Legendary senior writer jclombardi reviews Packers 2nd round pick WR Cobb.
In the second round, the Packers chose WR Randall Cobb. SI presents a good breakdown: Positives:“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.” Negatives: Not a true deep threat. Analysis: Cobb has been tremendously productive on the college level. He’s a multipurpose offensive threat with the skills to be a second receiver and return man on the NFL level. As the NFL.com says: Cobb’s a ‘tweener lacking the size to be a full-time back or the ball skills and deep speed of a pure receiver. However, he could still make plays as a scat back, sub-package slot receiver and as a returner. Possesses solid vision, enough quickness to get the corner and gain yards after short passes but isn’t a true home run threat. Could be an effective third down back with his short area speed and route-running but hands need to be more consistent and he has a ways to go in pass protection.
WR RANDALL COBB HIGHLIGHTS:
Overall analysis: Predicted 2nd round Packers pick. Obviously, the Packers are looking to potentially replacing free agent Jones with a versatile WR/KR. Maybe. 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. Grade: B+.