Ted Thompson isn't one to wear his emotions on his sleeve. But he must have been hard-pressed to hide his excitement when Randall Cobb was still on the board with the final pick in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Not only did Thompson's Packers fill a need of kick/punt returner, Cobb's versatility will add a new wrinkle to an already electrifying offense. And it had to be icing on the cake that the former Kentucky Wildcat can -- and will -- play just about any position you ask of him.
While the lockout stretches into the summer months, Cobb has been sharpening his wide receiver skills at the IMG Madden Football Academy in Bradenton, Florida. In a recent interview with IMG's Dan Tierney, Cobb talked about playing multiple positions as well as how it felt to be drafted by the Green Bay Packers.
"I’m a football player," Cobb said when asked about playing multiple positions. "I just love the game and everything about it. The atmosphere. The things that it teaches you. You can’t win with one player. It doesn’t matter how good you are. If you don’t have guys who blocking, if you don’t show respect to the guys who are blocking, if you don’t have a quarterback to throw to you – it all breaks down."
Cobb, who won't turn 21 years old until August, also shared a story about his high school football days in Alcoa, Tennessee.
"I was a holder in high school," Cobb told Tierney. "I had actually torn my hamstring, and my coach still made me dress out and hobble on the field just to hold. I started holding my sophomore year in college. I’m all about the team. No matter what is, I’m about helping the team get better."
Cobb also seemed eager to join his new teammates in Green Bay.
"I was all smiles," said Cobb of being drafted by the Green Bay Packers. "I don’t think it could’ve gotten better than that. It might have been the top moment of my life. I’ve talked to Aaron, Donald Driver, Greg Jennings and a few other guys. They just told me that the team is very laid back and chill, which is good. I haven’t been there yet. I know it’s cold, but everyone says it’s like a college town in how all of the fans support the team."
Randall Cobb is already the front-runner to return kicks and punts for the 2011 Packers, and if he can carve out a role within Aaron Rodgers' offense, he won't be the only one who is all smiles.