It’s been regarded as one of the best draft classes at the wide receiver position in years. You’ve heard all the hype surrounding Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Marqise Lee, Odell Beckham Jr. and countless others. But one name you may not have heard much about is Indiana’s Cody Latimer, who was unable to run at the NFL Scouting Combine in February due to a broken foot.
Latimer underwent surgery on his foot in mid January. He did manage to participate in one event at the combine, the bench press, topping all other receivers with 23 reps. At his Indiana pro day on March 26, he ran an unofficial 4.38 and posted a 39-inch vertical. He did not participate in any other drills, however, as he is still working on changing direction.
At 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, those marks are impressive, especially considering he’s not at full strength. Equally impressive are his ball skills and his natural athleticism on tape. He moves well, shows good burst and can make mid-air adjustments with his body to haul in a tough catch. He makes a lot of his plays in stride and has shown he’s a capable and willing blocker, something he’s worked hard to improve while training with Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall down in Weston.
In Latimer’s junior year in 2013, he recorded five 100-yard receiving games and hauled in 72 catches for 1,096 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Against Illinois, he caught 11 passes for a career-best 189 receiving yards and three touchdowns. During his three years at Indiana, he amassed 2,042 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns.
Since his pro day, a number of teams have expressed interest, including Buffalo, Philadelphia, Detroit, Oakland, Seattle, San Diego and Carolina all setting up visits, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post. He also has a scheduled a private workout at Indiana on April 25, with representatives from 17 teams slated to attend. It is unknown at this time if the Bucs are one of those teams.