COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Marshon Lattimore's hamstrings were healthy enough for individual drills at Ohio State's pro day Thursday. The projected first-round cornerback continues to stress that there was nothing wrong with them at the NFL combine earlier this month, either.
In his first public comments since cutting short his workouts in Indianapolis with tightness in his hip flexor, Lattimore echoed his social media posts that took exception to reports that he had pulled up with a hamstring issue.
"That's why I tweeted that," Lattimore said. "Yeah, I wanted to clear it up. It is what it is.
"Man, there's going to be people that try to bring you down. They didn't even know what was going on. I didn't grab my hamstring or anything like that, they just thought it was my hamstring. It is what it is, but, you know, I'm good. I had to come out here and show them [the athleticism], and another reason I tried to come out here was to show them I'm not injured."
Lattimore's hamstrings are a touchy subject; injuries effectively derailed two years of his career with the Buckeyes. The talented defensive back only wound up starting one complete season in college thanks to a tear in his left hamstring that forced him to miss the 2014 campaign and a nagging problem in his right one that kept him on the shelf for much of the 2015 campaign.
After changing his stretching routine and incorporating more yoga into his workouts, a fully healthy Lattimore emerged as a game-changing force in the Ohio State secondary, intercepting four passes, breaking up nine more and adding 41 tackles. He's currently listed as the No. 4 overall prospect on ESPN analyst Mel Kiper's latest Big Board.
Before his injury at the combine, Lattimore was timed at 4.36 seconds in the 40-yard dash and posted a vertical jump of 38.5 inches and a broad jump of 11 feet. Despite the clean bill of health, Lattimore limited his workout to individual drills Thursday in front of the nine head coaches, seven general managers and 122 total NFL representatives at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
"I just wanted to show my quickness, that I'm smooth, I can do everything," Lattimore said. "Because I didn't do anything at the combine. ... [The hip flexor] wasn't really bad, but they told me just not to try to hurt myself by going back out there.
"So I just had to show them that what I can do. I didn't put any pressure on myself, because I knew I wasn't injured like that. I was just ready to show them what I can do."