NFL Draft: The Curious Case of Quan Cosby

Dino NicandrosAnalyst IMarch 31, 2009

BOULDER, CO - OCTOBER 04:  Quan Cosby #6 of the Texas Longhorns warms up prior to facing the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on October 4, 2008 in Boulder, Colorado. Texas defeated Colorado 38-14.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

To NFL scouts, he's not particularly tall, standing a hair under 5'11.  He's not really that young either at age 26.

One would think by looking at his age that former Texas receiver Quan Cosby was either in school to be a doctor or had some issues with his grades.  In reality, Quan Cosby is simply a unique athlete.

Cosby's high school years were remarkable, and yes, he graduated with his actual high school class.  Cosby was an all-state performer in football, baseball, and track during his time at Mart High School in small town Mart, Texas.

Believe it or not, but Cosby was actually a two-time 2A All-State quarterback selection and was named offensive player of the year in 2000.  But don't be fooled, for this stellar athlete was selected to the All-State team for defensive back and kick/punt returner as well.

Cosby's straight line speed is blistering as he won two state titles in the 100 and 200 meters, running a 10.41 and 21.13 respectively.

It was thought for a long time that Quan Cosby's real talent was baseball.  Using his incredible track speed, he was a threat every time he got on base.  He stole 81 of 82 attempts at base.  He also batted a pretty decent .479 with three homers and 33 RBIs his senior season.

Quan Cosby opted out of a commitment to play football for the University of Texas and decided to pursue a career in baseball.  He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2001 MLB draft by the Anaheim Angels and spent four years in the Angels farm program.

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Cosby was a pretty decent player, but it didn't seem like baseball was his nitch.  After four years in the minor leagues, Quan Cosby contacted head coach Mack Brown and in the spring of 2005, signed to play football with Texas.

Needless to say Cosby thrived in football, especially after making the switch to receiver.  During his time at Texas, Cosby contributed to Texas' first national title victory in 33 years and helped the Longhorns win 10 games each season that he was on campus.

Cosby finished with 2,598 yards and 19 touchdowns in his career.  His best season was this past year as he caught 92 balls for 1,123 yards and 10 touchdowns.  Cosby earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors and AP-Second Team All-Big 12 as a kick returner.

NFL scouts haven't paid much attention to Cosby over his four year career, but no one could ignore his Fiesta Bowl performance where he caught 14 balls for 171 yards and two touchdowns, including a thrilling game winning touchdown pass from Colt McCoy with 16 seconds left in the game.

He may be undersized and he may be too old, but this is not a case of Benjamin Button syndrome. Quan Cosby is a player you want to have on your team because of his tenacity off the line and his ability to be in the right place at the right time. 

Cosby won't out run many of the top NFL corners, but he's the type of possession receiver that will wear a secondary down for three quarters with a lot of short screen passes and curls, only to break a big one for a huge gain in the fourth quarter.  He also possesses excellent hands and an astonishing vertical for someone of his height.

Look for Quan Cosby to be drafted anywhere from the fourth to sixth round.  Despite his sub-par physical measurements, you can be sure that he'll satisfy the team that decides to take a chance on him on draft day.