Quantcast

49ers take RB Marcus Lattimore in 4th round - Live5News.com | Charleston, SC | News, Weather, Sports

49ers take RB Marcus Lattimore in 4th round, 7 Gamecocks Taken Overall

Posted: Updated:
COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -

The San Francisco 49ers selected running back Marcus Lattimore out of South Carolina with the second of their two fourth-round selections in the NFL draft Saturday.


Lattimore comes to the 49ers after a junior season during which he suffered a career-threatening right knee injury in South Carolina's ninth game, one year after Lattimore suffered torn ligaments in his left knee midway through his sophomore season.

Despite the injuries, Lattimore still set South Carolina school records with 38 career rushing touchdowns and 41 total touchdowns in just 29 games. The NCAA's Freshman of the Year in 2010, Lattimore rushed for 2,677 yards in three abbreviated seasons.

He will get an opportunity with the 49ers to add punch to a backfield that includes four-time Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore, who also had serious injuries to both knees in college but went on to become a star in the NFL. San Francisco's top backup running back last year, Kendall Hunter, is coming off a torn Achilles tendon that ended his season last year after 11 games.


Beaufort alum Taylor taken by Lions

The Detroit Lions selected Devin Taylor on Saturday in the fourth round of the NFL Draft.

The Lions took the South Carolina defensive end with the 132nd overall pick, their first of the final day of the draft. He had three sacks during his senior season with the Gamecocks.
 

Taylor, 6-7, 266 is the second end Detroit has taken in this draft. The Lions, who must replace departed edge rushers Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril, selected Brigham Young end Ezekiel Ansah with the fifth overall pick Thursday night.



Sanders heads to Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Jaguars have chosen speedy South Carolina punt returner Ace Sanders in the fourth round of the NFL draft.
 
The Jaguars chose the 5-foot-7 receiver with the 101st overall selection to beef up their special teams. Sanders was a standout punt returner for the Gamecocks.
 
Jacksonville had the first pick in the fourth round Saturday, but they traded the 98th overall selection to Philadelphia for Nos. 101 and 210 (seventh round).
 
Sanders ran the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine in 4.58 seconds, considered a slow time for a speedster. But he was productive at South Carolina, returning 53 punts for an average of 11.2 yards and scoring three touchdowns in three seasons. He also caught 99 passes for 1,230 yards and 13 scores.


Holloman picked by Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys have taken South Carolina linebacker DeVonte Holloman in the sixth round of the NFL draft.

The Cowboys took Holloman with the 185th overall selection Saturday, their last pick of the draft. Dallas traded its seventh-round choice to Miami last year.

Holloman started more games at strong safety than linebacker in four years with the Gamecocks. He was an outside linebacker as a senior, finishing fourth on the team with 57 tackles and leading South Carolina with three interceptions.

The 6-foot-1, 246-pound Holloman was the first pick in the defensive front seven for Dallas, which is switching to the 4-3 this year.

 

TJ Johnson taken in 7th round by Bengals

 

The Bengals have chosen center T.J. Johnson from South Carolina with their final pick in the NFL draft.

They got Johnson with their second compensatory pick in the seventh round. They took Ohio State offensive tackle Reid Fragel with another compensatory pick earlier in the round.

It wrapped up a draft that had the Bengals taking seven players on offense - tight end, tackle, guard, center, receiver and two running backs - and three on defense, including a defensive end, linebacker and strong safety.


Cunningham is Mr. Irrelevant

Justice Cunningham has a new title: Mr. Irrelevant.
Indianapolis selected the 6-foot-4, 264-pound tight end from South Carolina with the 254th and final pick in the NFL draft Saturday. Cunningham will be honored with a trip to Disneyland and the Irrelevant Week Parade in Newport Beach, Calif., this summer.
Paul Salada, who founded Irrelevant Week in 1976, made the announcement and again held up a blue-and-white Colts jersey this time with No. 254. Harnish was No. 253.
The Colts chose quarterback Chandler Harnish with the final pick in last year's draft. It's the first time a team has made the last selection of draft weekend in back-to-back years since Oakland in 2003 and 2004.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

 

Powered by WorldNow