May 11, 2014
DENVER BRONCOS 2014 NFL DRAFT PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
EXEC. V.P. OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS/GENERAL MANAGER JOHN ELWAY
"I'm Proud to introduce Cody Latimer, wide receiver from Indiana. If there was ever a guy that was meant to be a Bronco, it was Cody, because he had those [orange] shoes and this shirt in his bag in New York and came straight here. So you know what was meant to be a Bronco (laughing). But he's a guy that as you can tell has great size, great demeanor and is going to be a tremendous help and bring great competition to the wide receiver spot. We plan on him doing great things for us."
WIDE RECEIVER Cody Latimer (RD. 2, NO. 56, INDIANA)
On how he uses his strengths to his advantage in the run game
"At Indiana that was an emphasis we stuck on, it was called dominating the perimeter. We were nice-sized receivers so we had to use our size to our advantage. Corners would try to pressure you and I have the strength, so why not use it? The aggression just comes naturally and you want to dominate corners, guys who are smaller than you. And with my little basketball history background playing in the post against 6'8", 6'10" guys made me even more physical being able to handle that so once I go up against a smaller corner, it makes it makes it much easier for me."
On his Broncos orange shirt and shoes
"I had this for one of my proms. I went to in high school and there was just something that really told me to bring it and I took it to New York with me and then it just happened to work out perfectly."
On his outfit from last night
"I had a different outfit last night. It was more of a casual dress last night and this was just in my bag."
On his realization that football was his sport
"My first year playing football my junior year of high school I had a great year, 1,000 yards and all these touchdowns and things and was doing a good job on a small team that had 14 players. We literally never got off the field so all that time spent on the field and getting more looks in football, I felt that was a better opportunity and I felt I was better at that sport because I played a big man in high school. I went to a small high school and once you go to college you'd play guard so that would have been a hard conversion for me. I started getting more looks in football and just thought that it was the better way for me. I got a couple offers for basketball--a couple Division-1 offers, but they weren't major big schools. Football just felt like the way to go. I fell in love with it because I was doing it every day, practicing with nine guys and coaches and stuff. It has actually been my life since my junior year of high school."
On joining a talented receiving corps
"I'm very excited. I can learn a lot from these guys. [WR Demaryius] Thomas, [WR Wes] Welker, [WR Emmanuel] Sanders coming in, and just knowing I got a great quarterback who's going to put the ball there. I can learn a lot from him and it makes it not so much of a rush for me. I'm here to get on the field, but it's not much of a rush. I can learn from them and don't have to get pushed into the system too early. I can sit back and learn off of them. I'll be on the field when I can, special teams, however I've got to play on the field. Like I said, it makes it easier for me having to catch on to the offense, not so much of a rush. And like I said I can learn a lot from them."
On the difficult transition to the NFL for rookie receivers
"I haven't looked at that. I've been keeping my porch clean. I've been just worrying about watching out for--contemplating what I'm going to be doing once I get here. Do a lot of film study. I've got to learn what's open, learn reading the defense and things like that. The biggest part is going to be getting off the line, off press, that's when separation should be the easy part. You've just got to get off that press, beat the press, and you shouldn't have a problem. I'm not looking forward at coming here and having trouble my rookie year. I'm going to work my butt off every day and I'm here to help the team win."
On what QB Peyton Manning's demands of his receivers
"I know that he demands a lot. He takes control of his team, he wants to win. He wants his guys to know what they're doing obviously so he can trust you, so he knows wherever he puts the ball that you're going to be at the spot to get it. I plan on coming here and living under him. I'm going to spend every day--I want to make sure I know what he knows. He's going to help me become a better receiver and I'm going to do what I can to help this organization win."
On competing against CB Bradley Roby in the Big Ten
"It's exciting, he's a great cornerback. It's going to make us both better, going at it head-to-head every day instead of the game. Give us more of a chance to actually go against each other, too. Like I said, he's a great cornerback and when we played, it was a little bit more of off coverage so it should be interesting. He'll be in my face all day every day and we're going to make each other better."
On playing at Indiana
"That wasn't really my main focus. I went in there, I committed under Coach [Bill] Lynch, a great coach with a great coaching staff. And then Coach [Kevin] Wilson came in and I was going in there to help set a foundation to make it a football school. I was going in there to help them win, which we did. We changed the program around. We started out 1-11 and every year we gradually got better so it was just great to be there and set that foundation. It wasn't more about taking them to bowl games and give us a championship. I knew the improvement would eventually come but I wasn't rushing into it. I was, like I said, set a foundation, get acquainted with college, get myself together and get the team winning."
On the past 24 hours
"Very long but it was worth the wait. Everything happens for a reason. I sat around in the green room for a while and it was worth the wait. I was just excited to get that call and I'm here. I barely got any sleep last night, I was so excited. It's a great program to be a part of."