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2016 NFL DRAFT

Cody Latimer, WR

School: Indiana  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Dayton, OH
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 215 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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05/12/2014 - At least Cody Latimer joins the Broncos with his eyes wide open. The Broncos' second-round pick knows that being a potential target of the uber-studious Peyton Manning means reaching the level of diligence and attention to detail that few receivers have to meet. "He demands a lot," Latimer said. "He takes control of his team, he wants to win. He wants his guys to know what they're doing obviously so he can trust you, so he knows wherever he puts the ball that you're going to be at the spot to get it. "I plan on coming here and living under him. I'm going to spend every day, I want to make sure I know what he knows. He's going to help me become a better receiver and I'm going to do what I can to help this organization win."

Denver traded up with the 49ers to get Latimer, moving up seven spots from the No. 63 slot to nab him. "We were waiting and trying to be patient with it and see how many guys were going to get down to us. The players that we wanted, once they started disappearing, that's when we decided we wanted to move up," said general manager John Elway. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Broncos' picks: Round 2/56 -- Cody Latimer, WR, 6-3, 215, Indiana...The Broncos traded up seven spots to get the big, fast receiver, who John Elway called "the best blocking receiver, by far, in the draft." Latimer ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at his Pro Day after recovering from a broken foot. He does not project as an immediate starter, but by 2015, Wes Welker's contract will have expired, which could move Emmmauel Sanders inside to the slot, leaving Latimer as one of the Broncos' projected starters. - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 42/7. *Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana, 6-3, 215, 4.45, 2...Physical specimen who reflects skills learned in his first love, basketball. He has great hands, a natural ability to get body position on defenders and that 39-inch vertical leap helps him win a lot of jump balls. His stock has soared since he recovered from left foot surgery and ran 40 yards early in April somewhere between 4.38 and 4.44 seconds for scouts who previously considered him little more than a possession receiver. Frankly: His 72 catches for 1,096 yards last year, mostly while battling a bad left foot, were usually on short tosses, which helped label him as a West Coast offense prospect. But his size, speed, strength and hands should do well in any system. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

05/07/2014 - Five players who should be on the Jacksonville Jaguars' draft radar...WR Cody Latimer, Indiana: The value of pass rushers could lead the Jaguars to taking Mack over Watkins at No. 3 but receiver is arguably the team's biggest need. It wasn't supposed to be that way as the Jaguars invested the No. 5 overall pick on Justin Blackmon just two years but after repeated off-field issues led to suspension and Caldwell told reporters recently that the club is "not counting on" having its most talented pass-catcher in 2014. Latimer, like Blackmon is a well-built, physical and competitive split end who would complement Cecil Shorts and young playmaker Ace Sanders. The Hoosiers aren't well known for producing NFL talent but there is no denying Latimer's ability, who was named the team's MVP despite ranking third in catches. At 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, Latimer shows impressive agility as a route-runner as well and wowed at his Pro Day with his straight-line speed (4.44) and explosive leaping ability (39 inches). There isn't a hotter name among receivers as the draft approaches and the Jags, frankly, would be lucky to have him still on the board. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

05/06/2014 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 44. Cody Latimer WR, Indiana (6-3, 215, 4.45, JR)...A former basketball stand-out, Latimer has transitioned very well to the football field and his athleticism makes his NFL ceiling a hot topic in NFL circles. He is still unpolished, but the potential has him rated high on several wide receiver boards in the NFL. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/29/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Wide Receiver: *Cody Latimer, Indiana, 6-3, 215, 4.44...Tough, physical specimen who reflects skills learned in his first love, basketball. He has great hands, a natural ability to get body position on defenders and that 39-inch vertical leap helps him win a lot of jump balls. His stock has soared since he recovered from left foot surgery and ran 40 yards early in April somewhere between 4.38 and 4.44 seconds for scouts who previously considered him little more than a possession receiver.

Frankly: His 72 catches for 1,096 yards last year, mostly while battling a bad left foot, were usually on short tosses, which helped label him as a West Coast offense prospect. But his size, speed, strength and hands should do well in any system. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

04/21/2014 - Five players who should be on the Green Bay Packers' draft radar: WR Cody Latimer, Indiana: The Packers already boast two of the game's better young receivers in Nelson and Cobb but reinforcements behind the two gifted (but injury-prone) pass-catchers is important after allowing Greg Jennings and James Jones to leave the past two seasons. Latimer is one of the fastest rising prospects in the draft as the former basketball player boasts impressive length, acceleration and natural hands. Latimer is a little rough around the edges but projects as a future starter whose skill-set makes him particularly intriguing to West Coast Offense proponents. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/15/2014 - Five players who should be on the Carolina Panthers' draft radar: WR Cody Latimer, Indiana: One of the fastest "risers" in this year's draft class is Latimer who intrigues NFL teams due to his athletic potential and very high ceiling. And it's becoming clear that he won't last long on draft day, but he might be around in the 2nd round. Despite limited experience on the football field (grew up playing basketball), Latimer is a quick study and should be able to contribute immediately and it won't take long for him and Cam Newton to develop a chemistry. His route running is a work-in-progress, but he shows outstanding ballskills with the athletic prowess to be a threat at every level of the field. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/03/2014 - 2014 Pro Days: Indiana's Latimer, Texas' Davis show off health, speed...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. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/03/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft: Week 4 Pro Days takeaways...3. Speaking of underrated prospects. Indiana's Cody Latimer has flown under the radar since the wide receiver declared early for the draft. But after his pro day this week, that might no longer be the case. Latimer ran a 4.38 40-yard dash and turned some heads with his speed and athleticism just two months removed from surgery on his left foot.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound wideout is a former basketball player who decided to play football in high school and found a new love. And NFL scouts are loving what he brings to the field, although clearly still growing and developing. Latimer, who also showed his strength with 23 reps on the bench press, was originally expected to be drafted somewhere on day two of the draft and his pro day performance only confirmed that thought. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/04/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): Cody Latimer, Indiana, Receiver...Latimer finished third in the Big Ten in yards (23rd nationally), tied for third in TDs (T-25th) and fourth in receptions (T-32nd). - Indiana football

12/04/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Cody Latimer,...Latimer became the fifth Hoosier to surpass 1,000 yards in a season and his total of 1,096 ranks third all-time at IU. His 72 receptions are fourth and his nine scores are ninth. On the Hoosiers career lists, Latimer's 135 catches and 2,152 yards are seventh, and his 17 touchdowns are tied for fifth. The Dayton, Ohio, native recorded five 100-yard games in 2013, which is tied for third in a single season, and owns seven in his career, which is tied for fourth. - Indiana football

11/11/2013 - WEEK 11 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Cody Latimer, Indiana, set career highs with 11 catches and 189 yards receiving with three TDs as the Hoosiers beat Illinois 52-35. - AP Sports

11/09/2013 - Cody Latimer set career highs with 11 catches and 189 yards receiving and hauled in three touchdowns as Indiana defeated Illinois 52-35 on Saturday. The Hoosiers (4-5, 2-3 Big Ten) snapped a three-game skid, while Illinois (3-6, 0-5) extended its school-record conference losing streak to 19 games. Tevin Coleman rushed 15 times for a career-high 215 yards, the most by a Hoosier in the last 10 seasons.

The teams engaged in a back-and-forth shootout until Coleman's 75-yard touchdown run edged Indiana ahead 42-35 with 12:41 remaining. Indiana burned the Illini's run defense for 371 yards and gained a season-high 650 yards overall. Nathan Scheelhaase completed 38 of 57 passes for 450 yards and two touchdowns to lead Illinois. He added 45 yards and a score on the ground. Receiver Steve Hull exploded for 224 yards and two touchdowns on nine receptions. - AP Sports

09/14/2013 - Nate Sudfeld threw for 335 yards and two touchdowns and Cody Latimer had a career-high 137 yards receiving Saturday as Indiana pulled away in the second half for a 42-10 victory over Bowling Green. Sudfeld's 33-yard touchdown pass to Latimer with 10:11 left in the third quarter stretched the lead to 18 and allowed the Hoosiers (2-1) to coast the rest of the way. After giving up seven scores in nine possessions last week in a 41-35 loss to Navy, Indiana finished Saturday's game having allowed just three points in 11 defensive series.

The Hoosiers compiled 601 yards of total offense and ended the day on a 35-0 run. Bowling Green (2-1) headed into Memorial Stadium seeking its first 3-0 start since 2003, but a normally reliable defense saw more than it could handle. Indiana's Tevin Coleman ran 19 times for 130 yards and two touchdowns. - AP Sports

08/29/2013 - BREAKOUT STAR: WR Cody Latimer is the Hoosiers' top receiver and recorded 51 catches for 805 yards and six touchdowns a season ago. He won't fly under anyone's radar, but Latimer has a lot more potential than what he has shown on the field. He should be the Hoosiers' top target in the passing game, and the junior will have an opportunity to become a star this season with some additional bulk and maturity earned during the offseason. - The Sports Xchange

08/13/2013 - TOP INDIANA PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. WR Cody Latimer (6-2, 215, 4.57)*...Latimer enters his junior season as one of the conference's top receivers after earning All-Big Ten honorable mention accollades in 2012 with 805 yards receiving (team leader) on 51 receptions, including 6 touchdowns. At 6'2 and 215 pounds, Latimer possesses a thick, athletic-looking frame and an impressive speed/agility combination that enable him to separate consistently as a route runner, and extend plays after the catch both in space and on contact. Despite the occasional concentration issue, Latimer flashes soft hands and good coordination when asked to extend and pluck the ball off his frame, and positions his body nicely when adjusting to balls thrown off stride. He flashes the physicality and initial quickness to develop into a receiver who could beat press coverage at the next level, and is a willing blocker in the running game with room to improve his technique there.

In terms of speed, though Latimer exhibits burst and hip-sink to separate out of cuts, he seems to lack a 2nd gear when asked to pull away vertically and may struggle to consistently threaten the top of the defense. As a route runner, he lacks precision at times as he'll round off his cuts, and he needs to get better at working his way back to the ball on hitches and comeback routes. Despite still being raw in some areas, there's no reason to believe that Latimer couldn't emerge as one of the conference's top receivers in 2013 considering his strong sophomore showing and unique combination of size, athleticism and ball skills. With another year of marked improvement, he could very well be in the conversation as an early entry candidate for next May's draft. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com

08/13/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: WR Cody Latimer developed into a big-play receiver last season, rolling up 805 yards and six touchdowns. He's a tough match-up for opposing cornerbacks because of his size, and he's faster that he is given credit for. - The Sports Xchange

07/19/2013 - 2013 BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST: Cody Latimer, Indiana, JR...A 2012 All-Big Ten honoree, Latimer owned a team-best 805 yards, 67.1 per game, six touchdowns and 15.8 yards per reception to go along with 51 catches. The Dayton, Ohio, native ended the season second in the Big Ten in yards per game, tied for fourth in TDs and seventh in receptions per game (4.2).

He recorded a pair of 100-yard games last year against Ball State (115) and Iowa (113). He pulled in a career-high-tying seven receptions and a career-high three touchdowns en route to his first co-Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor against the Hawkeyes. Latimer enters 2013 with 946 career yards, 54 shy of becoming the 37th Hoosier to reach the 1,000-yard mark. - Indiana football

 
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05/12/2014 - At least Cody Latimer joins the Broncos with his eyes wide open. The Broncos' second-round pick knows that being a potential target of the uber-studious Peyton Manning means reaching the level of diligence and attention to detail that few receivers have to meet. "He demands a lot," Latimer said. "He takes control of his team, he wants to win. He wants his guys to know what they're doing obviously so he can trust you, so he knows wherever he puts the ball that you're going to be at the spot to get it. "I plan on coming here and living under him. I'm going to spend every day, I want to make sure I know what he knows. He's going to help me become a better receiver and I'm going to do what I can to help this organization win."

Denver traded up with the 49ers to get Latimer, moving up seven spots from the No. 63 slot to nab him. "We were waiting and trying to be patient with it and see how many guys were going to get down to us. The players that we wanted, once they started disappearing, that's when we decided we wanted to move up," said general manager John Elway. - The Sports Xchange

 
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