Versatile playmaker that is dangerous with the ball in his hands. Very good after the catch because he has good acceleration and burst. Can make defenders miss in space. Does a good job on slants and screens because of his burst. Has the speed to challenge down the field. Works well in the wildcat, hitting the hole quickly and bouncing things on the second level. Shows good straight-line burst and acceleration when working on kickoffs, getting up to speed quickly and showing vision to find seams for the big return.
Has only average hands and doesn't show great ball skills. Doesn't do a good job in traffic. Doesn't show great vision when working as a runner in the wildcat, and will dance a bit too much in the backfield. Doesn't always get a great release off the line and just an average route runner. Gives minimal effort as a blocker and doesn't know how to get position in space. Will muff some kickoffs and can make some poor decisions when it comes to fielding punts.
Cobb fits well as an explosive, slot receiver that adds a lot of value and big play potential on special teams. He was the Percy Harvin of Kentucky's offense for two seasons as a dynamic playmaker with the ball in his hands. As a freshman, he split time at wide receiver and quarterback, having to finish the season as the starter in the latter role. Although it was much more akin to playing a true wildcat than a true quarterback role. But finished the year, completing 52 of 99 passes (52.5%) for 542 yards, 2 TDS, and 5 interceptions. He also rushed for 316 yards (4.0 avg) and 7 touchdowns, while catching 21 passes for 197 yards (9.4 avg) and 2 more scores. Became a full-time starter at wideout as a sophomore, rushing for 573 yards (6.1 avg) and 10 scores with 39 receptions (11.5 avg) and 4 more scores. Improved as a junior with 84 catches for 1017 yards (12.1 avg) and 7 touchdowns, while dading 424 rushing yards (7.7 avg) and 5 scores. Combined in his final two years, he completed 10 of 23 passes (43.5%) for 147 yards and 3 TDs. Also returned 63 punts for an average of 9.8 yards and 2 scores during his career, as well as 44 kickoffs for a 24.6 yard average. His cousins are former Chargers TE Shannon Mitchell (1994-97) and Rams WR Billy Williams (1996).
Cobb compares very favorably to a player like Josh Cribbs. He'll add immediate value as a return threat and can be a big-time playmaker there at the next level. But offensively, he can be limited because he's not really a natural receiver. But in the right offense he can be a very dangerous asset. That offense will use him on a lot of short routes like New England does with Wes Welker. There he can use his superior speed and burst to create matchup problems. While he has the speed to stretch the field, that speed becomes less of an asset the further he goes downfield because of his lack of ideal size, hands, and ball skills. He's a matchup nightmare for linebackers and safeties on underneath routes, but corners down the field will have little issue covering him. So for an offense that is going to make that a big part of their offense like New England does, he has Welker or Harvin-like potential to be a real big-time asset. But for another offense, like say Cleveland, he's not going to be anything more than a complementary guy that can make plays on occasion, but isn't a go-to asset. It's hard to predict him being as good as Welker and Harvin are because both are much more natural receivers, and like Cribbs, Cobb is more of an athlete playing wide receiver than a guy that has the natural instincts for the position. So it wouldn't surprise me if he does become a 60-70 catch receiver at the next level, but it will require a scheme that is going to take ample advantage of his skillset. Otherwise, he'll be a guy that only catches 30-40 passes a year as a No. 3 guy.
Cobb is more likely to be that 30-catch No. 3 guy in the Falcons offense than he is a true blue playmaker in the passing game. He can provide some splash plays for the Falcons because of his ability to break the short throws for big gains after the catch. But because the Falcons aren't a team that loves to spread out the defense, he's not giong to be as effective getting open and operating. He's definitely more dynamic than Harry Douglas because of what he can do on special teams, in the running game, and as a wildcat passer, but doesn't really bring anything to the table as a receiver that Douglas doesn't already bring and in greater areas because Douglas has better hands and more natural instincts as a receiver. He's probably not as consistent a return threat as Weems, but is a guy much more capable of taking it to the house, which means he can win that battle off the outside. Cobb can be a productive role player in Atlanta, but he'll be much more of an afterthought in the Mularkey-run offense than a go-to asset.
Purely as a receiver, he's probably only late third or fourth round value because he's limited to being just a slot receiver. For a team that is looking for their very own version of Welker or Harvin, pushes him up to being worth a second round pick. His value and potential as a return threat also makes him worth a look in the latter part of the second round.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
After Catch: 4.0
Body Control: 2.0
Scouting reports of the wide receivers in the 2011 Draft.
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