mental hurdles he will have to face having gone through the same situation himself. Gore quickly put any doubts of the Niners drafting him by excelling for the team. Niner fans can only hope that Lattimore becomes Gore 2.0 and fulfills the potential we saw before his knee injury derailed his excellent college career.

49ers Links

Gruden: 49ers QB Targets (Williamson)

I fully believe the Niners will move up in the draft | Moving Up In the Draft? (Lynch)

Seven Round 49ers Draft (Barrows)

Small School CB Catches Eye of 49ers (Williams)

Harbaugh always wants to work on a project. Who will it be this year? | Of Course the 49ers Will Draft a QB (Maiocco)

NFC West Draft News (NFL.com)

Coaches Back on the Field (Maiocco)

With his talent, it wasn't too much of a surprise. He has to change his life quickly | Aldon's Option Picked Up (Sessler)

FSU WR Gets Support from Kap (Maiocco)

1st Rounders should be impact players. Reid, Crabtree, Davis, Iupati, and Smith all had immediate impacts | Recent Niner 1st Rounders Contributed Immediately (Branch)

Cannot wait to see what he has to offer | Lattimore Almost Gave Up on His Dream (Brown)

Aldon Speaks on Twitter (Maiocco)