NFL: Green Bay Packers' Randall Cobb Could Be One of a Rare Breed

Richard O'Hagan@@theskiverCorrespondent IISeptember 9, 2011

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 08:  Randall Cobb #18 of the Green Bay Packers returns a kick-off 108 yards for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the NFL opening season game at Lambeau Field on September 8, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Saints 42-34. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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This might surprise you, but of all of the players drafted this year, the one I probably watched the most was Randall Cobb.

Yes, that's right, in a draft which contained Cam Newton, Von Miller, AJ Green and so on, I spent more time watching Cobb than any of them.

In case this sounds like I am some kind of crazy masochist, I should reveal that I split my time each year between London, England and Lexington, KY.

Which means that the college football I watch is pretty much determined by where I am. And where I am means that I spend a depressingly large amount of time watching the Wildcats.

To be honest, Cobb never impressed me that much.

Yes, he was the outstanding player on that Kentucky team, certainly once Andre Woodson entered the 2008 draft.

But that is like awarding someone the ''least irritating touchline reporter" accolade. During Cobb's time, you didn't have to be that good to look good.

When he was taken as the 32nd pick in the second round of this year's draft, I was surprised.

This was partly because I didn't think that the Packers had such a great need for a kick returner that they would take one in the second round. 

Nothing Cobb had done in college football suggested that he was guaranteed to be second round—even the very end of the second round—material.

We all know, though, that every year a player comes along and so thrives in the professional arena that they play well above their draft position.

Tom Brady did it. Wes Welker did it. Arguably, Cobb's own quarterback did it. Could Cobb be one of them?

He made a pretty good start. Not everyone ties an NFL record in their first pro game.

The significance of Cobb's was that he returned a kick 108 yards in the first game after the NFL changed the rules to make it more difficult to return kicks at all.

More importantly, perhaps, is the fact that he caught two passes, one of them for a touchdown.

On a side which boasts arguably the best receiving corps in the NFL, getting Aaron Rodgers to look your way shows that you have something about you.

Two sure catches, one of them taken home for a touchdown, suggest that the Packers have found something in Cobb that everyone else missed.

It is, of course, very early in the season. Cobb could yet burn out as swiftly as he lit up.

But the signs are very positive. It will be interesting to see how well he copes in the coming weeks against defenses much more aware of his talents.