Latimer still on the board after first round

Cody Latimer was in New York for the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night, but the Indiana wide receiver remained on the draft board when it was over.

Latimer, a second-team All-Big Ten pick in 2013 who entered the draft after his junior season at IU, was projected by several analysts including ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay to be taken in the first round. He was part of what was considered a very deep draft class at wide receiver, however, and fewer of those were taken in the first round than expected.

Clemson’s Sammy Watkins went first among receivers as expected to the Buffalo Bills at No. 4 and Texas A&M’s Mike Evans was taken slightly thereafter by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Louisiana State’s Odell Beckham was taken at No. 12 by the New York Giants and Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks went No. 20 to the Saints, which appeared to make it likely that Latimer would be taken. 

However, no receivers were chosen between No. 20 and 28 with the Philadephia Eagles surprising some by taking defensive end Marcus Smith of Louisville instead of a receiver. The Carolina Panthers were in clear need of a wideout at No. 28 and had shown extensive interest in Latimer, but instead opted to take receiver Kelvin Benjamin of Florida State.

Had Latimer been taken in the first round, he would have been the first IU player taken in the first round of the draft since wide receiver Thomas Lewis was taken by the New York Giants in 1994. He now hopes to become the first IU player taken in the second round since offensive lineman Rodger Saffold in 2010.

7 comments

  1. Good call from Podunker…If my memory serves me correct, he predicted Cody would be a longshot to go in the first round.

    Wow…I heard this bit of draft news/trivia on the radio last night. Is it true that Tom Brady didn’t go until the 6th round of the NFL draft…? I didn’t even know there was a 6th round. I think he was something like the 179th pick.

    How could so many experts be so removed from identifying legendary greatness and natural ability. It’s not what you know that counts..It’s how much you’re part of the politics that go you hired. It’s a mountain of false confidence and arrogance founded in the cronyism that got you the job. It’s the affirmation of your bogus opinions brightened by the ESPN stage light where you get to pretend that what you actually know is worth a hill of beans. Most often it’s incrementally the slightest distance of a positive or negative from that of a novice.

  2. My mistake…Brady was the 199th pick.

    Brady was 16 spots lower in the Draft to the following “energy trader” that went as the next highest QB(173rd pick)in the 2000 NFL Draft:

    Spergon Wynn

    Cleveland Browns

    Wynn was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 6th round (183rd overall) in 2000. Wynn proceeded to play for the Browns in 2000, seeing action in 7 games. including one start – a 48-0 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.[1] With the Browns, Wynn went 22 for 54 (40.7%) passing, for 167 yards, no touchdowns, one interception, and a passer rating of 41.2.

    Amsterdam Admirals

    In the summer of 2001, Wynn was sent to NFL Europe to develop his skills. He started for the Amsterdam Admirals, throwing 14 touchdowns and 2,039 yards.

    Minnesota Vikings

    Following the 2000 season, September 3, 2001, Wynn was traded to the Minnesota Vikings, along with RB Travis Prentice, in exchange for draft picks in the 2002 and 2003 NFL drafts. Wynn was a third string backup to Daunte Culpepper and Todd Bouman in the 2001 and 2002 seasons and played in the last three games of the 2001 season, starting two of them. This was due to season-ending injuries to both Culpepper and Bouman.

    BC Lions

    After his 2002 stint with the Minnesota Vikings, Wynn made his way north to Canada to play for the BC Lions, completing 67 of 99 passes for 894 yards, 6 touchdowns, and one interception. He also rushed for 2 touchdowns and 145 yards on 36 attempts.

    Winnipeg Blue Bombers
    On April 13, 2005, Wynn was acquired by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for a conditional pick in the 2006 CFL Draft.[3]
    Toronto Argonauts[edit]

    Wynn was traded to the Toronto Argonauts on February 22, 2006 for safety Mike Crumb.
    Personal life

    Wynn is currently an energy trader in Houston, Texas. He has a son, Spergon IV.

  3. oops.

    Brady was [26] spots lower in the Draft to the following “energy trader”…

    173(Spergon Wynn)+26 = 199(Brady)

  4. Wonder if Geoff has watched this YouTube clip less than 100 times…? I completely cracked up during the Giovanni Carmazzi segment(begins around the 4:25 mark).

    I’d still take Spergon Wynn over Jay Cutler. I would happily exchange ‘Mr. Zero Energy’ for the energy trader.

  5. H4H- “How could so many experts. . . .” Because judging human beings is one of the most difficult things on Earth. There is only one Judge of us who never errs.

  6. Good memory, Harvard.

    People need to remember that Brady was not even the full-time starter for Michigan throughout his final two years there. He split time with the other good QB on the team, who went on to play baseball, then tried to return to the NFL with Dallas (sorry, don’t remember his name). He also had issues with his head coach at the time, which may have created some concerns. Brady was good in college, but when he was not even the full-time starter, what NFL GM was going to take him as a top pick! Also, Brady was very slender in college (he still is). Back then, there were not as many rules protecting QBs, and a lot of coaches worried he would not survive his first blind-side sack. And had the rules not been changed to protect today’s QBs, Brady would no longer be in the NFL. Compared to the the old time QBs, today’s QBs are as fragile as china dolls.

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