Official Scouting Report For Randall Cobb

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Randall Cobb

Player School Jersey Year Entered Position
 Randall Cobb Kentucky 18 2008 Slot Receiver
Height Weight Time (40) Time (20) Time (10)
5:10.2 191 4.46 2.53 1.56
20-yd Shuttle 60-yd Shuttle Three-cone Drill Vertical Jump Broad Jump
4.34 11.56 7.08 33 ½" 9'9"
Bench Press Arms Hands Wing Span Position Pro Rank
225x16 31" 9 3/8" 73 3/8" Slot Receiver and Return Specialist
2010 Best Games Western Kentucky, Mississippi, Auburn, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Charleston Southern, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Pittsburgh
2010 Worst Games Louisville, Akron, Georgia
2009 Best Games Miami (Oh.), Louisville, South Carolina, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Tennessee
2009 Worst Games Florida, Georgia, Clemson
Body Structure Cobb has a lean and muscular frame with room to add more bulk without it affecting his excellent quickness. He displays a tight waist, defined legs (thighs, calves and ankles), developed abdomen, good bubble and high cut legs with well-developed hamstrings. He possesses good width in his shoulders and chest and low body fat.
General Report
Athletic Ability Cobb has good overall muscle development and appears to have more than enough strength to defeat the jam. He demonstrates an explosive burst coming off the snap and the loose hips to make defenders miss when weaving through traffic (see 2010 Mississippi,, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt games). He shows that second gear to turn a slant pass into a long gainer and with his exceptional playing speed and burst, he can proudly proclaim that he has never been tackled from behind during his career. He is much more than just a receiver, as he has the lower body power to handle the rushing load and break tackles working through the pile. He also displays the vision and patience to follow his blockers and then turn on the after-burners to beat the defense down the sidelines. He has outstanding hip snap and agility to elude in attempts to gain big yardage after the catch. He makes smooth body adjustments and possesses solid hands and extension to catch away from his frame. He has outstanding balance, speed and change-of-direction agility. He shows the second level speed and explosiveness with a fluid natural running motion to run past most defenders in isolated coverage.
Football Sense Cobb has incredible vision and a great feel for locating the soft spots on the field. He might take his eyes off the ball a few times, but is quick to recover and settle under the pass. He shows good route refinement and adjustments thanks to his loose hips and is alert to pocket pressure, working back quickly when the quarterback is flushed out (see 2010 Louisville and Vanderbilt games). He shows keen awareness on the field, especially with keeping his feet along the sidelines. He is quick to settle into the holes in the zone and is very effective as a cut blocker because of his feel for taking angles. He finds the open areas quickly and does a nice job of working back for the ball, as he can rely on his speed rather to go with his football experience. He is a good learner who needs just a few reps, thanks to solid retention skills.
Character Cobb is the university's "poster child." He is outgoing and warm-hearted, displaying a work ethic that even the most impatient coach will fall in love with. He has no character issues and even though he was an under-classman, he did a good job of concentrating on academics and served as team captain.
Competitiveness Cobb is the type that plays with a swagger, but also lets his final statistics speak volumes for his competitive nature. He is fearless going for the ball in traffic and will sacrifice himself without hesitation to make the play (see 2010 South Carolina and Auburn games). He loves to compete and is very confident with producing when his number is called during crunch time. He is very tough and aggressive going for the ball, and seems to have a "fullback's approach" when facing up as a blocker. When he is in the "zone," he will give a good, consistently high effort and he always comes prepared to play. He has good fearlessness, as it is rare to see him take the ball out of bounds, preferring rather to drive through the defender. He will perform through pain.
Athletic Report
Release Cobb simply explodes out of his stance and past a lethargic defender to instantly get into his patterns. One noticeable improvement that he made as a senior was showing that he can be just as smooth as sudden in his release, which will generally fool the defender and get the man covering him to come out of the backpedal too early. He has the ability to elude the press with his quickness and footwork. He has also become much more active using his hands to prevent from getting held up when the physical cornerback attempts to stab him initially. He has that natural second gear to gobble up the cushion and get behind the cornerbacks on deep routes (see 2010 Western Kentucky, Mississippi and Mississippi State games). He does a nice job of sinking pads and it is hard to mirror him once he gets past his opponent. He also generates decent hand usage to beat the press. He shows outstanding foot quickness and hip shake with suddenness when trying to change direction (very good at freezing defenders at the line of scrimmage). The thing you notice mostly on film is his exceptional acceleration to get up field once he creates the lane. Unlike most speedsters, he does not dance too much at the line and that allows him to show outstanding quickness in his release, with the shiftiness and avoidance ability at the line of scrimmage to defeat the press. Even though he is still developing strength, he does a good job of pushing off the defender and quickly eludes with his swim move.
Acceleration Cobb shows excellent burst and explosion in his RAC, as he has the feet and loose hips to change direction without needing to gather or throttle down. He runs very crisp routes and has more than enough quickness, spin and swim movement to escape from tight man coverage (see 2010 Auburn and Pittsburgh games). His burst has that "catch me if you can" label for defenders to view as he races by. Once he gets a clean release and into the second level, it is nearly impossible to slow him down. He has great body control and adjustment skills to maintain stride and speed running through tight quarters. He might not look like he has size to run through traffic, but with his strength and burst, he easily creates separation to turn the slants and fades into big gainers. He is reliable catching the ball (secured 79% of passes targeted to him in 2010). His exceptional speed is more evident on deep patterns, where he consistently gets behind the defender. He has good leaping ability, and even though he lacks ideal height, he greatly improved his timing. If a defender hesitates, Cobb can change gears and beat his man, gaining 63.44% of his yardage after the catch during his last two seasons. He is quick to uncover and even quicker to separate on short patterns. He shows exceptional ability to get open deep, displaying that superb speed needed to take the ball to the house.
Quickness Cobb did not have a strong-armed quarterback to work with the last two years, resulting in him being used mostly on controlled and underneath routes, but it is evident that he can get vertical in an instant. He does a good job of getting under the deep throws, turning nicely to make the over-the-shoulder grabs. He is blessed with outstanding quickness on the field. He makes short and sharp cuts without having to break stride and his initial burst is sudden, especially when left uncontested. He can avoid defenders on the move, create lanes and get up field in an instant once he gets a clean release. It is rare to see him get "too busy" with the press corners at the line of scrimmage and he quickly gains advantage on the defender due to his speed. He has a good feel for knowing when to gear down in order to prevent from out-running the ball.
Route Running This is probably Cobb's most improved area. He used to round his cuts at times and drift in and out on long patterns, but has shown vast improvement the last two years, running precise routes with good suddenness. He has a nice array of head fakes and double moves to con and sell the defender, proving to be especially slippery on slants, as he drops his weight well and gets back to the ball with little-to-no wasted motion. If you need a receiver to fly off the line, especially on posts, this is where he excels. He has the ability to make things happen on comeback routes, showing good urgency working back when the QB is flushed. He displays excellent quickness and foot speed in and out of his breaks. When he plays at a low pad level, he gets into his routes immediately. He shows good set up and body control and knows how to use his hands to prevent the defender from attacking him and trying to reroute him with a strong push.
Separation Ability Cobb has really developed his escape skills as a senior, more out of necessity, as the team did not have a quarterback with the arm strength to stretch the defense. He has that explosive burst to get vertical and will simply blow past defenders, in addition to showing the vision to find the void and settle. There is no doubt that he will be able to gain separation vs. NFL cornerbacks. He has shown marked improvement sinking his hips and exploding out of his breaks, no longer struggling to separate when he comes off the snap with an erect stance (did this as a sophomore). He is better served as a slot receiver, as he excels at taking slants and crossers for big yardage rather than lining out wide. He is very effective when it comes to setting up defenders, as he displays good head and shoulder fakes, relying on his burst and second gear to elude. He has that speed and burst allows him to consistently get past defenders. He is very quick out of his breaks, especially when trying to pull and separate with vertical routes and short runs, and has done a nice job of being more conscious of playing with a low pad level.
Ball Adjustment Cobb shows above average body control and agility, keeping his head on a swivel to easily look the ball in without breaking stride. He makes great catches seem routine and you have to love his "moxie" trying to get physical in attempts to take the ball away from defenders (see 2010 Mississippi State, Tennessee and Pittsburgh games). He shows good courage going up for the ball to high point the pass in traffic. He has more than enough strength to hold up to punishing hits he takes going over the middle. He has the ability to make proper adjustments on ball and is very athletic to turn his body around as he tracks the ball well. His flexibility and ability to turn allows him to excel at adjusting to the off-target passes.
Leaping Ability Cobb worked hard improving his timing prior to 2009 and just six balls were knocked down by the opposition during his senior year. He has no fear going up and catching the ball at its high point, showing much better explosion when elevating to get to the pass. He has very good leaping ability, showing the ability to go get the ball and out jump, especially on deep patterns.
Hands
Cobb does a nice job of catching every ball thrown his way. He has the soft, natural hands, along with the ability to snatch high and away from his frame. He displays above average ball security skills to excel as a receiver, on the reverse and when returning kicks. He looks natural getting elevation and extension to catch outside his frame and if he drops a pass, it is usually the result of momentarily losing focus. He has soft, natural hands, extending well to catch away from the body's framework. He is not the type that will revert to body catching, as he is a soft hands catcher who just needs to learn how to time his leaps properly to get to the pass at its highest point.
Run After the Catch
Cobb is an exciting and electrifying open field runner. He is an elusive shaker with excellent change of direction skills, sort of like a water bug the way he can slip, slide and elude on the move. He not only shows good quickness working in the short area, but great toughness, as well. He has outstanding skill set in terms of speed, quickness, agility and change of direction. He is tough to bring down in isolated coverage and does a nice job of sidestepping low tackles. When he is out in front, he will generally win most foot races (never caught from behind in college). More than 40% of his career yardage has come after the catch.
Blocking Ability
Cobb is a highly effective cut blocker, possibly the best in this draft, who shows a great desire to face up to blitzers working in the backfield or along the line. He is more of a pester type working in-line, but he has that field vision and desire to do the job of seeking out and neutralizing defenders, especially in the backfield.
Special Teams
Cobb is an electrifying punt returner and capable kickoff returner. What is most impressive about him is that on 61 returns, the "table setter" had long returns that set up 30 Kentucky scoring drives, as he was tackled for a loss just twice on those attempts.
Compares To
HINES WARD-Pittsburgh…It is hard to find one NFL player that Cobb is similar to. He has the receiving skills of former Rams Pro Bowler Torry Holt, but as a slot receiver and returner, he also draws comparisons to Steve Breaston, even though he is a bit bigger and stronger. His all-around game, as a receiver, running back, returner and cut blocker is closer to the all-around play of Hines Ward than any other NFL type. Much like Carolina's Steven Smith, once he gets that ball in his hands, he becomes the most dangerous weapon on the field.

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