Simmie Cobbs

Indiana
WR

Prospect Info

College
Indiana
Hometown
Class
Oak Park, IL
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
220 lbs
32”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.30
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.64
Seconds
 
Bench Press
11
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
30.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
113.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.7
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.32
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.2
Seconds
 
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The all-state pick from Illinois originally committed to Purdue, but instead enrolled at Indiana after he heard the Boilermakers wanted him to play defense. He got a chance to play in every game as a receiver in his true freshman season, catching seven passes for 114 yards. Cobbs' game took a big step forward in 2015, starting all 13 games and garnering honorable mention All-Big Ten accolades by leading the team in receiving with 60 receptions for 1,035 yards and four touchdowns. Unfortunately, Cobbs suffered a season-ending ankle injury on the first series of the 2016 season opener. He returned healthy, however, for 2017 using his size, physicality, and strong hands to threaten defenses all season long. Cobbs garnered first-team All-Big Ten honors as a junior, topping the Hoosiers with 72 receptions for 841 yards and eight touchdowns. Cobbs was arrested during a July 2017 concert for refusal to identify himself and resisting arrest after he did not leave the aisle open and refused a breathalyzer test.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 6-7
NFL Comparison
Dez Lewis
Overview
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. His 40-yard dash time at the Combine will be crucial for his draft stock.
Strengths
  • Has NFL size and frame
  • Shows ability to bully smaller cornerbacks
  • Can body and separate near goal line and understands how to widen passer windows with his free arm on deep sideline throws
  • Focus and hand-eye coordination improve the further down the field he goes
  • Got after Ohio State in season-opener with a variety of comeback routes and back shoulder catches
  • Body control comes very naturally
  • Routes are smooth when unchallenged in space
  • Zone-beater who finds the holes and widens out as a target for his quarterback
  • Plus ball tracking
  • Can disguise when throws are about to land and will activate big hands at last second to defeat opponents
  • Willing to put some work in as a blocker
Weaknesses
  • Gets derailed by strong press corners
  • Play speed is a concern for evaluators
  • Unable to climb past corners and stack them up
  • Tight man coverage stays tight
  • Slow stutter-and-go makes double moves ineffective
  • Gears down when turning to find the football on vertical routes
  • Below average separation quickness and can't run under the deep throws
  • Allows leaping cornerbacks to knock away too many tall balls
  • Gets lazy with catch technique
  • Posted dismal career drop rate of 11.4 percent including sure-fire touchdowns against Purdue, Ohio State and Rutgers
  • Struggles with securing low throws
  • Requires accurate passer as a pro
  • Too reliant upon size and will need to become a more proficient route-runner

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league