According to Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows, the San Francisco 49ers will be sending out wide receivers coach John Morton today to watch Indiana WR Cody Latimer’s private workout. Latimer who’s draft stock had sky-rocketed after his impressive pro day as he had measurables that included a sub 4.4 second 40-yard dash and 39-inch vertical, while being the top performer on the bench press at the NFL scouting combine with 23 reps, you can see where his value lies. And with Morton making the trip to Indiana it will mark the third time in four years that the 49ers brought in a position coach to attend a player’s private workout as QB Colin Kaepernick and DE Tank Carradine were the first and would end up being second-round picks.
In addition to Latimer’s measurables, it’s his big bodied frame that makes him a hot commodity. At 6-2 and 215 pounds, Latimer would easily become the biggest wide receiver target for QB Colin Kaepernick. An offense that failed to score touchdowns in the red zone last year, Latimer’s basketball frame would allow Kaepernick to throw it up much like an “alley-oop” and let Latimer post-up and catch the ball at it’s highest point. Not to mention, Latimer has a rare combination of both violent and soft hands to not only defeat press coverage but also make the tough catch away from his body, especially with his 32 5/8 wingspan.
But why did I make the basketball comparison with Latimer catching passes in the red zone? Well, he was a prep High School Basketball star at Jefferson Township (H.S.) and posting up and boxing out is simply fundamentals, so there’s no question that Latimer will take advantage of that skill set. A high character player with great work ethic in the weight room and film study while also being a solid blocker in the running game, you can see why GM Trent Baalke likes him. Last year, the 49ers drafted WR Quinton Patton in the fourth-round in part because he was a great run blocker, and Latimer is no different.
A west coast offense wide receiver, do not be surprised if the 49ers stay pat at No. 30 to take the Indiana product. In 2013, Latimer racked up 72 catches for 1,096 receiving yards (15.9 average) and nine touchdowns. However, with Latimer’s stock quickly rising much like last year’s CB D.J. Hayden after his impressive pro day, they may need to trade up as the Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, New York Giants, and Carolina Panthers all held pre-draft visits with him.
Top 30 Pre-Draft Visits
Interview after Pro Day
SS Shamiel Gary (Oklahoma State) w/Regional Scout Bob Morris
WR Mike Evans (Texas A&M) w/Director of College Scouting Matt Malaspina
WR Odell Beckham (LSU) w/Regional Scout Bob Morris
QB Jimmy Garoppolo (Eastern Illinois) w/HC Jim Harbaugh
WR Cody Latimer (Indiana) w/WR Coach John Morton
Dinner w/GM Trent Baalke