2014 Pro Days: Indiana's Latimer, Texas' Davis show off health, speed
The news was good for playmaking wide receivers Cody Latimer and Mike Davis, each of whom was ran 4.4s after foot injuries forced them to the sidelines at the combine.
Their workouts may have taken place hundreds of miles away from each other but the news out of their respective on-campus Pro Days was good on Wednesday for both Indiana's Cody Latimer and Texas' Mike Davis, two underrated talents in the deepest position in the 2014 draft.
The two well-built playmakers were invited to the Scouting Combine last month but were unable to work out there due to foot injuries. The 6-foot-2 (and a half), 215 pound Latimer was recovering from a broken foot. Davis, 6-0, 197 pounds, was unable to participate due to an injury in his right foot.
At their Pro Day workouts, however, each showcased the straight-line speed to catch the attention of scouts.
Latimer, who is still recovering from the injury and therefore did not participate in shuttle drills or even the positional workout, was able to run the 40-yard dash, clocking in at an impressive 4.44, according to a report from NFL.com.
Latimer, who led all receivers with 23 reps of 225 pounds at the Combine, also recorded an impressive 39-inch vertical jump on Wednesday.
A total of 19 teams attended the workout with the New York Jets and San Diego Chargers represented by general managers John Idzik and Tom Telesco, according to the report.
Latimer is currently rated as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 24 overall receiver and a 5th round prospect. He's a bit raw as a route-runner but the physical talent is certainly there to warrant development. The junior was just the fifth Hoosier in school history to exceed 1,000 receiving yards in a single season, an accomplishment that helped him earn team MVP honors in 2013.
Due to the disappointing 2013 campaign that ultimately cost head coach Mack Brown his job, Davis has also flown relatively low on the radar, given his fairly obvious talent.
Despite a down year for virtually every one else on the offensive side of the ball, Davis caught a career-high eight touchdowns in 2013 (four times more than any other Longhorn). That success helped him earn an invitation to the Senior Bowl, where his reliable routes and hands caught my attention.
On Wednesday, Davis was clocked between 4.46-4.48 according to a scout on hand for the workout, demonstrating the athleticism which earned him a ranking of 18th on NFLDraftScout.com's receiver board.
The Longhorns' top prospect -- edge rusher Jackson Jeffcoat -- elected to sit on his Combine times. He did, however, perform in defensive end and linebacker drills, showing good agility and speed but less-than-ideal hands, according to the scout.
The 6-foot-3, 247 pound Jeffcoat is the reigning Hendricks Award winner as the nation's top defensive end and ranks 80th overall on NFLDraftScout.com's board.
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