Nov 23, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Indiana Hoosiers wide receiver Cody Latimer (3) attempts to catch a ball in the fourth quarter of the game while he is guarded by Ohio State Buckeyes defensive back Cam Burrows (16) at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State Buckeyes beat Indiana Hoosiers 42-14. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports
Tom Telesco was at Indiana’s Pro Day and to see WR Cody Latimer earlier in the offseason. Latimer was unable to do much during the NFL Combine because he was recovering from a broken foot, but he was able to run during his Pro Day and he impressed. Latimer stands at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds and he ran a 4.44-second-40. During the Combine, he led all receivers by putting up 23 reps of 225 pounds on the bench. He wasn’t able to participate in the shuttle drills due to the foot injury.
His speed in the 40 shows that he has the potential to stretch the field. His work on the bench shows that he can be a menace blocking down the field and also shows that he can fight off a jam.
Latimer makes catches with receivers draped on his back and that skill will be huge at the next level. He uses his size and strength to pick up extra yards after the catch. He doesn’t make people miss in the open field though, he picks up the yards with his balance and strength after the hit. He will need to work on his route running at the next level to gain more separation. His skill set would be a nice fit for the Chargers .
CBS Sports currently has him listed as a 5th or 6th round player, but he is climbing up draft boards with his performance at the Combine and Pro Day. He would be a good option for the Chargers in the middle rounds and he would give Vincent Brown a run for his money for playing time.