South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore is still recovering from the season-ending ACL-injury suffered in the Gamecocks' win over Tennessee. That isn't stopping him from entering the 2013 NFL Draft.
"Lattimore understands he may have to sit out the upcoming season, but has a goal of jogging and catching passes at the end of March for NFL executives, and plans to visit with them at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.
Since the injury, Lattimore has spoken with other running backs who came back from knee injuries, such as Willis McGahee, Frank Gore and Eddie George. Lattimore believes the time is right to enter the NFL draft, in part to have as long a professional career as possible.
Lattimore's recovery is on schedule, according to the source, and he is not using crutches. Lattimore also has the blessing of South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier."
Lattimore takes a big risk in entering the 2013 NFL Draft now, as opposed to the one in 2014. His injuries and how he recovers from them are going to be a red flag to scouts and NFL decision makers.