2014 NFL Draft: WR Cody Latimer Selected By Denver Broncos

Cody Latimer - WR Indiana, 6’2″, 215 LBS, 32.625″ Arm Length

Drafted Round 2, Pick 24, Denver Broncos

Combine Results: N/A Forty | N/A Vertical Jump | N/A Broad Jump

  • Was the Hoosiers’ leading receiver in ’13 when he posted 72-1,096-9 (15.2) in 12 starts.
  • Did not work out at the NFL Scouting Combine because of a left foot injury (medical exclusion).
  • Bench Pressed 225 pounds 23 times during the 2014 NFL combine. 

NFL Impact: Latimer has very good size for a wide receiver, standing at 6’2″, 215 which he uses to his advantage when trying to create separation on many routes including slants. Super strong as he bench pressed 225 pounds 23 times during the 2014 NFL combine which was the best showing among all wide receivers. Uses his strength during blocking schemes. A workhorse, he has improved in each of his years as a starter. The wide receiver is raw as basketball was his first love, but that could be used to his advantaged evidenced by players such as Antonio Gates.

Unfortunately as strong as Latimer is, he still is somewhat slow on foot which could become an issue against quicker defensive backs. He also is not very agile as he is more of a north runner after grabbing the ball, rarely trying to change-up his course but rather tries to bulldoze his opponent which may translate poorly in the NFL. 

Fantasy Impact: While he has the size and physicality to become a solid wide receiver in the NFL, he does not have the foot speed to create separation and outrun his opponent making him more of a red-zone target for his quarterback and less of a open-field target. Most likely won’t get many yards after the catch so he will be all or nothing. Considering that NFL wide receivers don’t normally make an impact until their second season along with the physical limitations, it is likely that Latimer will fail to produce much for any fantasy football squad in 2014. Most likely will be valued only in deeper, keeper/dynasty leagues. 

If you are a receiver with upside and are eager to learn like Latimer, Denver is the best place to be. He might not contribute right away with the Broncos but watch for him late in the season and possibly into 2015. That is, if Peyton decides to play one more season…

Thoughts?