Green Bay Packers draft profile: Kentucky WR Randall Cobb

Apr. 29, 2011

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Kentucky Wildcats receiver Randall Cobb runs after a catch against the Tennessee Volunteers a Nov. 28, 2009, game in Lexington, Ky. / Andy Lyons/Getty Images


“My strength as a wideout I think is my versatility. My ability to understand coverages and being able to work the slot a lot, and work off backers, and safeties, I think that’s where my strength is at. As far as weaknesses, I’ve only been working as a receiver for two years now, so working on my route running and polishing it up and getting better at that as much as I can.”
— Randall Cobb

“I think it’s a combination of all those areas when you look at it. As far as his ability to catch the football, that’s important - his ability to create space. He certainly has good hands and has the ability to run after the catch. We always talk about that. That’s one of his strong suits. He’s a guy who stays on his feet, has good balance and makes the most out of his opportunities.”
— Packers wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett

“He has great hands — he’s actually the holder on their team, which gives you an idea what kind of hands he has. He’s a very versatile player. He was a quarterback in high school and done a lot of different things. With Kentucky, he was kind of Kentucky’s offense for the last couple of years, so we feel very fortunate to add him to our team.”
— Ted Thompson, Packers general manager


A closer look at Kentucky wide receiver Randall Cobb, the Green Bay Packers' second-round pick in the 2011 NFL draft.

Position: Wide receiver

School: Kentucky

Height, weight: 5-foot-10 1/4, 191 pounds.

Age: 20

Measurables: 4.37 seconds in the 40-yard dash. … 1.49 10-yard dash. … 2.53 20-yard dash. … 4.09 20-yard shuttle. … 6.68 three-cone drill. … 35-inch vertical jump. … 10-2 broad jump. … 32 ¼-inch arm length. … 9 ¼-inch hands.

Highlights: In 35 career games at Kentucky, Cobb accumulated 4,674 all-purpose yards and ranks fourth all-time at the school in that category. … In 2010, Cobb set the Southeastern Conference season record for all-purpose yards with 2,396, breaking the previous mark of 2,310 yards by Darren McFadden of Arkansas (2007). … The Kentucky performer twice set the school’s season-record for average yards per play, gaining 9.84 yards per touch in 2009 and 12.10 yards per touch in 2010. … As a receiver, Cobb ranks eighth all-time at Kentucky with 1,483 yards and ninth with 126 receptions. … He also rushed for 1,265 yards on 220 carries, breaking Mark Higgs’ school record by averaging 5.75 yards per carry in his career (min. 200 carries). … Started 31-of-35 games at Kentucky with 27 starts at wide receiver and four at quarterback. … Caught 144 passes for 1,661 yards (11.53 avg) and 13 touchdowns. … Carried 228 times for 1,313 yards (5.76 avg) and 22 touchdowns. …. Returned 63 punts for 619 yards (9.82 avg)and two touchdowns, and 44 kickoffs for 1,081 yards (24.57 avg). … Completed 62-of-122 pass attempts(50.82 percent) for 689 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions. … Cobb scored 226 career points to tie for fourth on Kentucky’s career scoring list.

Strengths: Very athletic, confident and competitive. Instinctive – has a feel for coverage and works to uncover. Is light on his feet and loose-hipped with quickness to separate short. Has soft hands and can make the one-handed grab (see Louisville). Catches and turns upfield – is slippery and shows vision after the catch. Agile and elusive in space. Shows concentration and toughness to go over the middle. Extremely versatile – experienced working the slot, confident fielding kick and played a multitude of roles for the Wildcats, including as a holder. Responded well in clutch situations.

Weaknesses: Relatively inexperienced as a full-time receiver and could stand to refine his route running and become more nuanced with position-specific skills. Average size – narrow-framed with a thin lower body, and durability could be an issue. Needs to get stronger – can be knocked off routes and is not a physical blocker. Lacks elite top-end speed and explosiveness. Too many concentration drops. Average run strength. Comes off as too cocky and runs his mouth too much on the field.

Noteworthy: Arrived at Kentucky as a quarterback before the team moved him to wide receiver. … Cobb served as the team’s punt and kickoff return specialist as well as their placeholder on field goals. … Cobb has experience playing out of the “Wildcat” formation. … Community communications and leadership development major. … Cousin, Shannon Mitchell, played tight end at Georgia and with the San Diego Chargers (1994-97). … Cousin, Billy Williams, played football at Tennessee and with the St. Louis Rams. … He will wear No. 18.

— Weston Hodkiewicz, Strengths and weaknesses according to Pro Football Weekly

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