Originally posted by mayo49:
BOTTOM LINE A prep basketball standout, Latimer is a well-built, sure-handed, West Coast possession receiver whose hardwood background is evident in his leaping ability, body control and hand-eye coordination. Lacks ideal explosiveness, gear change and flexibility. Could be effective running slants and making contested catches to beat zone coverage and succeed in the red zone. Has a ceiling as a No. 3.
Yeah, citing Nawrocki doesn't do much. His evaluations are consistently pessimistic and derogatory.
There's a lot of others who love Latimer's ceiling and think he has true #1 WR type potential. To me he is very raw, but all the tools to be a complete and dominant NFL wide receiver. He's got the hands, attacks the ball in the air ferociously, physical, tough and a terrific run blocker. Athletically he's not a classical deep threat but has shown the ability to beat coverage off the line and get down the field in a hurry.
He's definitely got that basketball player's mentality, which much like for Ellington, is only an asset for a wide receiver, tremendous balance in the air, uses his frame well to clear defender's out. His biggest weakness at this point IMO is his need to develop as a route runner. If the 49ers feel like they'll need a replacement for Crabtree or Boldin after next season, they could do quite worse than Latimer.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Apr 27, 2014 at 5:10 PM ]