When Eric Decker departed to play for the New York Jets, the Denver Broncos lost their number two wide out who could make big plays at any moment. The Broncos addressed the wide out position in free agency with the signing of Emmanuel Sanders. Looking towards the future though, the Broncos surprised me by drafting Cody Latimer with their second-round draft pick.
Drafted out of Indiana University, Latimer has been labeled as the next Decker for the Broncos with one key difference– his hands. Broncos fans know that Decker, as good as he was at the position, had a difficult time catching the ball from Peyton Manning and would often drop passes. After looking at Latimer’s college career, in which he only dropped one pass his final year, it is easy to see why the Broncos drafted him.
Latimer will have some time this year in the Broncos offense, but I do not see him starting full time in his rookie campaign. With Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Sanders in front of him, Latimer should benefit from learning from the trio for at least his rookie year. He is currently recovering from a foot injury he suffered in January, but should be good to go for training camp.
Latimer will hope to bring what Decker had with the Broncos offense with the addition of the better hands. The Broncos receivers had a tough time holding on to those rockets thrown by the future hall of fame quarterback. Latimer’s hands are perhaps his best asset to the team. It will be interesting to see how much he is utilized in his rookie year.
Drafting Latimer was probably confusing to some fans at first, but with John Elway preparing for now as well as the future, the move to draft him makes a lot of sense in the long run. He should have a great career ahead of him with the Broncos.