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2011 NFL Draft Results: Randall Cobb Fills 2 Big Needs for the Green Bay Packers

LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 13:  Randall Cobb #18 of the Kentucky Wildcats runs with the ball while defended by Sean Richardson #21 of the Vanderbilt Commodores during the game at Commonwealth Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 38-20.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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J FCorrespondent IApril 29, 2011

The Green Bay Packers took Kentucky WR Randall Cobb with the last pick in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He racked up over 1,000 yards and seven TDs in his junior season at UK, as well as two career return TDs.

Cobb was a widely expected selection for the Pack mostly because it was a sensible one.

Believe or not, the Packers need depth at wide out with Donald Driver declining and James Jones a free agent. Ted Thompson made a wise choice although some Packer backers are disappointed he didn't trade up for Mark Ingram, Brooks Reed, or Akeem Ayers.

The only reliable targets in Aaron Rodger's arsenal are Jordy Nelson and of course Pro Bowler, Greg Jennings so adding Cobb creates more certainty in the passing game for the future.

Cobb is known as a versatile playmaker that can line up anywhere on the field, including the backfield. His impact could be immediate in Mike McCarthy's multiple wide receiver sets.

As a returner, Cobb could be used similarly to Percy Harvin of the NFC North rival Vikings. While not quite as explosive or talented as the Florida alum, he has the potential to be an elite returner for the Pack, a position they have struggled to fill recently.

In the past few seasons, Green Bay has tried out Jordy Nelson, Sam Shields, and even Tramon Williams among others as kick and punt returners without finding a good fit.

Randall Cobb kills two birds with one stone for the Packers in the second round as both a receiver and a returner. Hopefully, he'll be lighting up Lambeau in no time.

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