Broncos trade up to #56, select Indiana WR Cody Latimer

Last updated: May 9, 2014 11:50 PM

The Broncos traded up from #63 to #56 with the 49ers, to select Indiana wideout Cody Latimer.

To facilitate the move, Denver sent its 2014 fifth-rounder (#171) and their 2015 fourth-rounder to San Francisco, also receiving an extra 2014 seventh-rounder (#242) in return.

That leaves the team with six 2015 draft choices, but they're reportedly expecting as many as four compensatory picks, from net free agency losses this offseason.

A foot injury prevented the 6-2, 215-pound junior from performing drills at the combine. But he did put up 23 bench press reps, the most among wideouts.

At his March pro day, Latimer was timed at 4.44 seconds in the forty, adding a 39-inch vertical leap.

In three seasons with the Hoosiers, the Ohio native tallied 135 receptions for 2,042 yards and 17 touchdowns.

He established career highs in each category last year, with 72 catches, 1,096 yards, and nine scores.

Latimer did not return kicks or punts at Indiana; he was primarily a basketball player in high school.

Writes Doug Farrar of Latimer's near term future:

The Keenan Allen comparison, in my opinion, is quite apt. Like Allen, Latimer doesn’t explode off the tape with demon speed — instead, he gets open and makes plays with toughness, route awareness and field intelligence. I believe that he will be an ideal number-two receiver in just about any NFL system. Allen was selected in the third round of the 2013 draft by the Chargers, and he responded with a fabulous rookie campaign — 71 catches for 1,046 yards and eight touchdowns. Latimer, under the right circumstances, could do the same.

Greg Gabriel doesn't foresee the same immediate contributions:

Latimer has talent, and while he will need time to develop, I see him as an eventual starter in the league. I have not seen anything on tape that shows me that he would be a good special teams' player while he is developing. With his size and leaping ability, he may be used right away as a red zone receiver.
I see Cody as a good fourth-to-fifth round receiver, but the speed he showed in a limited workout may get him drafted higher (third round).


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