RANDALL COBB, Receiver/returner
On draft weekend, when Green Bay picked Cobb in the second round, the question posed by more than a few Packers fans was, "Why take a receiver so high? We don't need one." And that was before Green Bay had re-signed deep threat James Jones, who was a free agent. Then in training camp Cheeseheads began asking a different question: "Did you see what Cobb did today?"
One of the most dangerous players in college football last year, Cobb could give the Packers a huge lift as they try to repeat as Super Bowl champs. "Great, natural hands," says coach Mike McCarthy. "Elusive. Dangerous in the open field. He reminds me of Charles Woodson when he gets his hands on the ball." When you don't have any obvious holes—find one on the Packers; it's very hard to do—you can draft a return man with a chance to be your slot receiver of the future. At Kentucky the 5'10", 192-pound Cobb played quarterback (both standard and wildcat), running back, receiver and returner, scoring 37 touchdowns and throwing for five more in three seasons. He'll find an early role in the return game and then try to earn his way onto the field in five-receiver formations. Don't be surprised to see McCarthy, not a big wildcat practitioner, become one in his zeal to get this 21-year-old rookie as many touches as possible.