Ravens draft primer: Cody Latimer

With 12 days until the NFL draft begins, here is another potential draft prospect for the Baltimore Ravens:


Position: Wide receiver

School: Indiana

Height/weight: 6-foot-2, 215

Round projection: First or second

File this away: No Indiana University player has been drafted in the first round in 19 years. The last was wide receiver Thomas Lewis, the 24th overall pick who went to the New York Giants.

Good: The fastest-rising wide receiver prospect is Latimer. He received a third-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Committee when he declared for the draft in January. Now, he's considered a top-5o prospect. What has caused him to soar up draft boards? He bench-pressed 225 pounds 23 times, the most by a wide receiver at the NFL combine. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds at his private workout. Latimer has great size, toughness and instincts. He has sure hands and good leaping ability.

Bad: Even though he posted an impressive 40 time, he lacked that extra gear to separate on vertical routes when you watched him on film. He isn't elusive after the catch, which is why he's projected by some to be a possession-type receiver. Latimer is still learning the game. He didn't play football until his junior season of high school, which means he has played just five seasons of organized football. Latimer had surgery on his left foot in mid-January.

Bottom line: The Ravens aren't looking at Latimer at No. 17, but he would be a steal in the second round. This would be similar to 2011, when wide receiver Torrey Smith slipped to the Ravens in the second round. Does Latimer have a chance of being there at No. 48 overall? Many have linked him to the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 22 because Chip Kelly was the only head coach to attend his pro day. The Ravens are interested in Latimer. They had a coach in attendance at his pro day and held a private workout with him.

What Latimer said: "[Basketball] was my first love. It's crazy how it worked out. But basketball helped me get more athletic, by jumping around to make plays. You've got to have strong hands and be more physical when attacking the basket. That helped me transition to football."

Here is a recap of the prospects already profiled:

Quarterback: Jimmy Garoppolo.

Running back: Carlos Hyde.

Wide receiver: Mike Evans, Kelvin Benjamin, Martavis Bryant.

Tight end: Jace Amaro, Eric Ebron.

Offensive line: Joel Bitonio, Cyrus Kouandjio.

Defensive tackle: Dominique Easley, Ra'Shede Hageman, Timmy Jernigan.

Cornerback: Bashuad Breeland.

Safety: Terrence Brooks, Deone Bucannon, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.