Player Profile: Cody Latimer

In my second player profile I want to jump to a position that many people feel is an area of need: wide receiver.  Many people believe that the Colts need to find the heir apparent to Reggie Wayne and this draft class is the one to find him in.  I agree.  This is possibly the deepest wide receiver pool in decades and if the Colts are going to find someone who can be a viable option when Reggie finally decides to hang them up, it’s this year.

I’m going to take a look at a player that many Colts fans from Indiana are more than like familiar with- Cody Latimer.  The wide receiver from Indiana University has opened the eyes of national scouts with his combine and private workouts.  He has shown so well he went from a 4th-5th round prospect at the beginning of the year to possibly landing in the 1st round if all works out right.  Let’s take a quick look at what makes Cody such a great prospect.

Latimer was a great weapon in Bloomington for the 3 years he played there.  He was consistent and was always there when the quarterbacks needed someone to get open.  He posted an impressive 4.39 40 time at his pro day and did extremely well during the workout session as well.  This is the day that he opened the eyes of the scouts and GMs across the NFL.

He has a big frame at 6’3 and 215 lbs. which makes his 40 time just that much more impressive.

As I said before, he was projected 5th-6th round before his pro day but now it is looking like he has jumped to the top of the 2nd round and could slide into the 1st round.  There are plenty of teams looking for a young, beefy, quick and athletic wide receiver and Latimer fits that bill.  If the Colts are looking for the heir apparent, then they will be taking a long hard look at Cody Latimer if he is there in the second round.

The only question I have that has yet to be answered about this position on the team is could we already have the guy they are looking for on the team?  Hilton isn’t big enough to be a true #1 receiver but plays like one.  I haven’t forgotten about Da’Rick Rogers though.  He has everything that many of these receivers coming out has.  He has a big body and a great vertical.  He doesn’t have top end speed but can break away in the open.  His only issue that we all saw last season was his drops.  If he shores that up, he could make a big push to take over for Reggie.  If he doesn’t shore it up or the team doesn’t think he will ever blossom to that, then they will be looking at wide receiver in the 2nd or 3rd rounds.



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