By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
6:00 PM EDT, April 27, 2014
Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer visited the Ravens on Sunday, the final day NFL teams can host draft-eligible players for official visits, according to a league source.
Latimer, one of the fastest rising NFL draft prospects, completed positional drills in a private workout Friday at Indiana that was attended by Ravens wide receivers coach Bobby Engram and representatives from 24 other NFL teams.
The Ravens have displayed steady interest in Latimer throughout the draft process.
Although the Ravens acquired five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Steve Smith during free agency, retained Jacoby Jones with a new contract and have Torrey Smith and Marlon Brown back, they remain interested in bolstering the wide receiver position. Besides Latimer, the Ravens also hosted USC wide receiver Marqise Lee and Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin for visits.
Since declaring for the draft in January -- the same month he had surgery on his left foot -- after receiving a third-round grade from the NFL draft advisory committee, Latimer's stock has steadily increased.
Latimer, a converted basketball player who first started playing football as a high school junior, is now being discussed as a potential first- or early second-round draft target. He has accepted an invitation as one of the 30 players who will attend the NFL draft in New York at Radio City Music Hall.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds and had a 39-inch vertical leap at his campus Pro Day workout in March, which was also attended by the Ravens. At the NFL scouting combine in February, Latimer bench pressed 225 pounds 23 times for the most repetitions of any wide receiver.
The Ravens aren't the only team interested in Latimer, who has had 10 official visits, including the Jacksonville Jaguars, Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, San Diego Chargers, Carolina Panthers.
The San Francisco 49ers spent 90 minutes with Latimer following his recent private workout. Latimer also had a private meeting and dinner with Panthers wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl in March.
For the Hoosiers, Latimer finished with 135 career receptions for 2,042 yards and was named second-team All-Big Ten Conference.
As a junior last season, Latimer caught 72 passes for 1,096 yards and nine touchdowns.