Anyone that has watched the NFL over the past few seasons knows that former Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore is a reasonably special player. He’s already taken home the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Yr in 2017, and has also been a four-time Pro-Bowler (2017, 2019-2021).
But some would say it means much more when those contained in the game recognize the greatness of a player. In any case, they’re those which can be closest to the sport. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler has been releasing position rankings (subscription required) within the NFL, as voted on by league executives, coaches, scouts, and players, and so they all just added a major stamp of approval for Lattimore.
The outcomes of the poll didn’t elevate the Saints’ No. 1 cornerback to the highest spot, nevertheless it did have him are available just behind Jalen Ramsey at No. 2 on the list.
Fowler shared the next from those conversations:
“He can really do all of it,” said an AFC exec who voted Lattimore No. 1 overall. Fifteen of Lattimore’s pass deflections got here in man coverage, which he plays lots. He was known early in his profession for getting up for matchups with top receivers and playing right down to lesser talent, but some voters believed he improved his consistency last yr.
“He got back closer to what he looked like [in his] first couple of years within the league,” an NFC defensive coach said. “Hit a turning point within the season where he was really at his best and it showed up. Physical and competitive, strong as hell.”
Added an AFC defensive coach: “He’s a man you’ll be able to ask to remove a top guy and he does it. Certainly one of the few players who can try this.”
Rember, there are a ton of fine cover guys within the league. For Lattimore to be ranked second means he’s ahead of fellows like Denzel Ward (one other Buckeye) of the Cleveland Browns, A.J. Terrell of the Atlanta Falcons, and Jaire Alexander of the Green Bay Packers.
That’s some rare company, and it’s well deserved for a Buckeye great.
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