Eagles Focus On Cody Latimer: A Diamond In The Heartland


The Philadelphia Eagles reportedly are looking to the heartland in search of offensive weapons. The Indianapolis Star recently reported the Eagles are scheduled to meet with Indiana Hoosiers wide receiver Cody Latimer before the draft next month. Obviously since the Eagles released their former wide receiver DeSean Jackson  they are looking maybe not to replace him but to add another wide receiver to their already power-laden offense.

Latimer is projected to be selected in the later in the draft, possibly as late as the fifth round. He has a lot of potential but needs some player development to become a true play-maker. Playing for Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly may be just what he needs to become that diamond in the rough.

Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com gives his report on Latimer:

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.

His speed, strength and vertical jump distance is very impressive. No question he has pure, raw talent. I would say if he is still on the board in the fourth round the Eagles should add him to the roster. That would be a wise move on their part. With his height, speed and vertical ability he could develop into a fantastic weapon for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles to deliver the ball to.

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