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Cody Latimer NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Denver Broncos WR
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Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana (HT: 6'2", 215 lbs)

Denver Broncos (49ers trade 56th and 242nd picks to Broncos for 63rd, 171st and a 2015 fourth-round pick)

Second Round: 56th Pick

Combine Weigh In
Height Weight Arms Hands
6'2" 215 32 5/8" 9 5/8"

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Combine Workout
40-Yard Dash Bench Press Vertical Broad Jump 3-Cone Drill Shuttle
DNP 23 DNP DNP DNP DNP

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Positives

  • Decent size and overall build for a possession receiver. 
  • Flashes the ability to box out defenders and use his body to create space to win 50-50 balls. 
  • Has the combination of quick footwork and physical strength necessary to release from press coverage at the line of scrimmage.
  • Soft hands—does a nice job catching away from his body and quickly securing the ball to turn upfield.
  • A consistent route-runner who seems to have the timing and depth down.
  • Shows flashes of ability to make tough catches in traffic.
  • When he gets into position, he's capable of going up in traffic and high-pointing the football above defenders.
  • Has an impressive catch radius when he's in position and under control.
  • Does a decent job adjusting to poorly thrown balls and has plenty of experience in this area due to his work with a crew of wildly inaccurate quarterbacks during his time at Indiana. 
  • A tenacious blocker and definitely among the best blocking receivers in this draft class. 
  • Extremely productive in a pass-happy offense and could have put up even more impressive numbers if not for multiple missed opportunities each game due to poor quarterback play.

 

Negatives

  • Limited speed and overall athleticism, which causes him to struggle to create space between himself and defenders down the field.
  • Will strictly be used as a possession receiver at the next level.
  • Routes are consistent, but he lacks the quickness and burst to explode out of his breaks and create separation. 
  • Strong and quick enough to fight through press coverage, but lacks the speed to run away from defenders when he does release from the press at the line.
  • Has the ability to make some difficult catches but doesn't always put himself in the best position to make the contested catch.
  • Field awareness is lacking against zone coverage; does a poor job adjusting to the defense and the movement of his quarterback to create a target—especially on broken plays when the quarterback leaves the pocket. 
  • Needs to do a better job of quickly setting his feet and getting into position in jump-ball situations—especially in the red zone; very inconsistent in his body placement, despite possessing the ability to win 50-50 balls against smaller defensive backs. 
  • Lacks the speed and agility to make plays after the catch—too big and stiff to make guys miss consistently.
  • Missed three games due to a hernia in 2011.
  • Underwent foot surgery in February, which limited his participation in the combine.

 

Collegiate Statistics
Year School Rec Yards Yds/Rec TD
2011 Indiana 12 141 11.8 2
2012 Indiana 51 805 15.8 6
2013 Indiana 72 1096 15.2 9

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Personal Notes

  • Honorable mention All-Big Ten in 2012 and 2013.
  • Won Anthony Thompson award as team MVP in 2013.
  • Also played basketball and baseball in high school.

 

Ratings Chart

Chart created at nces.ed.gov

 

Overall

Latimer has the build and the raw tools to develop into a solid possession receiver in the NFL. Inconsistency may limit his ability to make an immediate impact, but he is a candidate to significantly elevate his game in the NFL.

While his numbers were inflated due to Indiana's offensive scheme, his development was also hindered by the lack of a supporting cast and terribly inconsistent quarterback play.

With NFL coaching and the benefit of stable play from the quarterback position, Latimer could turn into a mid-round steal from this year's draft class. However, his inability to create consistent separation could be an obstacle he'll never be able to overcome if he doesn't develop into an elite route-runner.

 

Draft Projection: 5th-6th Round

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