We knew the Rams had some interest in Lattimore. He was among their 30 individual pre-draft visits and workouts. The South Carolina product was an All-SEC selection as a freshman and sophomore. Talent was never his problem. Injuries, on the other hand, are a big one.
Lattimore tore his ACL late in the 2011 season. He came back for 2012, but suffered a nasty injury to his right knee in September 2012 in a game against Tennessee. Lattimore caught a helmet in his right knee and tore his ACL, MCL and LCL.
The key to Lattimore's draft stock is when he'll be able to play again. Not so long ago, his target was a fairly broad "first half" of the season. On Tuesday, Lattimore said that he expects to be ready to play in the opening week of the season, according to USA Today. That seems optimistic, and NFL team doctors are liable to have a different opinion.
If enough teams felt like Lattimore's knee checked out AND that he can eventually play like his former self, he could be a viable second-day pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.