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The Broncos moved up in the second round so they could select wide receiver Cody Latimer out of Indiana. With his natural skill set and playmaking ability, it’s surprising that he fell to the 56th overall pick.
Latimer is so talented that he may outperform receivers taken in front of him in the draft. In fact, if Latimer had been a first-round selection, there might not be many in the scouting community who would’ve batted an eye.
The Broncos tried to move up in the first round of the draft for inside linebacker C.J. Mosley. They were unable to make a move, so they stayed put and selected cornerback Bradley Roby with the 31st overall pick.
Had Roby not been on the board at 31, Denver could have easily selected Latimer in that spot.
Latimer has a fantastic size/speed combination—and his upside is through the roof. He does a good job of tracking deep passes over his shoulder, and Latimer rarely drops a pass. During his final season at Indiana, Latimer was credited with only one drop on 119 targets.
His hands will certainly make him a favorite target of Peyton Manning, but that’s not the only attribute that could help Latimer stand out for the Broncos.
Measuring in at 6’3”, 215 pounds, Latimer can be a force in the red zone. He has a wingspan of 77.625", which helps him secure passes away from his body—and away from the defensive coverage. It will be a great asset for the passing game to have three large targets (Latimer, Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas) when they get close to pay dirt.
We may not see Latimer start this year, but the Broncos could be grooming him for an eventual starting position on the outside. We could see Wes Welker move on in free agency after this season, Emmanuel Sanders moved inside to the slot, and Latimer inserted as a starter in 2015.
His value to the team cannot be overstated, and that’s why he’s underrated.