Move over, Kelvin Benjamin?
The Eagles are still checking out draft-eligible wide receivers who fit Chip Kelly’s preference for ample size and versatility.
The team on Friday sent three staff members to evaluate Indiana receiver Cody Latimer during a workout, according to a report from NFL.com, and spent 20 minutes after the workout having Latimer run several more routes.
Gil Brandt, also of NFL Media, reported that Kelly was the lone head coach at the workout and that receivers coach Bob Bicknell also attended.
The buzz on Latimer, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound former Ohio prep basketball star, has grown over the past weeks. He is one of the 30 prospects invited to New York City to attend the NFL draft, which starts May 8.
The Eagles, who pick 22nd overall, have either worked out, hosted or attended the pro days of several potential first-round receivers, including Mike Evans (Texas A&M), Marqise Lee (USC), Odell Beckham Jr. (LSU) and Benjamin (Florida State).
Latimer, a junior, spent two seasons as a starter at Indiana but didn’t attend the NFL Combine for medical reasons and didn’t gain first-round steam until recently. In 2013, he caught 72 balls for 1,096 yards and nine touchdowns.
On a conference call Wednesday, ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. said he would be shocked if Latimer wasn’t a first-round pick.
“When you’re 6-2 ½, 225 pounds and run a 4.39 (40-yard dash), and you’re one of the strongest wide receivers you’ll ever come across, and you have real good hands and natural pass-receiving skills, that’s going to push you up,” Kiper said.
“I think a lot of people are saying with another year, he could have been a top 10-to-15 guy. You’re projecting him right now 22-to-32. I had him going in the last projection in the first round.”
The other half of ESPN's draft brain trust, Todd McShay, released his latest mock on Thursday based on which players he thinks teams should take, rather than which ones they will.
Go figure, he has the Eagles taking Latimer at No. 22.