Latimer taken No. 56 by the Denver Broncos

Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer was one of the last players left in the green room, but he was eventually taken in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday night at pick No. 56 overall by the Denver Broncos. The second team All-Big Ten pick joins Peyton Manning’s wide receiver corps.

More to come, we hope.

49 comments

  1. Congrats Cody Latimer! Lots of know-it-alls on this blog said you had no chance of getting drafted in the first 3 rounds of the NFL Draft. Now – after being drafted in Rd 2 (56th pick overall) – you’ll be catching passes from Peyton Manning! Knock’em dead kid!

  2. I absolutely do not see Latimer’s ‘slide’ talked about here, Dustin Dopirak. The committee that ‘advises’ on draft status suggested it may round three a couple of months ago; some (a few) hyperventilated it may be ‘towards the bottom’ of round one.

    The draft has its own energy. Teams have ‘needs’ and players are selected on the balance between those needs and the players available to meet them. It’s called the ‘fit’. That’s why scouts attend games, watch hours and hours of film, many are selected to attend the ‘combine’ to filter and match their employer’s needs, reconciling opinions into the selection.

    SO…teams select for 22+ positions. Divide 56/22 and you get the reality of Latimer’s worth and his potential. The league is drafting more than 300 of the best players available in 2014. Latimer’s accomplishment is indeed admirable. To describe it as ‘slid’ totally diminishes its true worth out of context.

    Reviewing Latimer’s place in the draft, he actually slid ‘upwards’ from the first speculations of third round to second round; a thirty (plus or minus) place jump. And, while there were some excited ‘rumors’ that he “could go as high as the (‘back end’) of the first round…”, his accomplishment is laudable enough indeed. Hopefully, Indiana will continue to turn out players like Latimer, even if it is to the disbelief of some media.

  3. Congratulations, Cody! I personally hoped you’d slide about five more spots to the Colts, but (after the Rams) the Broncos were my next selfish choice. Peyton knows how to work with his receivers and you’ll have one of the best ever throwing to you before you really start to hit your prime. Playing on a Super Bowl contende/favorite with a plethora of receiving options to allow you to develop without the “everything hinges on Cody” pressure? (Sorry, Harv. Had to do it.) That’s just about the best possible spot for you to land. Very exciting.

  4. I loved that this year the NFL allowed players to pick their intro music when they got drafted– similar to the “walk-up” music in baseball when a hitter takes the plate. Couldn’t hear a lot of them, but I thought it was hilarious that one draftee (can’t remember who) played Katie Perry’s “Firework” as he strolled on stage. Classic.

    It gets me thinking, though. What would I play? I’m partial to theme songs, and I’m leaning towards Sanford & Son, though Golden Girls or maybe Shaft wouldn’t be a bad selection either. How ’bout you guys?

  5. The Broncos love strong, technically sound white guy wide receivers, and they tend to do well there. Cody should continue the Ed McCaffrey, Eric Decker, Brandon Stokely tradition well.

    With this new weapon, the Broncos may be able to close the gap with the Seahawks to where they only lose by two touchdowns instead of 5!!!!

  6. I too think CL slid a little in this draft. Most teams, even run the oriented teams don’t put enough emphasis on WR’s that can block well down field. Cody is the best blocker of all the WR’s in this draft. A detail Elway would not miss and values. For a pass oriented team like the Boncs they must have down field blocking from their WR’s for their run game to be respected so the pass action air assault can be effective. Elway also was embarrassed to see his DL-OL were manhandled in the SB and he has taken positive action to improve them both.

    TTG, With the advent of the nickel D over the last 2+ decades the 22 positions is probably now 23; although I admit it is tough playing 12 at a time w/o being noticed.

  7. Cody, congrats on being selected by the Broncos! What an opportunity to work with Peyton! May you have a long and profitable career in the NFL.

  8. Pretty sure this is a “white guy.”

    Punjab-

    I would use this is my intro music/Draft song(in honor of Seahawk Tom’s average “white” and serviceable Cody).

  9. If only Latimer could have been picked by the Seahawks…He could have brought back ‘jive turkey’ moves and the ubber-liberal Seattle fro comb.

  10. My first thought after hearing Cody Latimer was drafted by Denver was, “Cody just won the wide-receiver lottery!” I could not imagine a better situation for him to be drafted into, and I am delighted for the young man. Playing with Peyton Manning will accelerate his professional development, he’ll probably be a starter in week one, and he’s likely to experience the playoffs in is rookie year. He may even have a shot at becoming rookie of the year if he stays healthy. I am delighted for this young man.

    I also think this is a great shot in the arm for IU football. Go Hoosiers!

  11. HC- agree about the importance of WR blocking, but that goes for ANY team. That’s why I have said that James Hardy was a great receiver, but not so good a football player.

  12. What difference does race have to do with anything? Why even make reference to that? It’s not an issue in the NFL and should not be an issue in American society. Talent, character, work ethic, toughness, determination, integrity, passion, perseverance and intelligence (among other attributes) are what really matter. And obviously the Denver Broncos believe Cody Latimer possesses those attributes in abundance.

    The scrutiny that the young men drafted in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft go through is probably as intense and thorough as any other evaluation process found in American society. The NFL is a meritocracy and Cody Latimer just passed a big test. I am delighted for him and his family.

  13. Wow, now I’ve made ignoramus comments before, but the one about Latimer being a white guy tops them all… how embarrassing! Having not watched a Hoosier football game in a few years, it was inconceivable to me that someone named “Cody” could be anything but a white evangelical Christian.

    I’ll disappear for a while and check my facts before i post in the future…in the meantime GO HAWKS!

  14. Davis, I am sorry but EVERY team does not have WR’s who can/do block for their running game. Check out Buffalo, Tampa Bay, Oakland and even the Dallas Darlings block only about 35% of the time since Parcells was there.

    Po, You’re damned sensitive. Tom was listing present and past WR’s of Bronco distinction(who were white)he thought CL could emulate. There was no issue in Tom’s post until you tried to make 1. He was wrong about 1 fact which has posted about in #17.

  15. 7. The “ain’t get anymore white evangelical Christian than this son of a Giant Christian” Cody.

  16. 5. The “son of a third-generation Kentuckian snake handler” Cody.(note: This is my favorite)

  17. HC, I simply asked a question. Why raise the issue at all? Funny that anyone is suggesting that I’m “damned sensitive” about anything. That made me chuckle.

    The majority of my post was a compliment to a fine young Hoosier athlete who I am hopeful will go on to do great things in the NFL. That was the emphasis.

  18. And why was Jordy Hulls constantly referred to as a slow “white guy” on this blog? Why is his skin color an issue (especially when attached to other negative connotations)?

    And why don’t I recall Podunker never taking exception to such references made by the resident basketball experts?

    I tend to believe it’s a way some “white guys” more from the world of academia attempt to assimilate their own limited athletic ceilings onto high school/college players that otherwise have similar exterior characteristics. It’s simply a form of raw and childish jealousy transposed onto a likeness.

    It’s also a cheap way of clinging to the laws of averages to diminish those that live in a world of effort before excuses.

    It may lastly be a way to act as if you’re doing your minuscule part to fight indoctrinated racism within your world of academia(perpetuated by the institutionalized poverty and lack of job/educational opportunity in most of the forgotten inner cities and stagnant economic areas heavily populated by African Americans)by mocking those you’d like to believe get the same advantages in the sports world. Beat up on the “white guy” athlete to justify and alleviate some of the guilt for the decades of institutionalized racism in the American education systems that supported your own Establishment advantages.

    At the end of the day, I think it’s mostly jealousy. It’s just a way to feel better about the guy in the mirror that used his own skin color for an excuse. And the truth in racism is that it really hinges on the idea of ‘excuses’ rather than allowing/relying on all other things relatively equal(true access, opportunity, and honest effort).

  19. ^^^partially white, but not sure if it’s a Siberian evangelical Christian Cody. I doubt it because the intelligence seems to be of a higher order. The eyes also look rather satanic(sorta bleached in the style of those vampires you see in movies).

  20. 1. (drumroll) Yes, there are mountains in Baltimore!…I give you “Mount Cody!”(aka “Cheeseburger Cody”).

    At the NFL Combine, Cody weighed in at 354 pounds (161 kg), making him the heaviest combine participant since Aaron Gibson in 1999.

    This behemoth is cut to the exacting standards of Dr. Podunker’s football laboratory jello mold! Not sure if his arteries are filled with enough oxygenated evangelical Christian blood. My guess is that the opponents run attack isn’t the only thing clogged up.

  21. Harvard I gave post #27 my best shot, by I just can’t make sense of it. For a post that seems to criticize academics and academia, it sure is jargony and high-fallutin’ ( is there a psychoanalitic transference theory in there somewhere?)

    Nice work on digging up Cody Pickett. Maybe that’s where I first was indoctrinated by the idea that all Codies are white evangelical Christian kids. Same holds true for Connors, Coreys, Cases (and Caseys), and Carters.

    If you remember, though, once you get into the B names, the demographic shifts more towards white Scandinavian-American Wisconsin basketball players.

  22. #27 in a nutshell: Donald Sterling likely refers to the ten Scandinavian-American Wisconsin basketball players currently in the NBA as the “slow white guys” that can sit next to his girlfriend/housekeeper/mistress/dog walker/hair stylist/massage therapist/personal Clipper’s chauffeur with nice cheek bones/eye candy/clutch bag/popcorn holder/designated nose hair trimmer that also does ear wax twice a month/hoochi for Gucci.

    Hmmm? Ben Brust…? We have a Ben that’s on Scoop. You may be on to something.

  23. Hey, good news everybody! HfH knows “the truth in racism.” Now that he has settled it, let’s focus on IU sports.

    I’d apologize for touching on the subject, but then again, is there any subject that won’t send H4H into one of his infamous nonsensical rants?

  24. Isn’t it Ben Bohannon, or a Butch Benjamin… or wait, Brent Bentley… man it’s so confusing. Then there was that coach Ben Bielema….

  25. We all are waiting for the moment when Harvard cuts off his nipple and sends it in a box to the HT Staff along with a $20 Trojan Horse gift certificate.

    “”What am I a Cassandra? That machine came for us, and one by one…”

  26. Po, “What difference does race have to do with anything”? “Why even make reference to that”? You should of stayed mute. You and I would not presently be having this square off if you had kept your mouth shut.

  27. Double Down, Ginsburg was hysterical this episode. (Obviously, that’s true in a literal sense, but you get the point.) The scene in Peggy’s apartment was priceless.

  28. DD, the payoff with Ginsberg going bananas was well worth it. The language used in the best lines in Peggy’s apartment are likely beyond the limits of this family blog here, but I was rolling. Seeing him try to read their lips like Hal from 2001 in the computer room, yet totally getting it completely wrong, was fantastic.

  29. Top 10 ways to sheer off a Harvard nipple:

    10. long-handled tree branch trimmer
    9. fishing line knotted tightly to nipple. Other end tied to 2nd floor balcony railing. Jump off balcony.
    8. Milwaukee cable cutter
    7. OXO Good GripsĀ® Stainless Steel Mandoline Slicer
    6. tuna can lid
    5. a drunken stumble during a shirtless escalator accident
    4. Nipsey Russell using a Stanley knife while performing “If I Could Feel” from The Wiz.
    3. tile cutter
    2. something involving a light pole and subzero temps
    1. peanut butter and a jackal named Ben

  30. Double Down, and with two pieces of paper stuck in his ears. He hasn’t had one line all season that hasn’t been awkward and hysterical really, The moment when he refuses to give up the couch in the creative department is another one of my favorites.

  31. This little divergence reminds me of Jerry Tarkanian’s comment regarding Steve Alford’s foot speed (paraphrased).

    “He’s a lot quicker than he looks but…then…white guys always are.”

  32. Who would have thunked a Bob Knight team could put up 97 points and run with the Runnin’ Rebels? And Alford sealed the victory at the free throw line. UNVL threw up 35 3-pt attempts…

    But let’s remember(as paraphrased from expert IU basketball historian, Fred Glass)…”Knight’s teams were never Hurryin’ Hoosiers….That’s a Tom Crean thing.”

  33. Harvard, that was the irony of all the fuss about ‘running (and the newly discovered Hurrying Hoosiers) vs what some viewed as ‘stalling’ in the motion offense. You are right, when the ignorant thought Indiana would be run over by Tarkanian’s UNLV running, I remember BK laughing when it was suggested pre-game.

    “We’ll just run and out run them,” he said. “I’m going to enjoy this’, he grinned.

    So, Indiana ran…and ran some more. Knight’s man-to-man defense was simple. You take away (with your defenders)the opponents #1 guy (Gilliam if I recall), and then you take away their #2 guy and, if well matched, you take away their #3 guy…force them to focus their offense to their #4 guy (a kid named Wade) with the freedom to miss. Alford was laying nearly two yards off him and Wade missed…and missed an…d missed; but the defense made sure he could not do what he was good at…passing on the run, by overplaying and taking away passing lanes.

    Alford did what he was supposed to do. Here’s the account of the game (WaPo):

    …”And the luckless Wade was zero for five until his final, pressureless effort with six seconds left. By that time, Indiana’s Bob Knight was relaxing.

    “He was on his best behavior, reasonably quiet and within the coach’s box the entire game. He even fussed at Alford and Wade to stop talking trash at each other and concentrate on the game…

    This is what Knight’s offense did to poor unlv:

    …”Since lesser coaches have been publicly scolded here for stalling too soon late in the game, perhaps a small slap ought to be directed toward Knight for similar tactics near the end. (Another scribe who does not understand that it is not stalling but ‘creating safe shots’.

    “Indiana missed a couple of bonus free throws and turned the ball over once to a half-court trap. But Alford and reserve Joe Hillman were bright enough twice to call time when caught in a jam.

    “UNLV left with a Knightmare and a nightmare. The Indiana coach ran an offensive clinic. And his gamble that Wade’s brilliant passing would be offset by his erratic shooting got him the chance at college basketball’s biggest pot.

    Most do not understand that the key to Knights offense was not only the pass…pass…pass, but that the constant motion also required (and got if you wanted to play for Bob Knight)the pick…pick…pick that created the 80% shots he would tolerate anyone taking. was more like protecting the QB in the motion for Alford’s jumper”

    Even Tarkanian, one of Knight’s most liked adversaries broke into a grin, broke into a smile, “that9 the motion + pick) was more like protecting the QB for Alford’s jumper”.

  34. So much of the game is mental. I’m not sure if there’s been many better than Knight at simply exuding a level of confidence into his team. I tend to believe it was far less to do with fear(the often easy and lazy stereotypes that want to paint him as nothing but a tyrant), but more a confidence that resided in a team prepared and fully comfortable they had the best mind for the game going into each crucial stanza/timeout/scenario/contest.

    All of the analysis is fine, but I wonder if it makes too much of the application of everything he taught. I simply believe that the mere fact that Knight had such a breadth of basketball IQ/ideas and the ability to recognize so much on the floor(employ counterattacking strategies), it breathed belief and calm into the entire teams’ persona/identity.

    Teaching and implementing all the intricacies of the game created a passion beyond the individual. It took pressure of the “I must perform” and unified all as part of a bigger purpose. It became a true transcending experience that merged classroom into a symphony of hoops. Every player up and down the roster felt part of the total score and whatever style was needed brought forth a new concerto. It wasn’t merely knowing how to individually play and express talent, but to make something of each game into the most natural merging of knowledge, practice, and talent into a winning composition.

    Knight was not nearly as “hands on” and “drill sergeant master” during a game as Tom Crean. There was very little need. He would get up from the chair to manage more the officials than his players. To manage his team during a contest would be far too late for all the elements of belief, knowledge, and composition to merge.

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