The Denver Broncos lost wide receiver Eric Decker in free agency this past offseason, and they drafted Cody Latimer out of Indiana University in hopes that he could help fill the void that he left.
Latimer saw his draft stock rise extremely fast, and some mock drafts even had him going in the first round. According to reports out of Broncos training camp, Latimer looked very good on his first day.
“Cody Latimer showed no issues with the broken left foot that limited him during OTAs. The rookie receiver caught a long touchdown pass from backup quarterback Brock Osweiler. The play-action pass fooled the safety and Latimer beat first-round pick Bradley Roby down the middle in the broken coverage. “The coaches called a great play,” said Latimer, who ran a 4.45 at the NFL combine with the foot injury and led all receivers with 23 reps on the 225-pound bench press. The Broncos considered him the best blocking receiver in the draft.”
There is no doubt that Latimer has the potential to be something special in the NFL, and he will have Peyton Manning throwing him the football in his rookie season. He was a big play receiver at Indiana, but he also showed the ability to make plays in other areas of the game as well. Denver will likely be using him in the role that Decker had last season, and that will give him the chance to put up big numbers immediately.
Latimer ended up catching 72 receptions for 1,096 yards and nine touchdowns, and was a huge reason for the Hoosiers’ offense having success. He was a leader on and off the field, and it is that character that will help him succeed at the NFL level. There is no denying that he has the ability to make a difference immediately, and having Manning throwing him the football won’t hurt anything either.
Overall, Latimer will be a very intriguing player to keep an eye on this coming season. The Broncos are all in to win a championship this season, and they will need their rookie wide receiver to step up in order for that to happen. Latimer will have the opportunity to play with some very dynamic threats in Demaryius and Julius Thomas, and could end up learning some things as well.