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New England Patriots, three others high on Marcus Lattimore


South Carolina Gamecocks star running back Marcus Lattimore has had an incredibly recovery from yet another severe knee injury, and he said earlier today that the New England Patriots, St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers, and Philadelphia Eagles are the four teams that have been showing the most interest in the extremely talented RB.

It’s no surprise to see that the Rams have such high interest in Lattimore, because they could use another running back to add in their committee that includes last year’s rookies Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson. Although another SEC back in Alabama’s Eddie Lacy is likely the best fit for the Rams committee, Lattimore can be had later on in the draft. Lacy would bring the Rams the kind of hard-nosed rushing style that would fit explosive backs Richardson and Pead the best, but it would take a second-rounder in order for the Rams to secure Lacy’s services.

Lattimore would be an interesting fit in places like Philly and San Francisco, because those running back situations seem settled. The Patriots also have plenty of depth at the position with feature back Stevan Ridley locked in, Shane Vereen poised for a significant role next season, Brandon Bolden coming off of a solid season as an undrafted free agent out of the SEC’s Ole Miss, and Leon Washington potentially getting some playing time at RB.

The Patriots also don’t have a pick from the fourth to the sixth rounds, so they would likely have to take Lattimore in the late third-round and bypass on bigger needs and more important positions. It does seem like the Pats are willing to go the “best available” route, so they could nab Lattimore if they like him enough. It is interesting to see that the Patriots are among the most interested teams in Lattimore, but I doubt he ends up in New England.

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