Ht: 6’5 Wt: 280
2013 stats: 7 TFL, 5 sacks
What makes Lathan an impact player?
Whether Devonte Fields plays this season or not, he cannot be counted on. That leaves a void at defensive end. While Lathan is listed as a defensive tackle on GoFrogs, he’s likely to see more playing time on the end. He possesses the requisite speed and lateral quickness to play defensive end.
The Frogs need players like Lathan and Bryson Henderson to still showed marked improvement. The defense is set up to dominate opponents as long as they can rush the passer. Lathan showed an ability to use a combination of speed and power moves to rush the passer as a sophomore last year. That’s why he lands at eight on our list of impact players. Not only is he talented, but his development is very important.
TCU tallied 32 sacks last season -- that tied them for third in the Big 12, but that number leaves room for improvement. Lathan has added strength to strategic parts of his frame to make him more durable. He’ll benefit from playing next to Chuck Hunter and Davion Pierson which should leave him with ample one on one opportunities.
The Frogs have bigger worries than their pass rush, but the best way to mask deficiencies in the secondary is with a good pass rush. If Ranthony Texada or the second cornerback struggles, the pass rush will gain importance. Lathan led the Frogs in sacks in 2013, and he’s poised to duplicate that effort in 2014.