Let’s imagine Chip Kelly could create his ideal receiver. The player would have size. He would be strong. He would be athletic. The player would be tough, which showed up in his blocking and STs play. He would have impressive receiving skills, the two most important being good hands and body control. The player would be equally effective on short routes and downfield passes.
Cody Latimer is 6-3, 215. His arms are 32 5/8 and his hands 9 5/8. That is the kind of size Kelly would love in a WR.
Latimer ran 4.44 at his Pro Day, which is good speed. He did 23 reps on the bench, showing unusual strength for a WR. Latimer had a 39-inch vertical jump, which shows good lower body explosion.
Latimer is a good blocker, both in the run game and on WR screens. He is a good STs player. Latimer made 8 tackles on the year, a mixture of them on STs and after turnovers. He recovered one fumble on a KOR. Latimer isn’t afraid to do the dirty work as a blocker or STer.
Latimer has very good hands. He catches the ball cleanly, away from his body. He has excellent body control. He’s able to adjust to the ball in the air. He’s able to make athletic sideline catches and get a foot down.
The biggest knock on Latimer is that he’s from Indiana and is a late riser. You go to Indiana to find point guards and power forwards, not wide receivers. If Latimer played at Ohio State, he would likely be a slam-dunk Top 20 prospect.
One of the reasons that Latimer is a late riser is that he wasn’t able to work out at the Combine. He had to deal with a foot injury, which had bothered him all season. He still managed to go 72-1096-9. Latimer was 2nd team All Big Ten each of the past 2 seasons. This isn’t a case of him being a workout wonder.
Latimer’s sensational Pro Day showing in March got the attention of all 32 teams and that drew a lot of people to his next workout, where he caught passes and did positional drills. Chip Kelly went to that workout to see Latimer in person. Latimer was well known in the scouting community before either workout. The Eagles were interested enough that they sent WRs coach Bob Bicknell to see him run back in March. Obviously Bicknell liked what he saw and the numbers blew everyone away.
And Latimer should fit the Eagles offense very well. He played in a spread attack at Indiana. They run a very high tempo offense. During Latimer’s 3-year career, IU was 10th in the nation in offensive plays per game (83.3). He wouldn’t have to adjust to the Eagles tempo. That would be something he’s already accustomed to.
Is Latimer worth pick 22? That’s the hard question. I don’t have him rated that highly, but it wouldn’t shock me if the Eagles did. They’ve shown a lot of interest in him. I wouldn’t be overly upset with Latimer at 22. He has the potential to be a very good NFL player. I don’t see him as a project or anything like that.
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We’ll find out just how much the Eagles like Latimer in a few days. Is he a primary target or not? Do they take him at 22 or do they trade back and try to get him a few picks later?
I don’t know for a fact that the Eagles do like Latimer. It just sure seems that way.