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2011 NFL Draft: Packers Grab WR/KR/PR Randall Cobb From Kentucky

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Welcome to Green Bay, Randall Cobb!

Ted Thompson selected the All-American WR from Kentucky with the 64th overall selection of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Welcome to Green Bay, Randall Cobb! Ted Thompson selected the All-American WR from Kentucky with the 64th overall selection of the 2011 NFL Draft.

In the 2011 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers elected to bolster their WR position, as well as help out the KR and PR spots, by selecting Randall Cobb out of Kentucky.

Cobb offers an immediate upgrade to the return game on special teams (which will hopefully mean no more Tramon Williams punt returns), and a solid threat from the slot receiver position.

Randall Cobb recorded 84 receptions for 1,017 yards in 2010, along with 7 touchdowns. However, Cobb has a more notable SEC record 2,396 yards of total offense in 2010. In 2010, Cobb had 4 games with more than 100 yards receiving, along with a game of 170 yards rushing.

From Cobb's biography on the Official Kentucky Athletics Site:

One of the nation's most versatile performers ... Dynamic playmaker at wide receiver, quarterback, punt returner and kickoff returner ... Sees action primarily as a wide receiver and also plays quarterback in what one reporter nicknamed the "WildCobb" formation ... Also holds for placekicks ... has scored four game-winning fourth-quarter touchdowns during his career ... Has played in 23 career games, with 20 starts ...

Kevin Seifert's take on Cobb:

Normally, a team that features Greg Jennings, Donald Driver and Jordy Nelson wouldn't consider receiver a priority, but the possible departure of Jones and Driver's age (36) made it a position of (some) need. 

Enter Randall Cobb, a 5-foot-10 playmaker who will have a chance to develop in the Packers offense but who ultimately should provide them a unique presence in multiple spots. He might even be the punt and/or kickoff returner the Packers lacked last season. 

Packers coach Mike McCarthy runs plenty of four- and even five-receiver sets, making receiver depth more important that most teams. I imagine McCarthy is already thinking of the possibilities for Cobb, who played both running back and receiver for Kentucky. 

Last season, in fact, Cobb averaged 7.7 yards per carry in the running game (55 carries for 424 yards) and also caught 84 passes for 1,017 yards. He accounted for a total of 12 touchdowns.

Joel Thorman from SBNation...

With the 64th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers selected WR Randall Cobb.

So WR James Jones can wonder what this pick means. Cobb was believed to be one of several second round picks and he barely made it in with the last pick. He's a great punt returner as well. 

This gives QB Aaron Rodgers another weapon. As if the NFL needed the Super Bowl champion QB to have any more weapons.

Cobb was a First Team All-American in 2010 (Associated Press, ESPN, and Sports Illustrated). He was named to the All-SEC First Team in 2009 and 2010, after making the All-SEC Freshman Team in 2008. After his incredible 2010 campaign, Cobb declared for the NFL Draft.

And now, he's a member of the Green Bay Packers. Welcome aboard!


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