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CEDRIC COBBS
Cedric Cobbs - RB Position: RB
Class: Sr
School: Arkansas
Conference: SEC
Ht., Wt.: 6'0, 223
40 Time: 4.75
Grade: 3.59

Selected by New England Patriots
Round 4, pick 32 (128 overall)
BIO: First team all-conference choice in 2003 after rushing numbers of 227/1,320/10 with 8/34 as a receiver. Started the first four games of his junior campaign but sustained turf toe and finished the season with 74/399/2 on the ground. Suffered a hamstring injury in '01, playing in nine games and rushing for 102/340/7 on the year. Made an impact on the program as a true freshman in 1999 with a team-leading 116/668/3 carrying the ball. Sat out the 2000 campaign with a separated right shoulder. Arrested in January of 2002 for DWI and possession of marijuana but has since been tested every month by the school.

POSITIVES: Big, powerful ball carrier who can be a team's feature running back when healthy. Sees the field, quickly finds the running lanes and will pick and choose his spots through the defense. Patient, waits for blocks to develop then slides through the small creases. Runs powerfully and easily breaks the first tackle, picking up yardage off initial contact. Plays with terrific balance and easily regains running form off attempted tackles. Aggressive and moves the pile. Adequate quickness, footwork and the ability to bounce to the outside and make the first man miss. Flashes skill as a receiver and effective running after the reception.

NEGATIVES: Not explosive and has more built-up speed than a sudden burst. Fumbled the ball more than usual as a senior. Prior run-ins with the law are well documented and at one time labeled a "soft" player by his coaches. Durability is a major question.

ANALYSIS: After his freshman season with the Razorbacks, Cobbs established himself as the next franchise running back to come from the college ranks. Injury and transgressions then slowed his development while limiting his playing time. Though Cobbs responded with a tremendous senior campaign, he must still prove he can stay healthy for an entire season to be a feature ball carrier in the NFL.

PROJECTION: Late Third Round


Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

2003 Receiving Statistics
Receptions Receiving Yards Yards Per Reception Touchdowns
8 34 4.3 0

2003 Rushing Statistics
Rushing Yards Attempts Average per Rush Touchdowns
1320 227 5.8 10

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