2015 NFL DRAFT
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Randall Cobb

| | College: Kentucky
 
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Overview

One of the most celebrated recent high school football players from Tennessee shocked everyone in 2008 by deciding to attend Kentucky, offering up one more nail in the coffin of Phil Fulmer's tenure as head coach at Tennessee.

Cobb immediately made the All-SEC Freshman team as a quarterback in 2008 despite starting only four games at the position, making the switch late in the season following four starts at receiver. It was immediately clear that Cobb was a triple threat to pass, run and catch on any play. Highlights of his true freshman year included catching two touchdowns late to rally the Wildcats against Arkansas,21-20, and 100 yards both passing and rushing against Georgia,

Too short to project to the NFL as a quarterback, Cobb found a home at receiver as a sophomore, where he was All-SEC as an "all purpose performer," averaging almost 140 yards per game in offense and kick/punt returns. He finished with 447 yards receiving, first on a team with inconsistent quarterback play. While Cobb was green at receiver, his natural athletic talent was obvious.

Cobb was ready for primetime in 2010, breaking out with 84 catches for 1,017 yards and seven touchdowns, not to mention an additional 424 yards rushing with five touchdowns and 955 combined yards returning punts and kicks. Game highlights included 12 catches for 171 yards against Mississippi State, 226 yards rushing and receiving with two touchdowns against Vanderbilt and 13 catches for 116 yards against Tennessee.

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, not to mention a dependable holder for field goals.

Bright, hard working, dedicated and athletic, Randall Cobb has a lot of talent and very little risk.

Analysis

Release: Extremely quick first step off the snap. Strong and physical enough to beat the press, but more likely to use quickness and elusiveness to escape coverage. Played in the slot and/or was in motion a lot. Very good at getting open quickly with cuts and burst.

Hands: Soft, natural hands are used to snatch the ball away from the body. Very few drops, even counting the two short ones over the middle vs. Pitt in the Compass Bowl from the backup quarterback. Adjusts well to the ball. Caught the ball in traffic a lot and almost always held on. Will hold onto the ball while taking a big hit. Secures the ball well and rarely puts it on the ground. Can be counted on to field punts and kickoffs cleanly. Holds for field-goal attempts.

Route running: Excellent, disciplined route running originates from being a former quarterback, knowing what happens when the route is not run correctly. Crisp, sharp cuts and turns. Breaks tackles and gets YAC consistently. Student of the game prides himself on not making mental errors. Not a true blazer, but fast enough, very shifty and tends to get separation consistently.

Blocking: Small frame limits the benefits of quality technique and effort. Will sacrifice body against larger defenders. Good knee bend, extension of arms and hand placement. True team player gives all in every assignment.

Intangibles: Dedicated to football. Puts in outstanding effort, leads by example and never takes a play off. Leader off the field, participating in a wide variety of community and charity causes. Honor Roll student in high school. Does the small things well, such as being a reliable holder for field goals. Received high praise from coaches. While Cobb missed a couple of games early in his career with minor injuries, he produced consistently during a healthy 2010 season.

--Brad Noel

Career Notes

Although not completing his eligibility, Cobb also posted outstanding career numbers during his three seasons with the Wildcats. He broke the UK all-time record for total touchdowns (37) and ranks fourth in career all-purpose yardage (4,674), fourth in career scoring (226 points), fifth in career pass receptions (144) and sixth in career receiving yardage (1,661). Cobb also earned a reputation as a clutch player. He scored the game-winning, come-from-behind fourth-quarter touchdown against five teams in his career - Arkansas in 2008; Louisville, at Auburn and at Georgia in 2009; and South Carolina in 2010.

2010 Season

Cobb broke the SEC single-season record for all-purpose yardage with 2,396 yards. He led the SEC in receptions per game by catching 84 passes for 1,017 yards and seven touchdowns but his value far exceeded those contributions. He played quarterback in the "WildCobb" formation and rushed for 424 yards and five touchdowns and threw three TD passes in that role.

Cobb's versatility as an all-purpose player is underscored by the fact that he was the only player in the nation who ranked first or second on his team in rushing, passing and receiving in 2010. He put points on the board eight different ways this season - rushing, receiving and passing for touchdowns; returning a punt for a TD; throwing for a TD on a fake field goal; and notching two-point conversions by rushing, passing and receiving.

2009 Season

First-team All-SEC as an all-purpose player by The Associated Press and ESPN.com … Won team awards as UK's Most Valuable Player, Most Outstanding Offensive Player and Most Inspirational Offensive Player … Ranked second in the SEC in touchdowns, third in punt returns, fourth in all-purpose yardage and seventh in scoring … Also would have ranked fifth in the league in kickoff returns, but did not have enough returns to qualify … Led the team in receiving with 39 catches for 447 yards and four touchdowns … Had seven catches for a career-best 96 yards in the opener vs. Miami (Ohio) … Had three game-winning touchdowns in the fourth quarter -- a 12-yard TD catch with 4:28 remaining vs. Louisville; a four-yard run at Auburn with 3:17 left that was set up by his own career-long 61-yard run; and a one-yard run at Georgia with 9:55 to go in the game … Scored 15 total touchdowns, second on the UK single-season list … Second on the team in rushing with 573 yards and 10 TDs … Reached the century mark with 109 rushing yards at Auburn and 101 vs. Tennessee … Returned 24 punts for 308 yards, including a 73-yard TD jaunt against ULM … Averaged 26.5 yards on kickoff returns … Averaged 139.4 all-purpose yards per game, with a career-high 237 all-purpose vs. Mississippi State.

2008 Season

Named to the SEC All-Freshman team at quarterback … Played in 11 games, starting four games at wide receiver and then the last four games of the regular season at quarterback … Won his first QB start at Mississippi State and is believed to be the first UK true freshman QB to start and and win an SEC road game since freshmen became eligible in the early 1970s … Rushed for a season-high 82 yards and three touchdowns vs. Georgia … Threw for a career-best 144 yards vs. Vanderbilt … Playing in the Arkansas game as a wide receiver, he caught two touchdown passes in the final 4:15 to give the Wildcats a dramatic 21-20 come-from-behind victory over the Razorbacks … Wore uniform No. 12 in the Arkansas game as a tribute to Dicky Lyons, who had suffered a season-ending injury the previous week … Was named SEC Freshman of the Week for his effort vs. Arkansas … By the end of the season, was the only player in the nation who was the team's starting quarterback and punt returner … Missed all of one game and most of two others because of a high ankle sprain sustained vs. Middle Tennessee.

High School

Named "Mr. Football" for Class AA in Tennessee … Dual-threat quarterback from perennial power Alcoa HS … Alcoa won four-consecutive state championships, the last two with Cobb at the offensive controls as the starting QB … Team posted a 27-3 mark during his two campaigns as a starter … As a senior, completed 89 of 139 passes (64.0 percent) for 1,765 yards, 22 touchdowns, and only two interceptions … Rushed for 793 yards, a 9.0-yard average per carry, and 13 touchdowns … During his junior season, threw for 1,893 yards, 25 TDs, and just four interceptions … All-state as a junior and senior … Coached by Gary Rankin … One of the top-11 prospects in Tennessee by the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel … One of the top-20 prospects in Tennessee, according to Rivals.com … Four-year member of the track team, competing in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, along with the 4x100- and 4x200-meter relays … Finished third in the state in the 100 his senior year, with a best time of 10.75 seconds … Clocked a personal-best 21.89 in the 200 … His 4x100 relay unit was second in the state his junior year … An all-district basketball player as a junior … Honor-roll student … Named to Who's Who Among American High School Students.

Personal

Born in Maryville, Tenn. … Son of Randall Sr. and Tina Cobb … A cousin, Shannon Mitchell, played football for Georgia and the NFL's San Diego Chargers … Another cousin, Billy Williams, played football at Tennessee and the NFL's St. Louis Rams … Major is community communications and leadership development.

 
 
Latest News
03/25/2011 - Kentucky Pro day: In a league that craves versatility, Randall Cobb is rising on draft boards thanks to his jack-of-all-trades skill set. Cobb was one of 10 NFL hopefuls who worked out in front of representatives from 24 teams at Kentucky's pro day on March 10. The workouts were held indoors on FieldTurf. Standing at 5-foot-10 1/4 and 191 pounds at the combine, Cobb worked out with former NFL wideout and current Carolina Panthers offensive consultant Ricky Proehl, Cincinnati Bengals running back coach Jim Anderson, and New York Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn. He's had three private workouts with another scheduled for this week. The teams have asked Cobb not to reveal who they are. Cobb kept all of the numbers from his impressive combine showing, and stuck with positional drills at Kentucky. With the ability to run the wildcat, line up at wide receiver, running back or as a special teams returner, Cobb is an elastic talent who may have punched his ticket to the second round next month. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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