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Thursday, January 13, 2011
Kentucky's Cobb to take his shot at NFL

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

He was one of the finest all-around players the SEC has seen in a long time, but Randall Cobb has played his last game at Kentucky.

Cobb announced Thursday he was giving up his senior season to turn pro. He leaves after setting the SEC record this season with 2,396 all-purpose yards and accounting for 16 touchdowns four different ways.

It’s doubtful that Cobb will go in the first round, and he could last past the second round.

But the time was right for him to leave. The Wildcats will be breaking in a new quarterback next season, and with senior running back Derrick Locke and senior receiver Chris Matthews both departing, Cobb wouldn’t have a lot of proven playmakers around him.

His draft stock isn’t going to get any higher than it is right now. So why risk an injury? Scouts will love his versatility. He’ll be one of those guys who will star on special teams and will only get better as a receiver. He's only played the position full time for two years after playing quarterback in high school.

He’s also not going to run fast times in the 40-yard dash. That’s not his thing.

But when you put the pads on him, he’s a football player -- plain and simple.

And there’s always a place for those guys in the NFL.