As far as top needs fans listed for the Broncos heading into the 2014 NFL Draft, cornerback and wide receiver were two of the top four.
Check and check.
With the 56th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos selected WR Cody Latimer out of Indiana. The Broncos traded their 2014 5th round pick and their 2015 4th round pick with the San Francisco 49ers to move up seven spots and grab Latimer. They also received San Francisco's 7th round pick this year.
Cody Latimer ran a 4.45 40-yard dash at the combine, an impressive number for his 6'3", 215-pound frame. He was also decently productive in Indiana. He had 72 receptions for 1,096 yards and nine TDs in 2013. He had 135 receptions for 2,042 yards and 17 TDs in his career.
The heir apparent to Eric Decker is a virtual clone of him. Same size, similar productivity (albeit in fewer years at college), and just slightly faster speed.
If you can't keep your talented wide receiver, draft another.
"I get to a great organization with a great quarterback," Latimer said, who was in New York for the draft festivities. "It was worth the wait."
Asked if the Broncos were going to win the Super Bowl this year, Latimer replied quickly, "Oh they're gonna win it."
Broncos Ring of Fame Class of 2014 inductee Gene Mingo announced the pick.
The Broncos addressed cornerback with their first pick by selecting Ohio State's Bradley Roby. They have one more pick today, 95th overall, in the third round.
You know me - I'm all about BPA (Best Player Available). Trading away draft picks and moving up for a guy you like doesn't fit that model. So I'm not a fan of this move. The Broncos filled a need here, though, and I like what Latimer offers on paper. Now I've got to go look at the tape!
Broncos Country, what do you think of the pick?
|Broncos 2014 Draft Picks|
|1||31||Bradley Roby||CB||5'11"||194||Ohio State||A-|
|2||24 (56)||Cody Latimer||WR||6'3"||215||Indiana|
|3||31 (95)||Michael Schofield||OT||6'6"||301||Michigan|
|Traded to 49ers|