Perhaps no player in the 2014 NFL Draft is seeing their stock rise as fast as former Indiana Hoosiers’ wide receiver Cody Latimer (although former Pittsburgh Panthers’ quarterback Tom Savage could probably make quite the argument).
Last week, 25 teams, including Philadelphia Eagles’ head coach Chip Kelly watched Latimer work out. The San Francisco 49ers were one of those teams, sending wide receivers’ coach John Morton to watch.
Matt Burrows of The Sacramento Bee wonders if that indicates the 49ers may be targeting Latimer at the bottom of the first round.
Well, in 2010 offensive line coach Mike Solari met with both Anthony Davis and Mike Iupati to chart plays on a white board and otherwise discuss the type of schemes they’d be expected to process with the 49ers. The 49ers took each in the first round that year. Last year, defensive line coach Jim Tomsula attended Tank Carradine’s pre-draft workout and also spent time with him afterward. The 49ers took him in the second round, 40th overall.
So that means it’s a slam dunk that the 49ers will take Latimer? No, not exactly. The only reason we know that Solari met with Davis and Iupati is because they ended up on the squad and Solari talked about their visit afterward. What we don’t have is the list of players Solari, Tomsula, Morton, et. al. have met with in previous years that the 49ers ultimately passed over.
Latimer made 72 receptions for 1,096 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013.