Draft chatter: WR Latimer has caught Ravens' eye

Draft chatter: WR Latimer has caught Ravens' eye
April 22, 2014, 8:15 am
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The draft stock of Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer has risen, and he has gotten the Ravens’ attention. The Ravens attended Latimer’s pro day in late March, and also worked him out privately. He has the size (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) to be a red zone threat, and the speed and strength to separate from defenders at the line of scrimmage.

Right tackle and free safety are the Ravens’ most obvious needs heading into the draft. But the Ravens could still add another offensive weapon, even after acquiring wide receiver Steve Smith and tight end Owen Daniels. Smith will turn 35 years old in May, and injuries limited Daniels to just five games last season.

The Ravens didn’t have enough reliable weapons last season, especially after tight end Dennis Pitta suffered a serious hip injury in training camp. They only scored 30 points once all season, and their running game was abysmal.

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Even if the offensive line improves, there is no guarantee the Ravens will have a consistent running game next season. Not with Ray Rice facing legal issues and Bernard Pierce recovering from shoulder surgery.

Latimer might be a steal as a second-round pick, and there is talk he may climb into the first round. The Ravens did well for themselves in the 2011 draft, taking wide receiver Torrey Smith in the second round. Perhaps they see that same potential in Latimer.