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While it's easy to lament "What could have been?" given the horrific nature of the knee injury he suffered last season for South Carolina, Lattimore has been diligently rehabbing after having surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews and is reportedly ahead of schedule. Still, it was the second straight season Lattimore had his year cut short due to injury and this one was even worse, resulting in a torn ACL, dislocated kneecap and additional ligament damage. The name now most associated with Lattimore is Willis McGahee, a running back who suffered a similar knee injury in the BCS title game in 2003 playing for Miami. The Buffalo Bills gambled on him with a first-round selection that year, and McGahee rewarded their faith by topping 1,000 yards in his first two seasons in 2004 and '05, going on to a productive nine-year career with more than 8,000 yards. There is no questioning Lattimore's talent, desire and drive - he runs incredibly hard and was a workhorse in 30 games for the Gamecocks with 555 carries, 2677 yards and 38 touchdowns. He has good vision in the backfield to find holes, good acceleration from a plant position and the strength to shed some tackles. He also is an above-average receiver out of the backfield. Off the field, he has universally been praised for his work in the community. Right now, Lattimore's landing spot in the draft is a complete mystery, though he did perform some step and balance drills at South Carolina's pro day as well as some pass-catching. Even those limited actions could go a long way in putting teams at ease even if he is unable to play opening day.