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The Broncos selected WR Cody Latimer with their second-round draft pick.
It was a bit of a shock to see the Broncos select Latimer, considering they already have a stacked receiving core. The Broncos already have Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Emmanuel Sanders and Andre Caldwell on the roster.
To go along with an already stacked receiving core, it was also a shocking selection considering Latimer is recovering from a broken metatarsal in his left foot.
At the same time, however, Latimer is an extraordinary talent.
Because of his injury, Latimer was not able to do anything at the NFL combine but the bench press. At Indiana's pro day, Latimer ran a 4.39 40-yard-dash despite his injury. He also has a basketball background at the high school level.
Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase had the following to say to reporters about Latimer's size and physical ability:
He's a physical specimen, and when he plays, he plays his size. To see him catch the ball as well as he does and then his blocking is unbelievable. I don't think I've really seen a college guy go after it the way he has, and hopefully he just carries that over to this level.
Though it may be hard to envision Latimer fitting into Denver's plans in 2014 with their depth at the receiving position and Latimer's recovery from injury, it would appear from Gase's comments that the Broncos plan on utilizing Latimer's size in the red zone:
I think I saw him — 50-50 balls, he came down with it every time. ... That's a dimension that we're always looking to improve on, especially in the low-red area. That was probably one part of our red-area game we struggled on, where we probably kicked too many field goals inside the 5 (-yard line).
Considering the Broncos' lack of size at the wide receiver position with the exception of Thomas, it makes sense that they plan on using the second-round draft pick in red zone situations for 2014.