When Eric Decker left for the New York Jets, the Denver Broncos were in need of a wideout who could complement Demaryius Thomas as far as playmaking abilities. They might have found their player with their second pick.
The Broncos traded up with the San Francisco 49ers in order to draft Indiana Hoosier wideout Cody Latimer. He becomes the newest addition to the wideout weapons for Peyton Manning, joining Thomas, Wes Welker, Emmanuel Sanders and Julius Thomas. He is a great fit for the offensive system the Broncos have in place.
He measures the same height as Decker, but appears better than him on paper. This holds especially true when it comes to catching the football. On 119 targets, Latimer only dropped one pass. This is a huge addition, especially when their former second receiver had a difficult time holding on to the pass.
Latimer also provides the ability to collect yards after the catch. He ran a sub 4.5 40, which makes him a fast player and has the ability to create separation from the defender. This is all the great requirements for a fast-paced Broncos offense. He can also block on the run too, which will be huge, especially when the running back is looking for a block down the field.
The only real knock on Latimer, which is coachable, is his inability to run routes. This was an issue with Decker as well, but the Broncos are optimistic that he can work on this quirk and become even better. The addition of Latimer will really boost an offense that is dangerous enough with all the weapons that they have. I am certain that he will really enjoy catching the football from a future hall-of-fame quarterback.