Indiana WR Cody Latimer had a workout for scouts and coaches on Friday. The Eagles were one of the teams to show up. Actually, that is putting it mildly. WR coach Bob Bicknell ran the workout. Chip Kelly and Pat Shurmur watched the workout.
Here’s some evidence.
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So what do we make of this? Could Latimer really be a target at pick 22?
We can’t rule out that possibility, but I would think Latimer would be more of a target if you traded back in the 1st round or up in the 2nd round.
I think Latimer is a heck of a prospect, but I don’t see him as the 22nd best player in this draft class. I do think he could end up being the #6 WR. The big 5 are Watkins, Evans, Lee, Beckham and Cooks. Things are wide open after that. Some will prefer Allen Robinson. Others will like Davante Adams. Maybe even Martavis Bryant. But Latimer could be the guy as well. And I guess that means he could sneak into the bottom of the 1st round.
Don’t think that this is some Eagles only fan club. Per Tony Pauline:
Almost two dozen teams were on hand to watch receiver Cody Latimer workout at Indiana. The group included receiver coaches from the San Francisco 49ers, St Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins.
Latimer is 6-3, 215. He ran 4.45 at IU’s first Pro Day back in March. He wasn’t able to do a full workout because of a foot injury. He did have a 39-inch vertical jump, which shows good explosion. Think of Latimer this way…he’s almost as big as Riley Cooper and just as fast as Jeremy Maclin. That’s a darn good size/speed combo.
The Eagles interest in Latimer makes a lot of sense. He would be an ideal fit. Latimer has the size Kelly wants. He is fast enough to stretch the defense and be a vertical receiver. He is strong enough and tough enough to be a physical receiver that can catch the ball in traffic. He has good hands and is a body catcher. He has good body control, which is critical for WRs. Latimer has good RAC skills. WR screens are a big part of the IU offense. Latimer is also a good blocker and will play on STs.
I wouldn’t be overly upset if the Eagles took Latimer at 22. It certainly wouldn’t be my preference, but I could live with it. This is a deep WR draft so there would be no reason to reach. I would assume that if the Eagles took him that high it would be because they have him rated that highly. We are talking about a big, fast WR with good hands who played in the Big Ten and posted big time numbers (135-2042-17 for his career).
The Eagles are being very thorough. I know they had at least a scout at his first Pro Day. They brought Latimer to Philly for a visit. Now the Eagles brass has studied him up close and personal. I’m guessing they like him. In a couple of weeks we’ll find out just how much.
Here’s Latimer in action.