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Prospect Profiles: Randall Cobb

RANDALL COBB, WR, KENTUCKY

Triangle Numbers: 5-11, 186, 4.5

Scouting Reports:

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Has good game speed, doesn’t get chased down from behind very often… Stout build, has a good, solid frame… Gets off the line of scrimmage quickly and avoids jams… Great runner after the catch, elusive in the open field… Very productive player, has rushed for over 1300 yards and 22 touchdowns along with his receiving statistics… Has scored 37 touchdowns over the past three years… Strong intangibles, very hard worker who is respected by both teammates and fans… Contributes all over the field, seems to be involved in every play, lines up at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and returns both kicks and punts… Versatility will attract teams on draft day… Will appeal to teams who run the wildcat formation, Kentucky at their own version titled the “WildCobb”… Came to Kentucky as a quarterback and is still learning the position so he should be able to continue to improve.

Negatives: Not the biggest or fastest guy around, seems to be more quick than fast… Won’t blaze the 40 yard dash like some people expect… Inconsistent hands, drops some passes that he should be able to catch… Below average route runner, has trouble getting separation in man coverage… Rounds off many of his cuts… When he lines up at running back, he isn’t very patient and doesn’t set up his blockers well, he also lacks the power to run between the tackles near the goal line… Won’t contribute much as a blocker, doesn’t have much experience in this area… Not a great leaper and has trouble pin-pointing the ball when he’s in the air… Has some injury concerns… Limited upside because of his lack of size and overall technique as a receiver, is more of a situational playmaker.

FF Toolbox:

Cobb was Kentucky’s most dynamic offensive weapon over the past three seasons, so it’s no surprise that he is leaving early to enter the NFL draft. The electric receiver has tons of experience despite only playing thee years. As a freshman he caught 21 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 316 yards and seven scores. Season two saw him rack up 447 receiving yards, 573 rushing yards, and 14 total touchdowns. Cobb really erupted as a junior in 2010 (especially at the receiver position, where he will play in the NFL). He hauled in 84 passes for 1,017 yards and seven touchdowns. On the ground he rushed 55 times for 424 yards and five scores.

Cobb stands at just 5’1” and 186 pounds and he is not the fastest wideout in the business, but he still finds a way to get the job done day in and day out. He is incredibly shifty and is lethal with the ball in his hands after the catch. He could be an impact player in a variety of areas at the next level, including on special teams and possible as a quarterback in the Wildcat formation. Cobb, though, will primarily be used as a slot receiver. If he runs a stellar 40-yard dash time at the combine, he could be taken as early as the second round of the upcoming draft

NFL Draft 101:

Strengths:

  • QB/WR/RB – One of the most versatile players in the draft
  • Dynamic playmaker – displays instincts and vision
  • Cat quick with excellent change of direction
  • Tremendous production – 94 receptions 1,017 receiving yards in 2010, 400 yards rushing in 2009 and 2010, 28 combined TDs (2009 and 2010)
  • Tough – fights for yardage and willing to go over the middle
  • Ideal wildcat guy – recruited as a quarterback (4 starts at UK)
  • Dangerous returner – elusive in the open field
  • Excellent intangibles and character
  • Consistent production – made an impact versus elite competition
  • Three year starter

Weaknesses

  • May not be an every down type – more of a slot receiver/wildcat/returner
  • Still developing as a receiver
  • Needs to refine route running
  • Undersized
  • More quick than fast – lacks breakaway speed (a 4.5 guy)

VIDEO:

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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Cobb is an intriguing guy. Versatile. Can play wildcat, wideout, running back. He’s very similar to Antwaan Randle-El.  I personally prefer Jerrel Jernigan, but as a backup option, Cobb would be nice. Jernigan is more like Dexter McCluster. Cobb is more quick than fast, he has a knack for making plays. If he does well at the combine, which I imagine he would, he could shoot up into the late second round. Would the Giants look at him there? If Jernigan is gone, maybe. But it seems a bit high for a guy who really isn’t blazing fast. To be that scat back guy, you have to have that blazing speed. Cobb is quick, but at 4.5, not fast. Unless he runs a great 40 at the combine, I’m a little wary. But you look at the body of work and see the big plays he makes. He’s a good player. I just prefer Jernigan.

PREVIOUS PROFILES:

OT:

Gabe Carimi

OL Anthony Castanzo

Rodney Hudson

Derek Sherrod

Marcus Gilbert

CB

Brandon Harris

Jimmy Smith

Davon House

TE

Kyle Rudolph

DJ Williams

LB

Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA

Bruce Carter North Carolina

Greg Jones, Michigan State

Dontay Moch, LB, Nevada

Mason Foster, LB, Washington

KJ Wright, LB, Mississippi State

RB

Mark Ingram

DeMarco Murray

WR:

Jerrel Jernigan

DL

Aldon Smith

Jarvis Jenkins

Phil Taylor


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4 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: Randall Cobb”

  1. mcluster only ran a 4.56 40 at the combine…he’s more quick than fast…I’d say jernigan reminds me more of ted ginn jr. personally…of the two I preferCobb….I like Demarco Murray as a scat back/return man more than either of these.

  2. BoomKentucky says:

    What Cobb did at UK makes him a beast. If he were at any other big SEC school he would have been in the Heisman race. He is just a flat out winner and gets the job done.

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