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Projected Round: 5-6
The last time the Bills drafted a tall wide receiver from Indiana, it did not work out so well with the selection of James Hardy. This should not scare the Bills away from Cody Latimer who could bring a lot to a wide receiver group that was lacking in size.
This would be another player that might take some time to develop, but at 6'2" and 215 pounds, could be a threat for the Bills offense in the red zone. There is a great deal of upside for Latimer according to Derek Stephens' scouting report, with his weaknesses being something that could be overcome with the right coaching:
STRENGTHS: Possesses thick, athletic-looking frame and an impressive speed/agility combination that enable him to separate consistently as a route-runner, and extend plays after the catch both in space and on contact. Flashes soft hands and good coordination when asked to extend and pluck the ball off his frame, and positions his body nicely when adjusting to balls thrown off stride.
Flashes the physicality and initial quickness to develop into a receiver who could beat press coverage at the next level, and is a willing blocker in the running game with room to improve his technique there.
WEAKNESSES: Occasional concentration issues leading to drops. Though Latimer exhibits burst and hip-sink to separate out of cuts, he seems to lack a second gear when asked to pull away vertically and may struggle to consistently threaten the top of the defense. As a route-runner, lacks precision at times as he'll round off his cuts, and he needs to get better at working his way back to the ball on hitches and comeback routes.