Draft chatter: WR Latimer remains on Ravens radar

Draft chatter: WR Latimer remains on Ravens radar
April 28, 2014, 11:15 am
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Has wide receiver Cody Latimer from Indiana done enough to vault into the first round of next month’s NFL draft? Has he done enough to make the Ravens consider trading up to get him in the second round?

At the very least, Latimer is someone the Ravens are evaluating closely. According to the Baltimore Sun, Latimer visited the Ravens on Sunday. Two days earlier, the Ravens were one of 24 NFL teams represented at Latimer’s private workout at Indiana.

The Ravens need a starting right tackle and a starting free safety, so they may not consider Latimer with the 17th pick. However, the acquisition of Steve Smith in free agency does not mean the Ravens are done adding weapons to help quarterback Joe Flacco.

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Latimer could fall into the second round, because wide receiver might be the deepest position in the draft. If that happens, the Ravens might be very interested in taking Latimer with their second-round pick (No. 48). Perhaps the Ravens would even consider trading up in the second round to make sure they get him.

Latimer ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 at his Pro Day workout, and he is athletic and as strong runner after the catch at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds. As one of the 30 players invited to attend the draft at Radio City Music Hall next month, Latimer has convinced teams he has fully recovered from January foot surgery.

Before the second round ends, Latimer’s phone will ring. Count the Ravens as one of the teams that could be calling.