Is more quick than fast and has the wiggle and suddenness to consistently make the first man miss and get up to speed quickly. Is a tough guy to bring down once he gets the ball in his hands, runs well toward daylight and has the fluidity and balance to be shifty even at top-end speed.
Is a good receiver in the short/intermediate pass game. Displays good body control and balance as a route runner. Looks more polished on sharply inward breaking routes than outward breaking routes at this stage, but there is a burst out of his breaks and he does a really good job working his way back toward the quarterback and uncovering through the play. Also, has enough speed to run by defenders if they try to sit on his route.
Has a good feel working the seam and isn't afraid of contact over the middle. Isn't going to be able to outpace NFL defenders on the outside, but has enough speed to work the seam read game. Also, takes snaps from center and is a gifted wildcat QB threat. Runs low, has a natural feel inside with some running skills between the tackles to his game.
Was a former dual-threat QB prospect coming out of high school and displays a good football IQ on the field.
Impression: A smart, savvy inside receiver with good short-area quickness and run after the catch ability. Looks like an ideal slot receiver at the next level who can separate quickly and be a productive No. 3 wideout in the NFL."
Cobb immediately made the All-SEC Freshman team as a quarterback in 2008 despite starting only four games at the position, making the switch late in the season following four starts at receiver. It was immediately clear that Cobb was a triple threat to pass, run and catch on any play. Highlights of his true freshman year included catching two touchdowns late to rally the Wildcats against Arkansas,21-20, and 100 yards both passing and rushing against Georgia,
Too short to project to the NFL as a quarterback, Cobb found a home at receiver as a sophomore, where he was All-SEC as an "all purpose performer," averaging almost 140 yards per game in offense and kick/punt returns. He finished with 447 yards receiving, first on a team with inconsistent quarterback play. While Cobb was green at receiver, his natural athletic talent was obvious.
Cobb was ready for primetime in 2010, breaking out with 84 catches for 1,017 yards and seven touchdowns, not to mention an additional 424 yards rushing with five touchdowns and 955 combined yards returning punts and kicks. Game highlights included 12 catches for 171 yards against Mississippi State, 226 yards rushing and receiving with two touchdowns against Vanderbilt and 13 catches for 116 yards against Tennessee.
Cobb is an excellent slot or No. 2 receiver prospect running primarily short and intermediate routes at the NFL level, but lacks the elite straight-line speed and size the NFL usually demands for consideration as a No. 1 receiver. He should fit well in a quick throw, West Coast type of offense, and offers great versatility as a runner, kick returner and Wildcat quarterback, not to mention a dependable holder for field goals.
Bright, hard working, dedicated and athletic, Randall Cobb has a lot of talent and very little risk.
Release: Extremely quick first step off the snap. Strong and physical enough to beat the press, but more likely to use quickness and elusiveness to escape coverage. Played in the slot and/or was in motion a lot. Very good at getting open quickly with cuts and burst.
Hands: Soft, natural hands are used to snatch the ball away from the body. Very few drops, even counting the two short ones over the middle vs. Pitt in the Compass Bowl from the backup quarterback. Adjusts well to the ball. Caught the ball in traffic a lot and almost always held on. Will hold onto the ball while taking a big hit. Secures the ball well and rarely puts it on the ground. Can be counted on to field punts and kickoffs cleanly. Holds for field-goal attempts.
Route Running: Excellent, disciplined route running originates from being a former quarterback, knowing what happens when the route is not run correctly. Crisp, sharp cuts and turns. Breaks tackles and gets YAC consistently. Student of the game prides himself on not making mental errors. Not a true blazer, but fast enough, very shifty and tends to get separation consistently.
Blocking: Small frame limits the benefits of quality technique and effort. Will sacrifice body against larger defenders. Good knee bend, extension of arms and hand placement. True team player gives all in every assignment.
Intangibles: Dedicated to football. Puts in outstanding effort, leads by example and never takes a play off. Leader off the field, participating in a wide variety of community and charity causes. Honor Roll student in high school. Does the small things well, such as being a reliable holder for field goals. Received high praise from coaches. While Cobb missed a couple of games early in his career with minor injuries, he produced consistently during a healthy 2010 season."
Cobb's versatility will get him drafted.
Cobb’s versatility was a big hit in Kentucky as well. Cobb played wide receiver, but even started four games at quarterback for the Wildcats, and was the first Kentucky freshman to win a road SEC game in Wildcat history.
Cobb’s versatility and athleticism are his biggest strengths. He can play multiple positions and is that player that you can use to find a mismatch all over the field. Cobb can take a five yard pass and turn it into 80 yards in a hurry. He has excellent speed, and he’s even quicker than he is fast. He works the seam quite well and is best in the short/intermediate range. He’s a crisp route runner despite being somewhat raw, and he has soft hands. He offers ability in the return game as well, and could end up being the next top notch return man in the NFL.
Cobb isn’t a natural receiver, although he plays like it. He’ll never be a true #1 on any team, but his play will find him a spot on the field regardless. His durability may be somewhat of a concern because of his small frame, although he hasn’t taken too many big hits to really be able to question his toughness. He isn’t very physical when fighting for the football and is prone to getting bumped off of his route easily. He isn’t a blocking wide receiver, and won’t help your running back much down the field.
Players like Cobb shoot up draft boards because of their versatility. His grade is around the third round, but it’s very possible that he moves into the second. He fits best in a West Coast offense, and I could see a team like Cleveland targeting him with their third round pick if he makes it. Seattle, Baltimore, Atlanta and New England will also give Cobb a look at the bottom of round two.
NFL Comparison: Percy Harvin "
Positive: Versatile skill player who positively affects the offense in a variety of ways. Shows terrific quickness, has a burst of speed, and is dynamic handling the ball. Fluid receiver who comes back to the pass out of breaks, easily adjusts to the errant throw, and possesses both soft and strong hands. Quickly transitions from making the catch to running after the reception, shows a burst of speed, and has the ability to create yardage in the open field. Quick footed and elusive, displays terrific explosiveness, and plays with intelligence. Effective running reverses, alters the momentum of games as a return specialist, and occasionally lined up behind center in wildcat formations.
Negative: Not a true deep threat. Really cannot run to the long pass.
Analysis: Cobb has been tremendously productive on the college level since stepping onto the field as a freshman for Kentucky. He's a multipurpose offensive threat with the skills to be a second receiver and return man on the NFL level."
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."
Weaknesses: Not real big. Not the fastest guy around. Has played so many positions that he is really not the master of any. May never be quite what you want at a given position, and MUST go to a team that intends to maximize his value doing SEVERAL things. Has taken a lot of pounding at the college level already. Has been able to carry a team at this level, and may find the going tougher at the next level.
Projection: Elite intangibles, leadership and versatility make him a solid 3rd round selection, at worst."
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."
Cobb has started at quarterback and wide receiver for the Wildcats and was named the team's most valuable player last season. He also returns punts and kicks. Cobb has mainly played wide receiver this season, and has 63 receptions for 783 yards and seven touchdowns. He also has 206 yards rushing on 37 carries with three touchdowns. He's even thrown three touchdown passes this season.
It's an impressive stat line from the kind of athlete a creative offense could have fun with. But entering the draft isn't a certainty for Cobb.
"It's going to be one of the hardest decisions that I've ever had to make," Cobb told reporters. "There's a lot that I still want to accomplish. There's still a lot that I've set my mind for to try and do for this program. We haven't made all the expectations I planned on, but we have done a lot the past three years I've been here. There's a lot that's going to weigh into the decision."
Kentucky is 5-5 on the year and plays Vanderbilt on Saturday. When the site rankings are redone, Cobb will be in the top 150 players. Where exactly isn't settled.
Another Kentucky player who might test the draft waters is junior linebacker Danny Trevathan. He leads the Southeastern Conference in tackles. He said on Wednesday that he'll inquire about the draft if he finishes the season strong."
Randall Cobb could probably become a solid Vertical Threat as a Flanker ~ hell, he could probably be a damned good Tail Back!! ~ but he is just so naturally gifted as a Slot Receiver that it would be a shame for him to play anywhere else.
Cobb is Explosive, Quick, surprisingly Strong, and commands tremendous Fluidity and Lateral Agility, as well as outstanding Navigational skills and deceptively deadly Acceleration. Most dangerous of all, perhaps, are his Processing Speed and Instincts, which have doubtlessly been helped by his lengthy resume as a Quarter Back. This guy is truly special, the kind of guy who always makes it look easy and seems to be a step ahead of the enemy.
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