Nov 23, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Indiana Hoosiers wide receiver Cody Latimer (3) runs with the ball after a catch in the first quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports

Mel Kiper Would be “Shocked” If Cody Latimer Doesn’t Get Drafted in First


I don’t even know why we listen to Mel Kiper anymore, but he is one of those guys that is getting paid to these predictions and is employed by the network, so we have to hear his babble. This time around he is saying that he would be “shocked” if Indiana WR Cody Latimer doesn’t go in the first round.

The Chargers have shown interest in the wide receiver, but taking him in the first seems way early for the Chargers to take a receiver in a draft that is full of talent at the position. Kiper mentioned the Chargers as a possible landing spot for Latimer in the first round.

I like Latimer and believe that he would be a good wide receiver on our roster, but I think we would be reaching if we took him in the 1st round. Latimer is a player that can help our offense, but there are so many other options in that first round. There are so many other options at the wide receiver position in that first round as well.

Tom Telesco shocked us last year with his selection and could look to do it again.

 

Tags: Cody Latimer Mel Kiper NFL Draft San Diego Chargers

  • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

    While I understand the hype around Latimer, I just want to remind everyone that Kiper once compared JaMarcus Russell to John Elway, so…

    Latimer may get drafted in the first, but he’s got pretty big bust potential going that early. Even after watching tape, I’d say late second or early third.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i dont understand all the hype around him. i like him, just dont know how he rose up the charts so high… crazy talk

      • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

        There’s almost always someone that rises insanely high for no good reason. No doubt he’s a good WR…but not first round good.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          its true… just never understand it and never want to be the team that reaches like that

      • Sergio Quintero

        Ernie my question is if Beckham or Cooks are there at 25, would they take one of them, it seems pretty consistent that they are rated ahead of the corners & Nix.

        Defense is too big a need to not go there, but they would pass on the pass on the BPA if one of them is there. I thought they passed on the BPA last year in terms of passing on Lotuleilei for Fluker, because OLine was such a big need.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          i think they would pass on them too… the thing with this draft is, the depth at receiver is much deeper than corner. if those guys slide, then the rest of them slide down as well.

          • Sergio Quintero

            My favorite draft guy Greg Cosell the “king of watching tape”, NFL network’s tape study guy, gave his opinions on players, amongst the most interesting his love for Kyle Van Noy, and his doubts on Louis Nix (he’s on the floor too much), and his opinion on some of the corners.

            http://plfmx-xxsports.s3.amazonaws.com/common/global_audio/121219.mp3

          • Derek

            but 2013 was bad knee nix pre opp…i personally think we can get the #1 cb on our board and draft jones from pen state n be better off. but if cb’s dont go as fast as i assume woudnt mind taking a chance on nix with roby or ej gaines

          • Sergio Quintero

            He does love your guy Roby, he talked about the elite skill set of him.

          • Derek

            I think roby was a victim of his success, 2012 was his. im sure into 2013 he started being lazy and noticing he could get away with it. i hope he shows tt he’s learned from that. also i dont think his def coordinator did him any favors. weddle and addae would keep him focused

          • Sergio Quintero

            He said that around the chargers pick the best corner is Roby, if they can get him clean up his technique, and return to 2012 level, big if, we still don’t know how good Milius is DB coach, but always though the Broncos group had good technique.

            I watched some of the late season games on draftbreakdown the technique was better, he looked like a player who was playing it safe, after eating some serious humble pie, and that was trying to rebuild his confidence. The guy has a top 5 skill set, you don’t normally find that at pick 25, I’m warming to the idea, but I still like Fuller over him.

  • Sergio Quintero

    There is always 1-2 players that rise like crazy in the pro day process, D.J. Hayden & Kyle Long being the guys last year, I think Latimer doesn’t get past pick 45, first might be rich and its Kiper trying to get the discussion going, but I think there is some fire to his smoke.

    Should the chargers take Latimore at pick 25 no, he’s nowhere near the class of Beckham & Cooks, and Lee is still ahead of him in my book.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i think there is fire to this smoke as well

      • tubbs45

        I think there is quite a draw to him and all of his visits. but he didn’t do complete workouts at the combine because of his foot injury…

        http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg234/puff-smoke/1525.gif

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          exactly…. we were just getting more info on him. dont think he is a first rounder

  • tubbs45

    Don’t do it… I like the kid and think he is very talented, but if he does jump up that means someone else is not pick that maybe of equal or greater value…
    http://i1089.photobucket.com/albums/i347/JohnBest444/Animals%20-%2011/Animals%20-%20Funny%20-%2011/FunnyCat-GoForIt-11.gif

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Now THAT’S a reach… lol.

  • NateLew

    I could see us taking him with our first pick only if we trade back into the 2nd. Still I’d prefer corner first (Fuller preferably), WR second (Latimore, Robinson, richardson) OLB third (no suggestion here lol)

    • Sergio Quintero

      I’m concerned Fuller wont get passed Philly or Cincy, I think he’s the best scheme fit for the chargers, but his value starts at around 20 and those 2 teams need a corner.

      • tubbs45

        just depends on if any other CB drop too. sooooo many friggin options and possibilities out there!!!

        http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y462/staffpicks/Animated_GIFs/anigif_enhanced-4568-1396262396-1.gif

      • NateLew

        Never know man. Thinking positively a team like the Jets might take Bradley Roby thinking Rex Ryan can bring him back to 2012 All-American form.

        • Sergio Quintero

          They say Rexy will push hard to get a corner if that happen it will push down a WR, would they consider taking one?

          • NateLew

            Who the Jets? They need WR talent badly but not sure if there’s good value at their pick. If you mean us? I think it’s very possible we draft WR in the 1st if they’re BPA. We know Rivers will get the most of them & Allen is literally our only receiver after this season. IMO round 2 is our best value for WR.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      that i can see

  • Derek

    I think TT got this guy PAID. after last yr’s haul TT has gained respect and admiration from his peers, to non charger fans he created a playoff caliber team in one season. nobody looked at latimer till tt showed up to his pro day. this gives everyone the idea this is another great reciever, now the goal is to beat the chargers to latimer. i hope tt did this to throw ppl off, latimer is a 3rd rd pick mid rd. that said I hope a team bites on him early, comon kansas city!

    • Sergio Quintero

      Concur KC drink up the Kool Aid.

    • tubbs45

      be careful what you wish for… come on anyone not afc west!!!

      • Derek

        ur right, no denying his potential he might struggle his first yr and flourish like poe…. ugh

      • NateLew

        If he truly is a beast, I doubt we’ll notice until Alex Smith attempts a down field throw.

        • tubbs45

          Hahahahaha!!!! Truth!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i hope a team bites on him early as well.. just means someone else slides

  • BlueBoltFan

    I’ve started to come around to the possibility of drafting Latimer in the 1st for a couple of reasons.

    If Telesco and Co. really think he’s a legit #1 WR, the 1st round isn’t too early. Would the 1st have been too early to draft Richard Sherman just because pundits had him lower? Also, McCoy, and especially Rivers have a history of developing and getting the most out of rookie WRs such as Tutu’s 111 yard, 2 TD performance against Houston in 2010, V-Brown’s potential before the injury and system change, and of course, #13 last year.

    I’d be happy if we had a draft that went something like:
    1. Cody Latimer, WR
    2. Pierre Desir, Philip Gaines, or Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB
    3. Trent Murphy, Marcus Smith, Trevor Reilly, or Aaron Lynch, OLB
    4. Justin Ellis or Zach Kerr, NT
    5. Brandon Thomas, Trai Turner, or Tyler Larsen, OG
    6. Chandler Jones, Corey Brown, or Jalen Saunders, WR/KR
    7. Larry Webster, OLB or Taylor Hart, DE

    With some of those picks we’d be able to trade down, still get our guy, and pick up more picks or improve draft position in later rounds. Just sayin’…

    • Sergio Quintero

      I’ll take Beckham/Cook ahead of Latimer, the chargers what they most need at WR is speed. Out of your guys:
      2. Gaines
      3. Murphy or Smith
      4. Kerr
      5. Thomas (Turner will be gone by the 4th)
      6. Saunders (as Kick returner he’s the best of your group)
      7. Hart

      • Marcel West-Bailey

        Sergio, I know you’re a fan of the Gaines brother but why not Desir? Physically he’s got the size and the talent.

        • Sergio Quintero

          Strangely enough corner is the one position I tend value speed more than any other, WR’s 2nd, I like Desir but Gaines gets the tiebreaker because of speed and level of competition, I think you have a shot at starting Gaines game 1, Desir from Lindenwood to starting in the NFL seems way too much too ask. I already have seen the Richard Marshall movie, not much interested in watching him start again.

          I like Desir, I have Gaines ahead of him its not a knock, can Desir be better than Gaines sure, I see a small difference, and the fact the chargers need a plug & play guy is my rationale.

          They get Desir in the 3rd round I’m perfectly cool, but if he’s the first corner taken my guess is that Marshall will start the first half until the learning curve kick in for Desir.

          • BlueBoltFan

            I think Marshall is likely to start the 1st half of the year no matter who we draft. We’ve got Fitz, Bolden, and Crabtree this year. Plus Bowe, Michael Floyd, and 2 games with the Thomases in Denver. It’s gonna be rough.

          • Sergio Quintero

            You are very likely right, part of the reason I always have been high on Verrett/Fuller is a think they can play day one, Roby is going to through some growing pains.

          • BlueBoltFan

            Fuller or Verrett would still be my first choice at #25…if we can’t trade down.

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            Fair point. Actually I agree with you because I wasn’t paying attention when you said Philip and not E.J.

      • BlueBoltFan

        I pretty much agree with what you’re saying here. But I don’t want to get caught up in the names the pundits tell me are good. They’re wrong a lot of the time and they miss a lot of great players.

        Latimer put up comparable numbers to Beckham with no Jarvis Landry on the other side of the field and no Mettenberger throwing the ball. He’s plenty fast enough to get open deep and is a pretty good route runner (btw, Beckham ran 4.43 at 5’11″ 198, Latimer ran 4.44 @ 6’2″ 215). He also has the kind of catch radius Rivers likes.

        Still, I wouldn’t draft him at #25, mainly because of the foot, but also because there are about 5 receivers in this draft who have similar skill sets. I’m just saying that if the Chargers did draft him I’d be okay with it.

        • Sergio Quintero

          I think he’s a lock to go top 40, that’s hardly not liking a guy, so I share in liking him, if he’s there at pick 57, I’m sure the chargers will very likely take him.

          I know I’m in the minority I really like Brandin Cooks, yeah he’s tick under 5’10, but the guy tracks the ball very well, he consistently beat corners deep even on 50-50 balls, the hands are very good, and the 4.33 speed is legit. He’s the guy I would break the “they have to take defense” for.

          • BlueBoltFan

            You’re not alone.

            I watched tape on Cooks over the weekend and I was impressed. He was everywhere! I’m actually more impressed by his versatility than his speed and his speed is legit. He’s a combination of Darren Sproles and Randall Cobb to me (a.k.a. scary). And very productive. And I think his needle is still pointing upward.

            Only question is his size and maybe some of his route running technique (which is fixable). I’m sold.

          • Sergio Quintero

            Add Desean Jackson speed, to the Sproles meets Cobb formula, and that pretty much Cooks.

            I hear people compare him to Eddie Royal, but Eddie seems to have a whole lot of trouble finding balls above his head, he seem to really struggle in deep passes. Cooks has a weird technique were he starts looking for the ball mid pattern (he runs deep patterns while looking for the ball most of the pattern) so he always seems to know where the ball is.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      im not going to be terribly mad, just dont think he is a first round talent

    • Derek

      if we draft like that picks 1 and 2 are cut no slack. no small school bs, no bad foot crap either. 1st and 2nd need to show up now nomatter who they are. i dont think ur picks can. looks like your banking on a lot of potential especially lynch

      • Stefanie Smith

        Exactly, Big D. Our first picks cannot end up as projects or experiments or “Wait until next year. They will be real good.”

      • BlueBoltFan

        1st and 2nd round picks are cut no slack regardless.

        Dee Ford, Kyle Fuller, and Jason Verrett have all had injury issues. Bradley Roby, Marquise Lee, and Louis Nix all had significant drops in production last year. Jernigan is under-sized. Hageman is raw. Beckham has benefited from being surrounded by NFL caliber talent and never really separated himself in production. Van Noy, Muprhy, and Crichton are polished but not especially fast or athletic. Attaochu, Lawrence, and Marcus Smith are all fast and athletic but unpolished – and (unlike WRs and TEs) the Chargers do NOT have a strong history of developing front 7 players. So there are questions all around.

        • Derek

          this is true however some indicators are more significant than others. for example character flaws like lynch’s. he left notre dame because he was “homesick”, didnt mesh with team. id only want him as a 7th rd pick because he does what he wants. he may play lights out today but get his feelings hurt tomorrow. to be selfish and act put urself before the team is a major red flag vs drinking underage or getting in a bar fight which i think is a excusable lapse of judgement. just my opinion. injuries are tricky if i was looking at a prospect with injury issues id want data on players with same injury and their recovery timetable. for example dee ford hasnt played a full season i believe, and he has had a back surgery already. i put him in the jpp catergory, jpp was great for 1 season in ny and it took him countless cortisol shots to last that long, post surgery 2013 he hasnt been a blip. you could prob count how many players make it back from a back injury. (romo, and ware wont be the same) but dont mean to be a downer. my thing is the only reason you know these injuries is because the players cant hide em. so think about the ones the were able to hide. i promise every player in that draft has had a procedure done by a doctor just the ones with major injury history have more.

          • BlueBoltFan

            I agree with you on the types of injuries. My point was simply that a lot of the players we’d be looking at around the 25th pick have questions. I don’t think Latimer has MORE questions per se; he’s just a late riser so people are more skeptical. For every J.J.Watt there are any number of washouts and scrubs. I get it.

            I just see enough to latimer’s game that if the team believes in him to the point of drafting him at #25, an argument could be made that he’s worth the pick.

          • Derek

            Well put

        • Sergio Quintero

          Couldn’t say it better, all of these players are not top 5 picks, they all will have flaws, which are you willing to work with.

          My interpretation of Telesco, is that he tends to favor guys that were really productive, even if they have a certain physical limitations (undersized, slow, not ideal feet for OLineman), Te’o & Allen tested slow, Williams was undersized, Fluker got questioned for mediocre feet.

    • gpack17

      i would love for that to happen!

  • Anthony95

    IMO – No way we select a WR in RD 1. Just don’t see it, too many WR options in draft and less depth at NT, OG, CB. So, its either we trade out of RD 1 or select best NT/OG/CB available.

    Hope is trade back and with 2 picks in RD 2 and 2 picks in RD 3 we get: NT, OG, CB, C. Then RD 4 either WR/OLB, RD 5 WR/OLB, RD 6 KR, RD 7 open.

    We don’t have to fill every hole this year. We need to strengthen O-Line, with OG and C we pair with Fluker to give our Right side of line plus center for next 4+ years. Then sign Dunlap to extension and we have him paired with Rinehart. – We would compete for division title and be in playoffs, AFC Championship Game potential.

    In 2015 draft we focus on: DE (if Liuget or Reyes don’t perform), WR, OLB (replace Freeney & Johnson), RG for eventual Rinehart replacement, and depth across the board. – Will depend on how Liuget, Reyes, Freeney, & Johnson perform. – We would compete for division title and go deep in playoffs, Superbowl potential.

    2016 draft: LT, QB (to sit for a few years then take over for Rivers), CB to upgrade on Wright, RB, LB depth, DB depth. – We would win division and go to AFC Championship Game/Superbowl potential

  • Rob Base

    Not going to happen. I think Bolts go D first. It’s just a smoke screen IMO.

  • navw21

    Well SHIT…

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    Mel Kiper is on acid, if he thinks we should select this guy in the first round.

  • RoyalChargers

    If we can’t find a trade partner then
    1 roby nix verret fuller cooks
    2 smith van noy Lattimer Easley
    3 Bryant purifoy McCullers Jackson

  • tbell11

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes in the 1st because he did get invited to NY but i wouldn’t want the Chargers to draft him only because we have bigger needs that have to be addressed first.