Most pundits project Cobb as second-round pick

ccosby@herald-leader.comApril 28, 2011 

  • First-round draft order

    1. Carolina

    2. Denver

    3. Buffalo

    4. Cincinnati

    5. Arizona

    6. Cleveland

    7. San Francisco

    8. Tennessee

    9. Dallas

    10. Washington

    11. Houston

    12. Minnesota

    13. Detroit

    14. St. Louis

    15. Miami

    16. Jacksonville

    17. New England (from Oakland)

    18. San Diego

    19. New York Giants

    20. Tampa Bay

    21. Kansas City

    22. Indianapolis

    23. Philadelphia

    24. New Orleans

    25. Seattle

    26. Baltimore

    27. Atlanta

    28. New England

    29. Chicago

    30. New York Jets

    31. Pittsburgh

    32. Green Bay

  • NFL Draft

    Thursday: Round 1 (8-11:30 p.m.)

    Friday: Rounds 2-3 (6-10:30 p.m.)

    Saturday: Rounds 4-7 (Noon-8 p.m.)

    Thursday's TV: ESPN, NFL Network

  • Kentuckyin the first round

    The University of Kentucky has had 13 players selected in the first round of the NFL Draft and two in the first round of the AFL Draft. Randall Cobb has an outside shot at joining this list Thursday night:

    1951 — Bob Gain, tackle, No. 5, Green Bay Packers

    1952 — Babe Parilli, quarterback, No. 4, Green Bay Packers

    1954 —Steve Meilinger, end, No. 8, Washington Redskins

    1958 — Lou Michaels, tackle, No. 4, Los Angeles Rams

    1962 — Irv Goode, center, No. 12, St. Louis Cardinals

    1963 — Tom Hutchinson, end, No. 9, Cleveland Browns

    1966 — Sam Ball, tackle, No. 15, Baltimore Colts

    1966 — Rick Norton, quarterback, No. 2 AFL, Miami Dolphins

    1966 — Rodger Bird, defensive back, no order available AFL, Oakland Raiders

    1977 — Warren Bryant, offensive tackle, No. 6, Atlanta Falcons

    1977 — Randy Burke, wide receiver, No. 26, Baltimore Colts

    1978 — Art Still, defensive tackle, No. 2, Kansas City Chiefs

    1985 — George Adams, tailback, No. 19, New York Giants

    1999 — Tim Couch, quarterback, No. 1, Cleveland Browns

    2003 — Dewayne Robertson, defensive tackle, No. 4, New York Jets

  • Top receiversin the draft

    Wide receivers expected to compete with Randall Cobb for spots in the first two rounds:

    A.J. Green, 6-4, Jr., Georgia

    Julio Jones, 6-4, Jr., Alabama

    Torrey Smith, 6-1, Jr., Maryland

    Jonathan Baldwin, 6-5, Jr., Pitt

    Titus Young, 5-11, Sr., Boise St.

    Greg Little, 6-3, Sr., N. Carolina

Randall Cobb will sit in the draft room in New York's Radio City Music Hall on Thursday night hoping to be the first University of Kentucky player to be chosen in the first round of an NFL Draft since Dewayne Robertson was picked fourth overall by the New York Jets in 2003.

Cobb was one of 25 prospects invited to the draft by the league, but according to most mock drafts the former UK wide receiver and all-purpose standout probably will be waiting until Friday night's second round to hear his name called.

Todd McShay of ESPN.com and Scouts Inc. projected Cobb as a first-round pick at one point, but Cobb was not included in the first round of the latest mock draft.

The Web site Walterfootball.com has Cobb going in the second round to the San Francisco 49ers with the No. 45 overall pick.

McShay ranks Cobb the No. 3 wide receiver on his board. His ESPN.com counterpart, Mel Kiper Jr., is not as high on Cobb and does not have him listed among his top five at the position.

Cobb, who decided to enter the draft after his junior season at UK, measured 5-foot-10¼ and weighed in at 191 pounds at the NFL Combine in February. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds. Cobb has received high grades for his competitiveness, toughness, big-play ability and ball skills.

The biggest questions about Cobb involve his lack of size and top-flight speed and his need to polish up on his skills as a receiver. He played the position full-time for just two years at UK.

Cobb, who recently signed an endorsement deal with Adidas, has worked out for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens.

Another UK player, senior running back Derrick Locke, is expected to be drafted in the mid-to-later rounds.

Several Kentucky seniors worked out for NFL scouts during the team's pro day at Nutter Field House in March and will be hoping to be selected in the seven-round, three-day draft or eventually find their way onto rosters as free agents when the league's labor dispute is resolved.

Those players include quarterback Mike Hartline, wide receiver Chris Matthews, fullback Moncell Allen, offensive tackle Brad Durham, defensive end DeQuin Evans, long snapper J.J. Helton, and defensive tackles Ricky Lumpkin and Shane McCord.

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