Seahawks Draft Central- Cody Latimer, WR Indiana
by Corbin Smith
Apr 05, 2014 3:04 PM EDT
SEAHAWKS DRAFT CENTRAL
PROSPECT: CODY LATIMER, WR INDIANA
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6'3, 215
2013 STATS: 72 REC, 1096 YDS, 9 TD
STRENGTHS: Latimer left Indiana after his junior year of eligibility. Highly productive 2013 campaign for the Hoosiers ended with over 1,000 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns. Also had five games with over 100 receiving yards this past season. Great build for a receiver allows him to do damage after the catch. Has soft hands and has athletic skills to beat defenders in press coverage. Ran an unofficial 4.39 40 yard dash at his pro day, showing better top speed than expected.
WEAKNESSES: He has struggled in the past with drops and lacks the burst to be a consistent vertical threat in the passing game. He remains unpolished as a route runner and will need major work in that area at the next level. Some scouts question how effective he will be based on having only one great season in college. He's also coming off a foot injury, although his strong pro day alleviated those concerns to an extent.
WHERE HE FITS: Latimer would excel in a west coast style offense, making him an ideal candidate for the Seahawks to consider as a mid-round option. Seattle plans to host him for a workout in the near future to see how he stacks up compared to other receivers the team may be targeting. He never had a great quarterback while playing at Indiana, and having a steady passer like Russell Wilson throwing to him could allow him to be a gem in this draft class. He would provide good size at the position for great value. With Golden Tate now in Detroit, Latimer might be a great option as high as the second round, depending which receivers are still available at pick #32. He could also still be available in the 4th round even with his stock rising by day.