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Green Bay Packers pick ends long wait for Randall Cobb

Apr. 30, 2011
 
Kentucky wide receiver Randall Cobb poses for photographs with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, left, and former Packers player Jim Taylor, right, after being selected in the second round of the NFL football draft Fby the Packers on Friday at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Kentucky wide receiver Randall Cobb poses for photographs with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, left, and former Packers player Jim Taylor, right, after being selected in the second round of the NFL football draft Fby the Packers on Friday at Radio City Music Hall in New York. / Frank Franklin II/AP

Quotable

Receivers coach Edgar Bennett was asked how Cobb’s experience as a former quarterback comes into play as a NFL wideout.

“It certainly helps. He has an overall picture, as far as what everybody’s responsibility is, on that scheme or on that particular play. By him having that experience of a quarterback, he understands the importance of his split. He understands the importance of his release off the (line). He understands the footwork he’s supposed to use as a route-runner and how to maneuver and create space against a defender. By him being a quarterback, all that will certainly help his transition coming into the National Football League.”

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Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb already have something in common.

The Packers quarterback was the last player in the Radio City Music Hall green room during the 2005 NFL draft when the possible No. 1 pick dropped to Green Bay at No. 24.

Cobb, who the Packers selected with the No. 64 pick at the end of the second round Friday, was the last player in the green room of the 2011 draft.

“It was really hard, the ups and downs of emotionally thinking you may be going somewhere then not going there,” Cobb said. “But God works in mysterious ways. … I was fortunate enough to still be on the board when Green Bay was picking.

“Hopefully I can have the same success (Rodgers) had.”

NFLDraftScout.com had Cobb rated the No. 5 receiver and the No. 49 prospect in the draft. Some predicted the 5-foot-10, 191-pounder would sneak into the late first round, but Cobb was the seventh receiver taken at the end of the second round.

Regardless of the 2-hour, 32-minute wait that spanned two days, Cobb is eager to catch up with Rodgers, trade stories and go to work.

“Right now I’m actually trying to get a hold of Aaron Rodgers,” Cobb said. “I want to get wherever he is as soon as I possibly can and start working and start building a relationship and a bond with him on the field.”

Fontenot speaks

New Packers running backs coach Jerry Fontenot made his first appearance in front of the media since being promoted from assistant offensive line coach in February. He seemed comfortable in front of the gathering in the Lambeau Field auditorium and talked about the transition.

“As far as transitions go, this is about as smooth as it could go for me as a former offensive lineman,” Fontenot said. “All the run game fits together. The offensive line has to know what the running backs are thinking and vice versa. The protection game, we all fit in together.

“The one area I’ve spent a good amount of time on is just learning routes and check-downs. Those are things in our offense that are very important. That’s what I’ve had to spend most of my time on. Everything else, schematically, fits together. And I’m leaning on Edgar Bennett, I’ve crawled inside of his hip pocket for as much information as I can gather because he’s obviously done a phenomenal job with our running backs.”

Fontenot will have a variety of tailbacks to work with in four-year veteran Ryan Grant, who’s returning from a season ending ankle injury, second-year player James Starks, who became the starter down the stretch of the Super Bowl run, and rookie Alex Green, the No. 96 pick Friday out of Hawaii.

The Packers finished the 2010 regular season No. 24 in the league with an average of 100.4 rushing yards per game.

The trade that never happened

ESPN reported Cincinnati made an attempt to move up to the No. 32 late Thursday night, but wasn’t able to persuade the Packers to trade. The Bengals had a need at quarterback and had targeted TCU’s Andy Dalton. However, the Packers chose to stand pat and take Mississippi State tackle Derek Sherrod.

Packers General Manager Ted Thompson fielded some trade offers, but chose to decline.

“Once it got to be our pick, we were pretty ready to go,” Thompson said. “We felt pretty comfortable with Derek.”

Locked out

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis granted the NFL a temporary stay of the injunction that lifted the lockout Friday. The league ordered teams to revert to lockout rules, meaning coaches cannot have contact with players, who are not allowed inside team facilities.

Thompson was asked how disruptive it was to have the league changing it status in the middle of the draft.

“No more than it does for all the other teams in the league,” Thompson said. “Nobody’s happy about any of this. But is what it is.

“The lockout is back into effect.”

Reach Copeland at kcopeland@greenbaypressgazette.com or at www.twitter.com/KareemCopeland.

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