2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky

by Cory J. Bonini on March 21, 2011 @ 04:15:08 PDT

 


Kentucky junior wide receiver Randall Cobb declared for the 2011 NFL Draft and could be a high second-day selection. A quarterback turned receiver, he did a little bit of everything for the Wildcats.

Cobb has scored a punt return touchdown each of the past two years, and he is experienced as a kick returner. On offense, he posted a 94-573-10 line rushing the ball in 2009, scoring 23 ground touchdowns in three years. His finest year as a receiver came in 2010, as Cobb caught 84 passes for 1,017 yards and scored seven times. 

Strengths

  • Athletic
  • Very intelligent
  • Hard worker - dedicated team player, doesn't take plays off
  • Versatile - played quarterback, wide receiver, special teams return man and running back
  • NFL bloodlines (two cousins)
  • Randall Cobb, draft prospect
    Mr. Do-all is looking for a home
    Quick off the line
  • Enough strength to beat most jams
  • Sharp cuts - fantastic route runner
  • Consistently produces after the catch
  • Technically sound blocker
  • Tremendous upside - still learning the position
  • NFL-level speed (official 4.46 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine) 
  • Soft hands

Weaknesses

  • Frame (5-foot-10 1/4, 191 pounds)
  • Size limits effectiveness as a blocker
  • May struggle as an outside receiver against bigger cornerbacks
  • Doesn't contest for overthrown passes
  • Could be a few years before he is a starting-caliber receiver

Expected draft placement

A jack of all trades, Cobb's versatility will have several teams intrigued. He should go early in Round 2, and falling out of the round would probably give his prospective new team a steal.

Cobb could draw interest from the Washington Redskins, Denver Broncos, St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers and Green Bay Packers.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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