Latimer helps himself at Indiana Pro Day

Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer likely helped his draft stock with his performance at Wednesday's Pro Day.

Many experts gave Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer a third-round grade prior to Wednesday's Pro Day in Bloomington.

After Wednesday, he may have put himself in even better shape.

Latimer ran a 4.38 40-yard dash, which would have given him the third-best time at last month's NFL Combine. Latimer did not run at the Combine in Indianapolis.

Latimer also had a vertical leap of 39 inches.

So, let's compare to last year's class of wide receivers. Latimer's vertical would have been better than all but two receivers in the 2013 Combine, trailing only Da'Rick Rogers and Justin Hunter. But Latimer ran a significantly better 40 time than both players. Hunter was drafted in the second round.

To compare, Tavon Austin ran his 40 in 4.34 seconds and had a 32-inch vertical. He was the eighth-overall pick in 2013. Kenny Stills rank the same time as Latimer -- 4.38 -- and had a 33.5-inch vertical. He was a fifth-round pick.

The combination Latimer displayed on Wednesday should put him in great position for the Draft. My guess is he'll go as early as the second round but no later than the third round.


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