Eagles Do Their Homework On WR Latimer

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The Eagles don’t seem to mind the draft being pushed back this year. With the annual event less than two weeks away, the coaching staff and personnel team continue to do their homework on 2014 prospects.

Most recently, Chip Kelly, Pat Shurmur and wide receivers coach Bob Bicknell stopped by to attend the workout of Indiana pass-catcher Cody Latimer:

Per NFL.com's Gil Brandt, Kelly was the only head coach in attendance.

At 6-2, 215, Latimer has a unique size/speed combination:

Keep in mind that Latimer did not work out at the combine because he was recovering from foot surgery. The numbers above are from his Pro Day, where prospects generally tend to perform better.

But there's plenty to like about Latimer. He caught 72 balls for 1,096 yards and nine touchdowns last year. Latimer does a good job of using his size to make plays on the football, he displays excellent body control, and he's one of the best blocking wide receivers in the class.

There are reasons, however, why I have a difficult time believing he'd garner serious consideration at No. 22. In the games I watched, Latimer was used almost exclusively on the outside. He has no experience as a returner and has not shown the versatility that Kelly seems to covet.

Having said that, perhaps one of the reasons the Eagles are doing their homework on Latimer (they also had him in for an official visit) is because they think he can be used differently at the professional level.

There's little doubt in my mind that the Eagles like Latimer. But at this point, I'd be surprised if they saw him as a better option than guys like USC's Marqise Lee, LSU's Odell Beckham, Jr. and Oregon State's Brandin Cooks.

On Monday, we'll release our rankings of how all the top-tier (first and second round) receivers stack up as potential fits for the Eagles.

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  • DirtyWaters

    I thought you said, “I’m all right, spider-graph.”

    • ACViking

      No, you’re not alright, Spider-graph . . . Dance!!!

  • Bullwinkle

    Perhaps they look at him as a possible 2nd round opportunity with the 1st round going to a defensive player, depending on the BPA. I think Latimer is a well above average athlete with lots of potential.

    • Eagles1018

      I’d love Latimer, ODB or Cooks. Not sure how I feel about Lee. But if the Eagles keep the 22nd I’d say BPA for defense or one of these guys. It makes sense with their lack of picks to trade back (if 2 of the 3 1st round WRs are still on the board) and roll the dice on one of them (ie trade with SF for 2 of their picks…hopefully their 1st included). But the scary thing is, the way Latimer is creeping up the board I don’t see him being there at 54 (or even past 32)

      • Neanderthal

        We all fall into this trap. Creeping up whose board?
        All these draft boards are by guesses like us. No nfl team has published its board. ( where are you JJ). When players rise or fall two weeks before draft it is guessers changing their guesses. When they rise or fall on draft day it is guessers being wrong.

      • Warhound

        The Niners pick 30, 94 and 170 would be a little less in value than the 22nd pick. By straight chart value the Eagles could get all 3 of the 7th rounders as well.

        Niners Picks
        1. First round – No. 30 overall
        2. Second round – No. 56 overall (from the Kansas City Chiefs)
        3. Second round – No. 61 overall
        4. Third round – No. 77 overall (from the Tennessee Titans)
        5. Third round – No. 94 overall
        6. Third round – No. 100 overall (compensatory)
        7. Fourth round – No. 129 overall
        8. Fifth round – No. 170 overall
        9. Seventh round – No. 242 overall (from the New Orleans Saints)
        10. Seventh round – No. 243 overall (from the Carolina Panthers)
        11. Seventh round – No. 245 overall

        Anybody else envious?

        • Eagles1018

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    • travis papa

      I think your right on or atleast a trade back to the middle of the 2nd.

      • Dante Inked UP Lovings

        He will probably be gone in late first or early second. If Eagles want him they probably gonna have to trade up if they past on him at 22 cuz he’s hot rising quickly

    • myeaglescantwin

      yessssssir.

      Say, if they were to trade back, they could pick up another draft pic and have 3 picks in the first two rounds.

      hell even if they were able to pick up 2 additional 2nd rounders.

  • DetmerWonAHeisman

    If we were drafting spider graphs I’d be happy with him at 22. But I agree with Bwinkle that 2nd round is probably where he will get drafted by someone.

  • Joe L

    I don’t think he’s a realistic option at 22, but more so if they trade back in the first.

  • cliff henny

    Latimer makes me nervous. I don’t mind guys jumping a round, but he’s gone from a steady 5th/6th rdr to 1st/2nd since pads have been taken off. that’s a heck of a jump.

    • ohitsdom

      Jumped for who, though? The media, sure. Not teams. If a scout bumped a prospect from even the 4th round to 1st/2nd AFTER the season was over, I don’t think they’d be a very good scout.

      • Andy124

        Good point. It’s not like we knew how teams valued him before and now. Only what the media is guessing. Still makes me nervous though.

      • cliff henny

        sure, specifically cbssports.com. they have/had full board updated weekly, includes underclassmen. there’s going to be riser and fallers, like Lane Johnson, he skyrocketed during padless season. as I said, a little doesnt bother me. but 3 or 4 rounds? that’s a lot. nervous, not table flipping mad if taken early 2nd in tradeback. trust Kelly knows what he needs

        • Jerry Pomroy

          Dom has a point though. As Louis Riddick has stated numerous times, media & mock draftees usually peg players by rounds. NFL scouting departments evaluate rank by position and rank overall. Not what round they should be selected. Plus some teams just value different attributes and skill sets more than others. It’s not unusual for lesser known talents to become rated higher once they’ve been looked at closer and then evaluated against the other positional players.

          • JofreyRice

            right, and Kelly’s probably only really started really studying these guys since the Eagles season ended. So his take is going to shake up whatever the personnel department has put together.

            I watched the Michigan State cutup for Lattimer. He catches a fade against Dennard for a TD, but mostly his blocking is on display. I can’t say he looks all that great to me, but they must like something in what they’re seeing. Apparently the 49ers had him run *their* routes for like an hour and a half, too. This guy’s going to know half the WR routes in the NFL by the time the draft gets here.

          • Maggie

            Maybe with his wealth of knowledge about all those routes he should be converted to DB! ;-D

          • Jerry Pomroy

            What he is, is a complete receiver. He’s not just a splash in the pan that’s just gonna make the highlight reel 50yd catch & disappear. He does the little things well consistently and then can break one over the top as well or muscle the ball away in the end zone. I see a very good receiver in the making. Some guys get labeled either being a deep threat, a possession receiver or a big bodied & strong RZ target. This guy can do all three well, without the scale being tipped too far in favor of another aspect of the game. That’s a great base to build a high quality pro receiver from. He reminds me a little of Kutztown alum, Allentown native and Bills HOFer Andre Reed. Just a good all around, hard working receiver that didn’t just excel at one aspect of the game.

      • Maggie

        Was briefly watching some late mock draft on NFL Network Friday night, after the news about Chip being at Latimer’s workout. The same people who had picked Benjamin at #22 suddenly decided that it MUST be Latimer at #22 now. Seems that maybe the “experts” are as fickle as the fans. ;~)

    • Kev_H

      I generally don’t think the media knows what they are talking about beyond the most easy things. Even in this blog, they don’t or rarely address, or haven’t yet, anything beyond the second round. Here’s an example, switch schools for Latimore and Benjamin and who would the media be talking about the most? The weird thing is that a guy who has success on a weaker team is actually more impressive.

      A guy like Foles was able to play well under tough conditions versus good ol’ Bobby Hoying who had 3 of his skill players (Terry Glenn, Rickey Dudley, and Eddie George) picked in the first 14 picks. Which guy projects better? So, Latimore “climbing the boards” just might mean that media-types are getting around to looking at him.

      • cliff henny

        in Lat’s case, might be true, cause he has decent numbers. yup, it’s double edge sword, cause the same reason I don’t trust ‘bama defender (playing next to all 5-star athlete-times you look better than you are), standing out when playing next to none should be a credit. also, the ghost of mike mamula still haunts me.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      I think he was rated as going that late more so due to his injured foot and not being able to compete at the combine. His stock rose after he was able to perform in drills and people saw that 40 time he posted recovering from the injury.

      He’s a solid and well rounded player that does everything well. That’s a very good base from which to start entering the pros, as he’ll transition quicker and be able to improve faster.

  • Will

    Round 2 Pick 5 (ATL): Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State (B)
    Round 2 Pick 22: Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech (B+)
    Round 3 Pick 12 (DET): Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State (A)
    Round 3 Pick 32 (MINN): Keith McGill, CB, Utah (A)
    Round 4 Pick 22: Andre Williams, RB, Boston College (C+)
    Round 5 Pick 8 (MINN): Chris Boswell, K, Rice (C+)
    Round 5 Pick 26 (IND): Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers (A)
    Round 6 Pick 2 (WASH): Deandre Coleman, DT, California (C+)
    Round 6 Pick 27 (IND): Brandon Thomas, OG, Clemson (D+)
    Round 7 Pick 22: L’Damian Washington, WR, Missouri (C)

    • Joe L

      Someone is getting a steal in Brandon Thomas this year.

      • Will

        Hopefully Brandon’s knee heals up for next year..

    • cloisterwater

      What is this?

      • Will

        First-pick.com

        • SuM

          I gave it a shot…. fun little tool, but not so realistic.

          Your Picks:
          Round 1 Pick 8 (MINN): Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo (A)
          Round 2 Pick 32 (SEA): Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State (A)
          Round 3 Pick 23 (K.C.): Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State (A)
          Round 4 Pick 22: Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee (A)
          Round 5 Pick 22: Bennett Jackson, CB, Notre Dame (B+)
          Round 5 Pick 32 (SEA): Anthony Fera, K, Texas (B-)
          Round 6 Pick 24 (K.C.): Ryan Carrethers, DT, Arkansas State (B+)
          Round 6 Pick 32 (SEA): Aaron Lynch, DE, South Florida (B+)
          Round 7 Pick 22: De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon (B)
          Round 7 Pick 30 (S.F.): Cody Hoffman, WR, Brigham Young (B)

  • #1GeagleFan

    At this early stage of Chip’s reign the fans and the media are kinda left to read the tea leaves on everything he says…. and i think with the “versatile player” line that we keep bringing up can actually have more than one meaning: it could mean that he likes players who play multiple positions, or it could mean that he likes players that do multiple things at their position. So if its WR we’re talking about, i think that a WR could be versatile if they catch, block, etc or a RB that can’t catch wouldn’t be versatile…. so Latimer, to me, seems pretty versatile as a WR, where someone like DJax doesn’t

    • Jerry Pomroy

      I’d have to agree with that statement as far as versatility. It’s not just how many positions or places they can play, but also how many skills they do well that make them versatile.

      One thing I notice when looking at Latimer is that he’s a very well rounded receiver skill-wise. He can stretch the field, muscle a ball away in traffic, take a screen pass for 10-15yds, be a deep threat, etc. Basically he can perform very well at all three levels of the offense (short, intermediate & deep), plus I saw a number of blocks he made that sprung his teammates open for good gains and TDs. He could be a very “versatile” piece to add because you don’t have to gameplan around a weakness of his, because he really doesn’t have any.

      • Maggie

        Noticed his spider looks more like an umbrella. Almost consistent all the way around. Perhaps no outstanding facet but no glaring weakness either.

        • Jerry Pomroy

          Nope and that shows on game tape as well. Mr. Consistency. No glaring flaws with the scales tipped far in favor of another trait/skill. You wanna stretch the field? Yup, he can do that. You wanna hit the quick 10yd strike in traffic? Yup, he can do that. You wanna seal off the safety for your RB? yup, he can do that. You wanna safety valve possession type receiver to move the chains ? Yup, he can do that too.

          I think they’d like to utilize him in the manner that Sheil laid out a while back for after we traded for Arrelious Benn.

  • thompsontime

    I like this kid but only past the first round. I just hope that IF ODB is at 22 we take him. If we move back to late first early second then this guy might be in play for us

  • Jerry Pomroy

    Sheil… Will you also be stack ranking your picks for fits for the Birds at OLB? Those are most definitely the two highest anticipated positions to be addressed in this draft and it would be nice to see where you and Tim see both positions and players as fits.

  • Malcolm Jones

    The versatility is the same as Zach Ertz Versatility, He can play the slot or the Outside. He is also versatile in that he can block, take the top off the defense, he is a pretty good route runner, and a pretty good blocker. With the pieces we have and Latimer, we would be able to use Maclin, Sproles, Latimer, or Ertz in the slot or we could put Latimer, Maclin, Ertz or cooper on the outside.The versatility is also being able to put our guys any where on the field to create mismatches without missing a beat. Any of our guys could play the middle or outside. With Shady and Sproles, it makes it even tougher to pick your poison. Imagine if Benn gets healthy and he, Ertz, Celek, and Latimer are out there….I want to see Seattle handle that.

  • Sean Stone

    No way latimer makes it to 54.he wont see the 2nd rd.