Randall Cobb taken by Green Bay Packers

The wait eventually came to an end for Randall Cobb.

A green-room guest at Radio City Music Hall for the opening rounds of the NFL draft in New York, the former Alcoa High School star had a longer stay than he might have liked.

But after sitting behind the stage for all of the first round on Thursday and 63 picks in all, the University of Kentucky product finally had his decision to forego his senior season validated by the Green Bay Packers, when the franchise took him with the final pick of the second round Friday night.

The reigning Super Bowl champions added one more piece to its high-powered offense as it prepares for a title defense, picking the four-time state champion with Alcoa and one of the most versatile weapons the SEC has ever seen.

“This guy is interesting, Randall Cobb,” ESPN analyst and former NFL coach Jon Gruden said during the broadcast. “Think about it, you know your Packers, they know how to draft receivers at this place. Let’s get another young horse that’s a little different than all of them. This guy is a Wildcat quarterback, he started four or five games at Kentucky and threw over 100 passes in his career. He’s an exceptional punt returner, I think he’s a natural kickoff and punt return man, as good as there is in this draft.

“That’s value.”

If the Packers did indeed get a steal with the last pick of the second round, Cobb had to sit on the shelf for a while to become a bargain. The NFL invited 25 players to participate in the draft festivities, and Cobb wound up being the last one to receive a phone call.

But when the do-it-all receiver did hear his name called, his potential and ability to fill multiple roles for Green Bay were widely considered a perfect fit.

“That’s the value he’s going to bring the Packers, who need his capability,” ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. said. “His ability as a receiver, he needs to just settle in and work more on becoming natural catching the ball. I thought he was one of the MVPs of college football with the job he did at Kentucky, he did it all.

“He was a one-man show in a lot of those games, and his film had some of the most versatile plays going into the NFL you’ll see in years.”

After the Packers made it official with Cobb and rescued him from backstage, the next step is getting ready to put some professional highlights on his tape.

And if nothing else, Green Bay and star quarterback Aaron Rodgers should be able to provide him with numerous ways to do it.

“When you watch Randall Cobb . . . you add this guy to the mix, he can line up anywhere,” Gruden said. “You can put him in the slot and he can catch the ball away from his body and he’s a natural open-field runner.

“This guy is a luxury for the Packers, and (coach) Mike McCarthy is going to have a lot of fun diagramming plays for this guy.”

Austin Ward covers Tennessee football. He may be reached at 865-342-6274. Follow him at http://twitter.com/Vols_Beat and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/ward.

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Comments » 41

eVOLved writes:

GBO country!

SEC1 writes:

wow..... kentucky has a draft pick before the vols.... history has been made

dislikethemtrolls writes:

in response to SEC1:

wow..... kentucky has a draft pick before the vols.... history has been made

Records are made to be broken.

voloffaith writes:

Hate to tell sEC1 that teams draft based on needs not the school they played for. Congrats to a young man who took advantage of a good opportunity and has parlayed that into a potential job with a pretty good payday.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to voloffaith:

Hate to tell sEC1 that teams draft based on needs not the school they played for. Congrats to a young man who took advantage of a good opportunity and has parlayed that into a potential job with a pretty good payday.

Vol4gzus,

Never mind the kid.

He thinks he's cute. Unfortunately, all the time he spends here looking silly means he is not attending to his homework.

SEC1 writes:

i don't care what orangecountyvol thinks, any time a kentucky player or vandy player get drafted before a "big" orange player something is very wrong.... when was the last time a vol did not go in the first or second round and maybe the third? ...just saying

SEC1 writes:

not to rub it in but every top program in the sec has had one or more picks already ...bama 3, fl 2, lsu 2, ga 1, au 2, cocky 1, razorbacks 1, even msu had a first rounder

Vol43 writes:

God what a pest you are SUC1, but it's a good day for the Packers. Boy, they got a goodun.

Vol43 writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Why don't you two just lick each others faces.

tree_em_smokey writes:

in response to SEC1:

not to rub it in but every top program in the sec has had one or more picks already ...bama 3, fl 2, lsu 2, ga 1, au 2, cocky 1, razorbacks 1, even msu had a first rounder

What do you want?...? A cookie, someone to pat you on the back. You know sports programs run in cycles. So the question is when UT starts beating you and you guys have down years are you still gonna come on here talking smack? Answer= NO.

Vol43 writes:

I know what's got you all fired up SEC! You've been watching too much of the royal wedding and you're sexually frustrated.

tree_em_smokey writes:

Good job Randall! Always glad when a local kid succeeds! GBO!!!

huntined#565710 writes:

GREAT for this kid as he is a good player and maybe should have been a VOL but he did great at KY and I wish him the best..

Vol43 writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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BodeaneVol, I have a feeling that you and SEC1 could really have a good time together. That's okay, you don't owe me anything.

Vol43 writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Oh but I bet you have.

Vol43 writes:

People like you don't get on sites like this unless there are deep rooted issues.

stormblast writes:

in response to SEC1:

not to rub it in but every top program in the sec has had one or more picks already ...bama 3, fl 2, lsu 2, ga 1, au 2, cocky 1, razorbacks 1, even msu had a first rounder

It's friday night, you are counting draft picks ahead of the opposing team. What's on for Saturday night - pumicing corns on grandma's feet, bragging to the cats about what you posted on this site, rearranging the bow ties by color? Charlie Sheen could not keep up with you.

VOLliven2it writes:

Wow, I thought this article was about Randall Cobb. It became about some really ridiculous people who need to go to other sites.
Hey Cobb man, major congrats. I believe you were worthy of going higher but that's moot now. You get to play and deserve the chance. Green Bay is a great organization though I am not a big fan. Now GO SHOW what an Alcoan can do when he gets the football on a big stage.

Vol43 writes:

BodeaneVol, SEC1 are just a few of the regular jesters we see all the time. The one I have the biggest problem with is CSS (cantstansaban). This man is the worst of the worst. Why they haven't tossed him is beyond me. The cruel way he made light of the disaster in Alabama. Over 300 people have lost their lives in the storm and CSS makes light of it. This man supports and represents Vanderbilt University. I wonder what the folks at Vanderbilt would think if 'one of their own' was out there speaking on behalf of Vandy. The thing is he's not one of their own. He has contrived the whole thing and is using the name of Vanderbilt. He's not a nice person.

Vol43 writes:

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I'm with you on all that. And one more thing...you're a great guy and one whose opinions I respect.

EarlThePearl writes:

in response to SEC1:

not to rub it in but every top program in the sec has had one or more picks already ...bama 3, fl 2, lsu 2, ga 1, au 2, cocky 1, razorbacks 1, even msu had a first rounder

Wow Florida only had 2, it goes to show that Rural Meyer does not know how to evaluate Talent. With 4 star player backing up 5 star player at every position, they should have had at least 5 to 7 players drafted. Rural saw the handwriting on the wall and quit just in Time. I am sure Charlie Weis and his new assistant Galen Muschamp will be able to improve on this. Bama almost has as many losses as draft picks. Looks like Lou Saban's nephew took all that talent to a Fulmeresque 3 loss season. UT has walk-ons backing up 2 star players, so no surprise that there are no draft picks.

thetrollhunter writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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LOL be honest Z we all saw you in the basketball chatrooms talking about how you like to wear women's clothes. I'm not sure why that's something you would be proud of, or really want to share with the public. To each his own I suppose

jimr07 writes:

in response to SEC1:

wow..... kentucky has a draft pick before the vols.... history has been made

You can brag all you want. The NFL network is starting a series tonight the 100 best players in the NFL in 2010. There are six vols on that list and not a one from alabumma and florida. rack up the draft choices. They will not last very long.

Outdated writes:

in response to VOLliven2it:

Wow, I thought this article was about Randall Cobb. It became about some really ridiculous people who need to go to other sites.
Hey Cobb man, major congrats. I believe you were worthy of going higher but that's moot now. You get to play and deserve the chance. Green Bay is a great organization though I am not a big fan. Now GO SHOW what an Alcoan can do when he gets the football on a big stage.

I always pulled for Randall Cobb except against the VOLS ..because I consider him a local..It is my understnding TN did not offer him until late and it is evident he was correct in choosing to go to KY..from what I have read and heard Randall appears to be a fine young man and I believe he will do very well in Green Bay..TN appears to be back on track with recruiting and giving locals more attention..hope we don't miss on any more this good..

ZALWEED writes:

in response to VOLliven2it:

Wow, I thought this article was about Randall Cobb. It became about some really ridiculous people who need to go to other sites.
Hey Cobb man, major congrats. I believe you were worthy of going higher but that's moot now. You get to play and deserve the chance. Green Bay is a great organization though I am not a big fan. Now GO SHOW what an Alcoan can do when he gets the football on a big stage.

The Trolls are accomplishing their assignment. I'm from Lexington and I am happy to see Randall go to a good quality team. Hope he develops and turns into a solid NFL player...he is a class act guy who won a lot of games for KY by himself! Not going to talk any smack...we all know the streak!
PS If Hartline is drafted before a TN player, I will be back!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to SEC1:

not to rub it in but every top program in the sec has had one or more picks already ...bama 3, fl 2, lsu 2, ga 1, au 2, cocky 1, razorbacks 1, even msu had a first rounder

Dang, SEC1, are you trying to tell us the Vols are in a bit of a down-cycle these days? Gee, we would never have known that if you hadn't deigned to share your wisdom with us! Thank you SO MUCH for pointing out the obvious. Just remember that what goes around comes around.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to VOLliven2it:

Wow, I thought this article was about Randall Cobb. It became about some really ridiculous people who need to go to other sites.
Hey Cobb man, major congrats. I believe you were worthy of going higher but that's moot now. You get to play and deserve the chance. Green Bay is a great organization though I am not a big fan. Now GO SHOW what an Alcoan can do when he gets the football on a big stage.

Agree completely. Cobb is the very definition of a "football player" as opposed to the far more common "athletes" with tons of potential but scant play-making ability. Cobb is the kind of player and person who can make a living in the NFL for years after some of the more-spectacular physical specimens top out or burn out in their careers. Like everybody else, I wish he could have been a Vol, but I always loved to watch him play and look forward to seeing MUCH more out him for years to come.

givehim6 writes:

And back to the story.... Packers picked up a steal! I have always liked the packers, Cobb will be a good target for Rogers and give him a breater if the wildcat is used. Point is Cobb can be used in so many ways, good pick GB!

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

Congrats young man! As a Bears fan, I hate to see him go to GB. He can be dangerous IMO simply because they have so many weapons. Why Jennings and Driver draw attention Randall will gash folks underneath.

Luke Stocker in the 4th round to Tampa. He just might start out of the gate IMO.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca:

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Hey D#ckLickDuca, did it occur to you that UT is in the teeth of that 37th ranked class Fulmer brought in? That's why we don't have anyone getting drafted. On top of that, It's your boy Fulmer who dropped the ball on Cobb. I'm not big on the Fulmer bashing...However, this isn't the time to start stroking your boy.

TNVOLNTX writes:

in response to stormblast:

It's friday night, you are counting draft picks ahead of the opposing team. What's on for Saturday night - pumicing corns on grandma's feet, bragging to the cats about what you posted on this site, rearranging the bow ties by color? Charlie Sheen could not keep up with you.

LMAO

LJS1984 writes:

in response to stormblast:

It's friday night, you are counting draft picks ahead of the opposing team. What's on for Saturday night - pumicing corns on grandma's feet, bragging to the cats about what you posted on this site, rearranging the bow ties by color? Charlie Sheen could not keep up with you.

The trolls on here obviously don't have enough class to wear bow ties. I'm pretty sure most of them probably couldn't tie a regular tie.

tensie2004 writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

Hey D#ckLickDuca, did it occur to you that UT is in the teeth of that 37th ranked class Fulmer brought in? That's why we don't have anyone getting drafted. On top of that, It's your boy Fulmer who dropped the ball on Cobb. I'm not big on the Fulmer bashing...However, this isn't the time to start stroking your boy.

Sir, you are absolutely right. We are in the middle of the poor recruiting class that Fulmer had a few years back and Fulmer or one of his staff dropped the ball when they let Cobb get away!!! Green Bay will be a better team with Cobb in their stable of recievers.
GO VOLS - Lets give Dooley a few years before we make judgements of him.

stormblast writes:

in response to WildcatsOne:

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Halley's Comet makes an appearance every 76 years too. Strange things do happen.

SEC1 writes:

hello 5* recruit my name is dereck doooley , come to tn and play for a music city bowl berth and become a 4th & 5th round draft pick... what you think 5* recruit?

everydayisorange writes:

in response to WildcatsOne:

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What NFL team does Couch play for? Don't remember seeing him for the last several years!

bobbarbilly writes:

Congratulations Randall Cobb. Now git er'done.

tnvol4ever writes:

in response to stormblast:

It's friday night, you are counting draft picks ahead of the opposing team. What's on for Saturday night - pumicing corns on grandma's feet, bragging to the cats about what you posted on this site, rearranging the bow ties by color? Charlie Sheen could not keep up with you.

Now thats some funny stuff right there.

stormblast writes:

in response to WildcatsOne:

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The NBA? The NBA? Other one, I'm pretty sure that we in Big Orange Country still sleep well with that one.

I might be wrong, but wasn't Kentucky in the NIT more recently than Tennessee?

Whatever doesn't work for us seems to remedy itself in November.

The sports nation gets to witness the one constant in college sports - that UT is Kentucky's daddy.

Father's Day will be celebrated in November for the 27th time.

stormblast writes:

in response to WildcatsOne:

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Other one, I know we care about basketball. We care about UT sports. When it comes to sports, we do not about the rest, we only take care of our own. The NBA is crowe fodder compared to what matters - our own.

As far as sniffing UK fans should start to sniff the air in Lexington. I bet they would smell a rat.

Spring is here, thus we must do troll patrol. But November will be here before you know it. We all know what happens in November.

allvol32 writes:

It's kind of telling how many out of the usual cast of trolls on this site are posting comments on a UT sports website on Saturday night in the middle of the off season for football and basketball.

Has the phrase "you have no life" ever been more appropriate?

Very sad and pitiful for you poor schlubs...

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