Written By Evan McShane (@veryreasonable)
Simmie Cobbs, Wide Receiver, Washington, UDFA
Washington got one helluva deal when they signed wide receiver Simmie Cobbs to an undrafted free agent deal. Cobbs will have to prove the people who passed on him in the 2018 NFL draft wrong. The legendary Indiana wide receiver will provide Alex Smith with a big bodied, physical target in the passing game. If not for Indiana University, today might not have been possible for Simmie Cobbs. Obviously, Cobbs’ prolific career on the field will be remembered as he posted remarkable numbers throughout his tenure in Bloomington, and at times, he was simply unbeatable. However, some Hoosier fans might forget Simmie Cobbs was set to be a Boilermaker.
Cobbs was among the top-150 wide receivers in the country when he committed to Purdue University. However, when he found out the Boilermakers plan was to turn Cobbs into a cornerback, he promptly de-committed from Purdue and signed his national letter of intent to play for Indiana University. A decision that would pay off for both Cobbs, the Hoosiers, and now Washington
Cobbs made his presence felt immediately after he stepped on IU’s campus. He saw action in all 12 games as a true freshman and racked up over 100 yards receiving. As a sophomore, Cobbs reeled in 60 catches for 1,035 yards and four touchdowns, becoming just the sixth Hoosier wide receiver to record a 1,000-yard season. Cobbs suffered a knee injury during the first game of his junior campaign. He rehabbed and recovered until he was fully ready for a monster senior season.
He started the year off with a bang by recording 11 receptions for 149 yards and two touchdowns against Ohio State in the season opener. Cobbs played in all 12 games despite being hampered by some dings and bruises. He racked up 72 receptions which was good enough for second in the Big Ten and 29th in the nation. He accumulated 841 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. Cobbs led the Hoosiers in receptions, yards, and receiving touchdowns. He scored a touchdown in seven different games – simply unstoppable. Cobbs finished his IU career ranked fourth in program history with seven 100-yard games, eighth in receptions (139), and ninth in receiving yards (1,990).
NFL.com offers a detailed scouting report on Simmie Cobbs’ strengths and weaknesses. Scouts are critical of Cobbs’ ability to create separation from NFL cornerbacks. He tends to be bothered by tight press coverage and lacks the necessary open-field moves to get himself open. He relies a bit too much on his size and can struggle with low throws. Cobbs makes up for his weaknesses by being elite in several areas.
Cobbs is extremely difficult to defend in goal line situations. He is an expert at hauling in jump balls and 50/50 passes. Cobbs is extremely proficient at using his size to get open down field and work the sidelines. He has a superb feel for back shoulder throws, comeback routes, and fades. Cobbs has above-average instincts at finding gaps in zone defenses, especially when his quarterback escapes the pocket. He is a natural athlete who possesses excellent body control on the ground and in the air. Cobbs is very physical and not afraid to be a bully as a blocker.
Simmie Cobbs will be remembered by IU football fans for his exceptional playmaking ability. The Hoosier playmaker will soon be playing on Sundays.
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