Simmie Cobbs Draft Profile

Simmie Cobbs Draft Profile

Strengths:

  • Has NFL size and frame
  • Body control comes very naturally
  • Plus ball tracking
  • Zone-beater who finds the holes and widens out as a target for his quarterback
  • Focus and hand-eye coordination improve the further down the field he goes
  • Can body and separate near goal line and understands how to widen passer windows with his free arm on deep sideline throws
  • Routes are smooth when unchallenged in space
  • Willing to put some work in as a blocker

Analysis: Simmie Cobbs has the ideal NFL size and frame you look for in a big wideout. He knows how to use that body and frame to his advantage, boxing out defenders and reeling in catches with his solid ball skills. His focus and hand-eye coordination improve the further down the field he goes. When he doesn’t have a man on him in tight coverage, he does a solid job with his route running looking more natural with his movements in open space. At times, Cobbs impresses with unreal contested catches, but then struggles to bring in the easiest of receptions. He will likely make a living in the NFL hauling in those kinds of contested catches due to his lack of separation, but if he can focus and put in the work needed, he can become a WR1 in this league. There are too many questions out there currently to say he undoubtedly will.

Weaknesses:

  • Play speed is a concern
  • Gets derailed by strong press corners
  • Tight man coverage stays tight
  • Below average separation quickness and can’t run under the deep throws
  • Gets lazy with catch technique
  • Slow stutter-and-go makes double moves ineffective
  • Posted dismal career drop rate of 11.4 percent including sure-fire touchdowns against Purdue, Ohio State and Rutgers
  • Struggles with securing low throws
  • Needs an accurate QB
  • Too reliant upon size and will need to become a more proficient route-runner

Analysis: Simmie Cobbs’ size and body control down the field will be enticing to teams, but he doesn’t separate and he lacks general quickness. Cobbs toggles between bad drops and great catches and needs to find more stability as a pass catcher since he’ll have to make a living handling contested catch situations. Cobbs may need scheme help to get off the line against big, press corners and looks unlikely to become a heavily targeted receiver as a pro. He lacks the ideal speed you look for in a wideout and his 4.64 40-time at the combine left scouts wanting more. He will need an accurate QB at the next level to find success. His drop rate is scary bad and on tape he dropped critical touchdowns against three Big Ten conference schools. His lack of separation in college could only continue to get worse in the pros.

Size: 6’4 220lbs

Draft Grade: 4th Round

NFL Comparison: Terrelle Pryor Sr.

Draft Projection: Round 4

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