2017 NFL DRAFT

David Cobb, RB

School: Minnesota  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Killeen, TX
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 229 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
96103

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.812.72-17 38 1/2---
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.732.721.6417 38 1/210'1"--

Player Overview

Cobb is only one of several relatively unheralded talents in a potentially outstanding class of running backs. While he is productive, durable and reliable, there isn't much on tape that separates Cobb from other backs. Not too long ago, Minnesota was churning out running backs to the NFL, most notably Laurence Maroney and Marion Barber, and Cobb will be the first Gopher back drafted since Maroney in 2006.

The Big Ten produced seven 1,000-plus-yard rushers in 2013, including Cobb, who recorded 1,202 yards on the ground, the first Gopher to reach that mark since 2006. With under 100 yards in his career entering the season, he was an unknown to most, but quickly made a name for himself as a reliable option out of the backfield.

That production continued in 2014, including a 145-yard, three-touchdown effort in a hard-fought loss to Ohio State.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Built well and has the physical appearance of a NFL back with good body thickness and a compact frame. Good forward lean and leg drive to run through contact.

His offensive line doesn't do him many favors opening holes, but he shows enough vision to attack through creases and run downhill to the second level. Fluid changing directions without having to slow down, which makes him tough to target for defenders to hit cleanly.

WEAKNESSES: More efficient than dynamic. Lacks the electric jump-cut or first-step acceleration of elite prospects.

Struggles to do much after initial contact as an inside runner and lacks explosive qualities to consistently bounce runs outside or escape the pursuit of defenders. Mostly a one-speed runner and isn't the type of player who wins with shifty moves in space.

Does an adequate job in pass protection but needs to deliver more pop at contact and play up to his strength.

-Dane Brugler & Rob Rang

 
 
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