It’s dangerous to make too much of news that a player made a visit to a specific time in the runup to the NFL Draft.
Players make visits to numerous teams, and teams can host up to 30 players for visits (the rules regarding visits are detailed well here). So the simple math means that any player who makes a visit to a specific team still has a small chance of landing with that particular team.
As the linked piece notes, these visits are often reserved for players that teams did not meet with at things such as the Senior Bowl or the NFL Combine. So that’s why you see reports of visits from players who may seem a little under-the-radar.
With all that said, I’ll pass along this Tweet from Indiana WR Cody Latimer, commenting on his visit to the Seahawks’ facility today.
— Cody Latimer (@CodyLatimer3) April 15, 2014
His visit is worth nothing because it presents yet more evidence that Seattle may be interested in bolstering its receiving corps going forward, and especially with a bigger receiver — Latimer is listed at 6-3, 215.
Latimer, who declared early for the NFL Draft, was recovering from foot surgery at the NFL Combine in late February, one reason teams are bringing him in for visits.
He opened eyes with his performance at IU’s Pro Day and while generally projected to go in the fifth round or lower, but could sneak in to higher rounds. Here’s the NFL.com analysis of Latimer, which not only notes his size and strength but also his basketball skills — the Seahawks have often favored receivers who have had a basketball background.
It will be no surprise if Seattle re-signs Sidney Rice, which means the Seahawks would likely return every receiver from a year ago except for the departed Golden Tate — and that assumes a full year of health from Percy Harvin.
Still, the one thing Seattle seems to lack on paper is larger receivers, one reason they have been thought open from the start to bringing Rice back.
Latimer would fit that bill, as would as Mike Evans of Texas A&M, Kelvin Benjamin of Florida State and Brandon Coleman of Rutgers, each listed at 6-5 or taller. Evans is unlikely to still be there at 32, but Benjamin could be and Coleman is regarded as more of a mid-round type.
But again, the list of players who have visited hardly marks the extent of players in which Seattle may be interested.
Here are a few players who have been reported to have visit, or to have scheduled visits, with the Seahawks:
— RB Terrance West, Towson State: West is one of the more intriguing players in the draft, who left Towson early and did attend the Combine, where he was a popular topic for his interesting storyline of having no real offers out of high school. CBSSports.com rates him as a possible 3-4th-rounder, a fairly consensus opinion. West is actually writing a pre-draft diary for the Baltimore Sun, so if he does make his reported visit to the Seahawks, maybe he’ll write about it. He is expected to visit Seattle this week.
— OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff, McGill University: Duvernay-Tardiff, regarded as one of the top Canadian collegian players, is becoming one of the more intriguing players in the draft, posting some solid numbers at his recent Pro Day. As the linked story states: “Duvernay-Tardif ran anywhere from 4.93 to 4.98 in the 40, the numbers unofficial since they weren’t electronically timed. Nonetheless, of the 50 offensive linemen at last month’s NFL combine, only three who weighed at least 320 pounds ran the 40 in under 5.2. Duvernay-Tardif did 34 reps at 225 pounds; had a vertical jump of 31.5 inches and a broad jump of 9.6 feet.”
—FB Nikita Whitlock, Wake Forest: Updating from the first version of this to add Whitlock, who we have referenced on the blog before. Whitlock was a nose tackle at Wake who is being looked at by NFL teams as a fullback (feature story here with details). Whitlock is generally regarded as a late-round pick at best, more likely a free agent.
— LB Jordan Tripp, Montana: Tripp projects as a late-rounder who could help immediately on special teams.
— LB Brock Coyle, Montana: Coyle is regarded as one of the fastest risers in the draft, morphing from a player who would certainly have to wait to sign as a free agent to a possible late-round pick.