Gut Reaction: Broncos draft Cody Latimer with pick #56

At the end of the first round, the Broncos had a chance to grab a top wideout in Marqise Lee. They passed.

The wideout they drafted with their second pick may be a better option anyway.

Cody Latimer is literally bigger, stronger, and faster than Lee, who got a lot of street cred because he played for USC. Latimer's alma mater has no such credibility.

Latimer isn't lacking in confidence. As I was writing this reaction, he was interviewed at Radio City, and was asked about the Super Bowl. His response?

"We're going to win it."

If he's going to help make this prediction come true, he'll likely do it as the Broncos' fourth or fifth wideout. That doesn't mean he's not an eventual starter, however. It just means the Broncos are loaded at every position.

Here's some tape on Latimer from last year that shows both his strengths (straight speed, physicality, willingness to block) and weaknesses (getting off press man coverage, rounded routes).

The tape is particularly telling, because Latimer faced top-flight cornerback Darqueze Dennard on several occasions, even beating Dennard for a touchdown. For a detailed account of that matchup, you can click here.

In 2-3 years, Latimer will challenge for a starting job. Until then, you'll see the Broncos use him in the red zone because of his height and physicality.

I’m glad we had this talk.  Now, vaya con Dios, Brah.

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