Indiana Hoosiers wide receiver prospect Cody Latimer could be one of the fastest risers in the 2014 NFL Draft, and he has all the tools to be a No. 1 wide receiver in this league. Initially projected as a third-round pick, Latimer is now a sure-fire second-round pick due to strong workouts and greater intrigue in him as a prospect. Teams and analysts have looked back on his tape with a greater appreciation for his athleticism, deadly size/speed combination, and also found that he has more polish than initially expected. In fact, there are rumors that Latimer could be picked in the first round, with the Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks looking like potential suitors. I wouldn’t take Latimer in the first, but it’s a legitimate possibility at this point.
Latimer’s recent workout was one of the most well-visited by teams around the league, and he’s received plenty of private workouts, visits, and interest in the pre-draft season. Not only do the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers seem to have significant interest (the Eagles seem to be very high on him) in Latimer, but the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that the Ravens sent former Seahawks WR and current WRs coach Bobby Engram to work out Latimer on Friday. Following that workout, Latimer spent the weekend visiting the Ravens organization.
The Ravens had an excellent free-agent period on offense after re-signing star left tackle Eugene Monroe and tight end Dennis Pitta, and they also gave Joe Flacco a fully legitimate No. 2 receiver in veteran Steve Smith. Torrey and Steve Smith will combine to form a talented starting duo of wideouts, but the Ravens still have interest in adding more talent at a position that also includes Jacoby Jones and Marlon Brown. Offensive tackle seems to be their biggest need on paper with right tackle vacant, and they figure to address that need in the first. But if Latimer is still there in the second round, then he looks like a great fit for the Ravens.