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David Cobb Makes Himself a Lot of Money During Senior Bowl Week!

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Former Gopher running back David Cobb was in Mobile, Alabama for the Senior Bowl last week, and from all of the published reports, it seems he made quite the impact for the hundreds of NFL scouts and coaches in attendance.  Cobb all but guaranteed he will be the first Gopher running back selected in the NFL draft since Laurence Maroney in 2006.

The week started for Cobb at the official weigh-in and measurements even on Tuesday.  Even just weighing-in he impressed several attendees:

The first practice of the week was Tuesday afternoon, and Cobb went right to work impressing those who came to watch:

It seemed as though the initial thoughts coming into the week were that Cobb would be a good solid pick in the 4th or 5th round....but as the week went on, it seemed his stock continued to rise significantly.

Cobb continued to get great press as the Senior Bowl practices went into Day 2.   He got a nice feature story in the New Orleans Times-Picayune on Wednesday.  His play continued to garner him more attention from media and scouts from all over the country:

Cobb continued to get the attention of NFL staffs as well as published reports had him talking to representatives of at least half of the NFL teams including the Vikings, Chargers, Broncos, Saints, Browns, Bills, Panthers, Falcons and others. Cobb continued to shine into Thursday as well, proving that he wasn't just a one day wonder:

The more Cobb did to impress, the higher and higher his draft stock went.  However, Gopher fans and others shouldn't get too excited.  This is the NFL after all.  A league where several scouts still think speed means EVERYTHING:

But some scouts/media still don't seem to care:

Cobb and the rest of the players got Friday off to rest before the actual Senior Bowl game on Saturday.  Its said that most of the observations and analysis for the scouts in attendance comes from the week of practices, but Cobb made sure that if anyone just watched the game itself, he also would show off his skills there:

Though Ameer Abdullah was given the game MVP award, Cobb has an impressive days as well.  Cobb finished the game with 11 carries for 69 yards and two catches for 16 yards.  His longest run was a 25-yard burst up the middle, and had a four yard touchdown run seen below.

Conn was given several NFL running back comparisons after his week including Micheal Turner, Frank Gore, Jeremy Hill, Doug Martin, Joique Bell,  and the one I saw the most, Le'Veon Bell.  Not a bad  back to be compared to.

Here is some video of Cobb answering some reporters questions after practice one day:

And here is another audio interview with Cobb talking about his week.

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In addition, here are some other links to scouring reports for Cobb from optimumscouting.com, bleacherreport.com, and two of our fellow SBN Prop Football Sites, Bleeding Green Nation (Eagles) and Gang Green Nation (Jets). Note that the Jets preview of Cobb came back in December, way before his performance last week.

So what is next for Cobb on his journey to the NFL?

That's right..the next major step for Cobb, and where we will most likely finally have a handle on where he may go in the draft will be the NFL Scouting Combine, held in Indianapolis from February 17-23.  The official invite list will come out the week after the Super Bowl, but for sure both Cobb and Maxx Wiliams will be invited and will do all the fun activities like the 40-yard dash, and the shuttle run, etc.  As has been said, the 40 will be a major factor in where Cobb will end up going in the draft.  For Maxx, it won't be as important as he should show off his skills in the bench press and vertical leap portions of the testing.

We here at The Daily Gopher will have combine updates for you as it occurs in February.  We also will have more in-depth previews of all potential Gopher draftees as we near the 2015 NFL Draft in May.