With all the wide receivers CSR members and Panthers fans have been visualizing coming to Carolina, let's take a look at a known prospect on the teams radar. Cody Latimer the big wide receiver from IU (6' 3" 215lbs.), is someone the Panthers have decided to take a long look at by this tweet from Bill Voth.
Now this could just be another one of the due diligence moves by the scouting department and coaching staff to figure out which pass catchers fit with the team. I say there is more to it than that. Let me show you images from Indiana's pro-day to explain Indiana pro-day images.
Now if you noticed in the images you saw Panthers senior college scout Jeff Morrow was watching Latimer in the images, (Morrow is the scout wearing the brown fleece pull over and blue jeans.) Now take this for what you will but with the news of Latimer being used as one of our 30 visits allowed and senior college scout Morrow in attendance I would look at this to be a serious option for Carolina to use a pick on Latimer in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Some quick notes on Cody Latimer: Indiana Football
Latimer declared for the NFL Draft on Jan. 5, 2014, forgoing his senior season. He became the 21st Hoosier to reach 100 catches and 1,000 yards. Latimer closed out his career tied for fourth in 100-yard games (seventh) and seventh in yardage (2,042) and receptions (135) on Indiana's all-time lists. He made at least one catch in all 32 career games (24 starts).
2013 Honors: Named second team All-Big Ten by the media and honorable mention by the coaches ... ESPN.com, BTN.com, Phil Steele and Athlon second team All-Big Ten selection ... ESPN All-America Player of the Week (Illinois) ... named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List ... Indiana's Anthony Thompson Most Valuable Player.
Next from NFLDRAFTSCOUT, Derek Stephens: Cody Latimer
STRENGTHS: Possesses thick, athletic-looking frame and an impressive speed/agility combination that enable him to separate consistently as a route-runner, and extend plays after the catch both in space and on contact. Flashes soft hands and good coordination when asked to extend and pluck the ball off his frame, and positions his body nicely when adjusting to balls thrown off stride.
Flashes the physicality and initial quickness to develop into a receiver who could beat press coverage at the next level, and is a willing blocker in the running game with room to improve his technique there.
WEAKNESSES: Occasional concentration issues leading to drops. Though Latimer exhibits burst and hip-sink to separate out of cuts, he seems to lack a second gear when asked to pull away vertically and may struggle to consistently threaten the top of the defense. As a route-runner, lacks precision at times as he'll round off his cuts, and he needs to get better at working his way back to the ball on hitches and comeback routes.
Personally I am very intrigued with Latimer and his skill set, especially since he is a former basketball player and still offers a lot of upside and room to grow. I would use Carolina's 3rd round pick on Latimer to bring in more talent to the WR position. Let us know how you feel about Cody Latimer possibly becoming a Carolina Panther in 2014.
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