CB Marshon Lattimore
Here is where we get to the players I am far more worried about. In his rookie season, Marshon Lattimore earned an exceptional 87.9 coverage grade. Since then?
- 2018: 75.8
- 2019: 65.7
- 2020: 48.6
Not only has Lattimore failed to build off his rookie season, he has severely regressed in every season since. Honestly, I don’t see him as an adequate fit for this defense.
In a traditional cover-three scheme, similar to what the Seahawks, 49ers, or Chargers run, Lattimore’s talent would mesh better; he is tremendous as a tackler and run defender. However, his skills haven’t been used in a creative fashion, and, thus, his talent has failed to be maximized.
This season, the Ohio State product is allowing a 78.3% completion percentage and a 155.9 passer rating against. For someone with the physical tools that he has (4.36 40-yard dash), you’d expect him to be sticking with the top receivers. So far, however, he has failed to break up a pass.
Similarly to Williams, now is not the time for Lattimore to have a down season. With how the cornerback market has evolved, I am guessing he will seek a contract worth $20+ million per year. His raw abilities may justify such a contract, but his production has not.
Given then his reputation is as strong as it is, I would strongly advise New Orleans leveraging him as a key asset as a trade. As for this season, putting him in a better position to succeed, whether that’s with more press-man coverage or a more versatile role, needs to be a priority.