NFL Draft: Broncos grab Indiana WR Cody Latimer with No. 56 overall pick

Denver picks OT Michael Schofield in 3rd round

NEW YORK - The Denver Broncos traded up in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft to grab Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer with the No. 56 overall pick.

"I get to go to a great organization, with a great quarterback and that's what I wanted," Latimer said to the NFL Network on the stage at Radio City Music Hall. "I want to play with a great quarterback that can help me make plays."

"It was worth the wait, and I thank God and I thank my family, my supporters," he added.

The newly minted NFL rookie wasn't shy when a reporter asked if the Broncos might build on last year's Super Bowl appearance by winning it all this season?

"Oh, we're gonna win it," Latimer said.

Latimer was Indiana University's Most Valuable Player in 2013, leading the Hoosiers with 72 receptions for 1,096 yards.

Denver traded up seven picks from its original spot at No. 63 to select Latimer.

"You need to just get in the hip pocket of a 38-year-old quarterback by the name of Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Emmanuel Sanders -- what a great situation for this young man," NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said when the pick was announced by Broncos Ring of Famer Gene Mingo.

"He's a height-weight-speed specimen. At 218 pounds and almost 6-3, he ran 4.4 40(-yard dash) after breaking his foot," Mayock added.

The trade with San Francisco sent Denver's second-rounder (No. 63), fifth-rounder (No. 171) and a 2015 fourth-rounder to the 49ers in exchange for San Francisco's second-rounder (No. 56) and a seventh-rounder (No. 242).

In the third round, the Broncos selected offensive tackle Michael Schofield from the University of Michigan with the 95th pick.

Schofield was viewed as a guard by some scouts, but has tackle size. He is a strong run blocker, our partners at the Denver Post noted. He was timed at 5.01 in the 40-yeard dash, impressive for a 6-foot-6, 301-pounder.

 

 

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