David Cobb may just be the New York Giants answer at running back in the 2015 NFL Draft. The Minnesota rusher, with his low center of gravity and his quick driving feet is a very solid draft prospect.
We began to see Cobb as a productive running back in his junior season. In the 2013 campaign he rushed for 1,202 yards and had 7 touchdowns. In 2014, Cobb had 1,626 carries and 13 touchdowns. What makes Cobb such an effective running back?
This is a well disciplined rusher. He is patient and lets his blocks set up for him rather than blindly sprinting to the point of attack. He is a hard man to bring down to the ground, he has sensational balance which helps him get yards after contact. Cobb is small enough that he can almost hide behind offensive linemen and strong enough to grind out the tough yards.
GMENHQ Big Board Ranking: 69th Overall Prospect
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- Decent speed: Ran 4.81 second 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine
- Explosive push from his legs
- Grinds out yards after contact
- Every down running back: understands his role in pass protection
- Decent receiver out of the backfield
- He is the kind of running back that gets what you block for him. If the play breaks down he may get some tough yards after contact but is not a make something out of nothing kind of rusher.
- Not overly gifted from an athletic standpoint; rather he is a decent athlete who makes the most of his abilities
The Giants would be wise to draft Cobb in the 3rd or 4th round of the 2015 NFL draft. He reminds me of a young Ray Rice, but he has a bit more power to his game. Cobb is a good football player. He is not a superstar like a Melvin Gordon or a Todd Gurley, but he will be a productive workhorse for your offense.