A report from the Indy Star indicates that the Eagles are one of the teams set to bring in wide receiver Cody Latimer for a pre-draft visit. Latimer played his college ball for Indiana University. In three seasons with the Hoosiers, Latimer racked up 135 receptions for 2042 yards and 17 touchdowns. Latimer, who will turn 22 in the summer, has a solid frame at 6-2, 215 lbs.
Latimer recently impressed scouts at his pro day workout. He reportedly ran a 4.38 40-yard dash despite still recovering from foot surgery that took place in January. Latimer's injury is probably part of the reason why the Eagles have interest in bringing him in for a visit. Teams like to check out injuries like these for themselves.
Here's how Latimer's spider graph shapes up. Latimer's 23 bench press repetitions (225 lbs) were the most by all receivers at the 2014 NFL Combine. It's interesting to see how Latimer's measurements draw comparisons to current Eagles wide receiver Arrelious Benn.
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Here's how CBS Sports evaluates Latimer. Depending on who you ask, Latimer is viewed as a mid-round prospect.
STRENGTHS: Possesses 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. 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.
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.
WEAKNESSES: Occasional concentration issues leading to drops. Though Latimer exhibits burst and hip-sink to separate out of cuts, he seems to lack a second gear when asked to pull away vertically and may struggle to consistently threaten the top of the defense. As a route-runner, 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.