NFL scouts have been giving rave reviews to, apparently, “underrated” Indiana defensive tackle Darius Latham. Per a short review on the Philadelphia Eagles’ official website, Latham apparently turned down the opportunity to play basketball for the Hoosiers, has drawn a second/third round grade from scouts and is expected to put up big numbers at the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine, set to take place in Indianapolis in a couple of weeks.
Latham is certainly an excellent talent at his position, and he definitely has the size for at at 6-foot-4, 310 pounds. Moreover, he showcased tremendous athleticism in three seasons with the Hoosiers, posting 82 tackles (18.5 for a loss) to go with 7.5 sacks, an interception and seven pass breakups.
With a great showing at the combine, Latham could definitely earn himself a second round selection, perhaps even better depending on other factors.
Those other factors are namely how he answers for off-field issues. Latham was suspended for the first game of the 2015 season for a violation of team rules and then drew an indefinite one a few weeks later for what was described as a “student ethics” issue. Latham was then reinstated 10 days later.
That all being said, so long as he handles the interview process with nothing but the utmost honesty and also aces the workouts, Latham can easily earn himself the opportunity to be drafted at a respectable position.