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2015 NFL Draft: Scouting David Cobb, Minnesota Running Back

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Could the Broncos look to add the former Golden Gopher to their backfield?

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One prospect who the Denver Broncos have met with and could consider in the middle rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft is former Minnesota running back David Cobb. He is a 5'11", 229lb running back who could fit well into Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak's offense. Cobb is ranked as the 114th overall prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft according to CBS Sports, and is ranked as the 12th best running back in the draft.

Cobb plays four seasons at Minnesota and was a starter the past two seasons. During his career at Minnesota, he totaled 2,893 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns. He also had 34 receptions for 339 yards. His best season came in 2014 when he totaled 1,626 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns. He also had 16 receptions for 162 yards. In 2014, set school single-season record with 1,626 rushing yards, including two games of 200-plus yards, and selected second-team All-Big Ten.

David Cobb:

Running back, Senior, Minnesota

Height: 5'11 Weight: 229lbs 40 time: 4.58(Pro Day)

Arm Length: 31 5'8" Hands: 9 3/8"

Bench Press: 17 reps Vertical Jump: 38.5 inches

Broad Jump: 121.0 inches

Film Room:

David Cobb vs Missouri (2014)

David Cobb vs Nebraska (2014)

Scouting Report:

Strengths:

  • Well built running back. Compact frame and strong legs. Looks the part of an NFL runner
  • He's a powerful runner with a low center of gravity
  • Breaks tackles. Gained 54% of his yardage after contact in 2013-2014
  • Patient runner who waits for running lanes to open
  • Good open field speed
  • Downhill runner
  • Shows good balance
  • Shows good vision
  • Is a smooth runner. Doesn't lose speed when he changes direction.
  • Has a nose for the end zone

Weaknesses:

  • Doesn't have the speed to bounce runs outside
  • Had some fumble issues in 2014
  • Does have that explosive first step that elite backs have
  • He isn't very flashy
  • Average hands as a receiver
  • Doesn't have that "2nd gear"
  • Only an average pass blocker. Will need a little work there

Does David Cobb fit with the Broncos?:

He fits Kubiak's scheme but doesn't really fit a need.

I really like the idea of adding Cobb. His skill set really fits into Kubiak's scheme very well. He's a one-cut, downhill runner who has good vision and patience. He isn't flashy, and he doesn't really do anything great, but he does a lot of things good. I view Cobb as a potential grinder/workhorse for someone.

Do the Broncos really need another running back? C.J. Anderson is expected to be the guy, and should flourish under new Head Coach Gary Kubiak. After Anderson, it is a bit of a toss up. Montee Ball is coming off a disappointing 2014 but should have a bounce back year, Ronnie Hillman flashed at times, and Juwan Thompson could be moving to fullback.

I can see the case being made for yes and for no. In the end, I'm going to trust whatever Gary Kubiak does at running back. His track record speaks for itself.