Originally posted by dlance:
Phoenix I Like hearing your opinion because its not alway the same as mine. I have never seen Lattimore play and he could be the next perterson but if he was that he would not be there in the 3rd or 4th round. I think they can get a good football player in the 3rd and 4th round that will play this year and many more. He may never be what he was and I would rather they pick a WR or a CB really almost any position in the 3rd or 4th more then a hurt RB. If he is there later in the draft take him and sit him. I just think it is to early to draft a hurt player and hope that a year later he will be able to play. In Next years Draft there will be a good RB, Draft one next year.
They said the same thing about Gore. The thing is, Lattimore represents TREMENDOUS value in the late 3rd.......considering where they are talking about in the draft, its not like anyone else they select will likely be much of a contributor in their first year. Meanwhile Lattimore is a franchise back that gives the 49ers a natural transition from Gore as he retires or moves on.
Also, as you've never seen Lattimore play, it suffices to say that you can't make any sort of judgment in regards to whether or not he is worth the pick or not. If it comes down to the either 49ers trading their pick away for a higher pick next year or drafting a guy like Lattimore this year and letting him sit and at least learn the system, I'm going with Lattimore. He's a tremendous talent and a special running back and with all the picks the 49ers have, they can easily afford to select a guy, put him on the IR and have him ready to go in 2014.
Also, its entirely possible that Lattimore will be healthy enough to contribute during the 2013 season, however, the 49ers really wouldn't NEED him, and he would have time to sit watch and develop as a player, and then take over Gore's job the following season.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Mar 22, 2013 at 11:40 PM ]