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Kentucky's Cobb says Packers the perfect fit

Randall Cobb answered questions during a news conference at Radio City Music Hall.
Randall Cobb answered questions during a news conference at Radio City Music Hall. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Randall Cobb hasn't bought a cheesehead to wear or perfected the Lambeau Leap just yet. But the former University of Kentucky star is thrilled to be going into what he sees as a "perfect fit" with the NFL's Green Bay Packers.

Cobb had to wait until the last pick of the second round to hear his name called in last week's draft, and he was the last remaining of the 25 prospects who were invited to the green room in New York City.

But Cobb said the fact that he landed with the defending Super Bowl champions made it well worth the wait.

"It was the best thing that ever could have happened to me," Cobb said.

"To wait as long as I did and for things to work out the way they did, God works in mysterious ways. Just for me to have a chance to play for Green Bay, such a powerful organization and so well-known and so much tradition, it's going to be a great experience."

Cobb said the only contact he had with the Packers leading up to the draft were brief conversations during the NFL Combine in March.

"The more I learned about this process, the more it shows that some teams will show interest, but some teams don't so they can pick you up whenever they get the chance," he said.

Cobb said the wait was tougher on his family than him and said he fell into the best position of any of the wide receivers who were drafted. The Packers have perhaps the league's most explosive passing offense led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and Cobb figures to pay immediate dividends as a return specialist.

With the possibility of a lengthy NFL lockout looming, Cobb said he'll just work out on his own to stay in shape.

"There's not too much I can do about it," Cobb said. "I just focus on what I can handle, and that's being prepared and being ready when the lockout's over."

Cobb's personable nature figures to make him a favorite in Green Bay, which is known for having one of the most passionate fan bases in pro sports. Cobb, who will wear No. 18 as he did at Kentucky, said his followers on Twitter increased from 16,000 to nearly 23,000 in the days after the draft.

"It's so much love," he said. "They send so many messages everyday. I can't wait to get up there and meet some of the fans and learn about the city and the history of the Packers. It's been remarkable. They all seem happy that I'm there and going to be a part of that family."

Not only will Cobb get to play for football-hungry fans, he'll also be going to a historic franchise that figures to compete for Super Bowls for several years. Cobb sees that as another benefit of his draft position, as he won't have to wallow in a multi-year rebuilding situation.

"These guys know what it takes to get (to the Super Bowl) and know what we have to do to get back to that position," Cobb said. "Coming into that situation and learning how to push yourself to get to that level is very important, and I can learn very fast how to get there."

Cobb often said during his time at UK that he used as motivation the fact that many colleges overlooked him as a high school prospect. He said he'll do the same with the many NFL teams that passed over him on draft night.

"I've already been doing that," he said. "The day I got drafted I went and worked out that night. I'm going to use it as motivation like I always have."