Scouting Report: Randall Cobb
Although he may not be the prototypical NFL wide receiver, a player with his spark and ferocity is hard to ignore. At Kentucky, he was electrifying for the Wildcat’s offense and excelled at being their go-to guy when it was crunch time. His open-field elusiveness is off the charts and he excels at making something out of nothing. To go along with all of that, his versatility is outstanding, as he played three different positions (WR, RB, QB) during his time at Kentucky. With tons of production and a skill set that doesn’t come around very often, Cobb will find a new home sooner rather than later. I project that he will be taken in the second round.
Whether he starts lined up out wide or in the backfield, he runs crisp, clean routes that allow him to make up for his lack of pure speed. When coming off of the line, he doesn’t have a tremendous initial burst and can sometimes get caught up against the press, but is able to reach top speed in a hurry, giving him a step on the defense. When running his route, he uses his vision to stay clear of defenders while finding windows in the defense for him to sit down in.
Cobb has terrific hands when he has his head in the game. He catches the ball away from his body and rarely lets the ball get into his frame. When running routes in traffic, he can snatch the ball out of the air and usually does a good job of holding onto the ball when defenders attempt to forceful separate him from it. No matter where his routes take him, he is fearless and will do whatever it takes to put his team in position to win. Despite his tremendous catching ability, there are times where he can lose concentration and drop easy balls.
After the Catch
The YAC yards are what make Cobb so special of an NFL wide receiver prospect. Whether he’s catching the ball down the field or running a swing out of the backfield, something good is bound to happen when Cobb has the ball in his hands. He displays tremendous elusiveness and vision in the open field and can consistently make multiple players miss every time the ball touches his hands. His greatest ability is turning what looks like a small gain into a big play, no matter where he starts with the ball.
Cobb is a great athlete who uses it to its fullest on the field. Whether it’s finding ways to make people miss or simply outworking opponents physically, his athleticism shows through on every Kentucky game tape. His body control is also phenomenal, helping him to make up for his lack of size as well as strength. During his routes, he uses his body to shield defenders from the ball and can squeeze through gaps in the defense to get himself open. His control also shines when he’s blocking in the ground game, sticking with defenders more due to control and effort rather than strength and hand placement.
Although he doesn’t possess ideal size, Cobb uses his strength and natural athleticism to battle defenders for position in the run game. When he engages with a defender, he is tenacious and will fight until the whistle blows to keep his defender under control. Despite his lack of size, he shows a unique toughness and willingness to be physical that is hard to ignore.
Was recruited to play for Kentucky as a quarterback, starting four games for the Wildcats at the position. Two of Cobb’s cousins, Shannon Mitchell and Billy Williams, played football in both college and the NFL. He had some minor injuries during his time at Kentucky, but never anything that should still be a concern.
2010: Started in 13 of 13 games.
2009: Started in 12 of 13 games.
2008: Played in 11 of 13 games. Started four games at wide receiver and four at quarterback.
Majored in Community Communications and Leadership Development at Kentucky.
Awards & Honors
2010: First-Team All-American (SEC Coahes, Associated Press, ESPN.com, SI.com); SEC record for most all-purpose yards in a season (2,396); Biletnikoff Award finalist;
2009: First-Team All-SEC (Associated Press and ESPN.com); Second-Team All-SEC (Phil Steele); Kentucky’s Most Valuable Player; Kentucky’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player; Kentucky’s Most Inspirational Offensive Player
2008: SEC All-Freshman Team as a quarterback
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