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Pittsburgh Steelers Pre-Draft Visitor Indiana Wide Receiver Cody Latimer

April 29th, 2014 at 9:14 PM
By Mark Mihalko

With less than a little over a week away, fans in and around the city continue to debate what direction the Pittsburgh Steelers should take first round: cornerback or wide receiver. While one can make the case for the team to go in either direction, there is no perfect answer. Honestly, a trade down scenario may be the best case fans could hope for. If that were the case, wide receiver Cody Latimer from Indiana could be an intriguing option.

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One of the last reported prospects to meet with the Steelers, Latimer has been a late riser in this draft process. At 6-3, 215-pounds, Latimer has the size that the team has been rumored to covet throughout this pre-draft process. On top of that, his timed 4.44 speed would allow him to stretch the field vertically.

A physical receiver, Latimer couples his size, speed, and agility with consistent routes, making him a match-up problem on the outside. Soft hands, he does a great job at adjusting to and snatching the ball in traffic. He does come with some questions with concentration and overall fluidity; items that initially pushed him down draft boards early in the process. However, after an impressive Pro Day, he has garnered more attention and the tape was solid. In 2013, he recorded 72 receptions for 1,096 yards and nine touchdowns for the Hoosiers with five 100-yard games.

It is unlikely Latimer would be the Steelers target at number 15. However, if they can pull off a draft day trade down, he could be an option late in the first round. If they like him, they will have to grab him, he will probably be off the board when they pick in the second round.

Pre-Draft Visitors/ Prospect Profiles

Cornerbacks (7)

Arizona cornerback Shaquille Richardson (Profile 3/28)

Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard (Profile 3/29)

TCU cornerback Jason Verrett (Profile 4/6)

Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby (Profile 4/10)

Rice cornerback Phillip Gaines (Profile 4/17)

Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert (Profile 2/15)

Duke cornerback Ross Cockrell (Profile 4/28)

Wide Receivers (8)

Pittsburg State wide receiver John Brown (Profile 3/31)

Mississippi wide receiver Dante Moncrief (Profile 4/3)

South Carolina wide receiver Bruce Ellington (Profile 4/5)

Clemson wide receiver Martavis Bryant (Profile 4/7)

Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (Profile 2/5)

Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans (Profile 2/6)

Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson (Profile 2/16)

Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer (Profile 4/29)

Running Backs (2)

Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk (Profile 4/1)

Georgia Southern running back Jerick McKinnon (Profile 4/26)

Safety (3)

Louisville safety Calvin Pryor (Profile 4/8)

Minnesota safety Brock Vereen (Profile 4/8)

Washington State safety Deone Bucannon (Profile 4/13)

Linebackers (8)

Arizona State outside linebacker/defensive end Carl Bradford (Profile 4/12)

Boston College linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis (Profile 4/14)

UCLA linebacker Jordan Zumwalt (Profile 4/15)

Auburn outside linebacker/defensive end Dee Ford (Profile 2/16)

Texas outside linebacker/defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat (Profile 4/21)

Oregon State outside linebacker / defensive end Scott Crichton (Profile 4/23)

UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr (Profile 4/24)

Ohio State outside linebacker Ryan Shazier (Profile 4/24)

Defensive Linemen (4)

Minnesota defensive end Ra’Shede Hageman (Profile 4/19)

Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt (Profile 4/20)

Notre Dame nose tackle Louis Nix (Profile 2/7)

Wisconsin nose tackle Beau Allen (Profile 4/22)

Tight Ends (2)

North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron (Profile 2/9)

Massachusetts tight end Rob Blanchflower (Profile 4/26)


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