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There are elements of Minnesota RB David Cobb's "game that remind me of Houston's Arian Foster," CBS Sports' Rob Rang writes.

"Place Cobb in the zone-scheme in which his vision, balance and burst fit best and he'll be just fine. Don't mention that Cobb's 10-yard split (1.64) was just two-hundredths of a second slower than Wisconsin's speedster Melvin Gordon... There are elements of Cobb's game that remind me of Houston's Arian Foster, who (oh, by the way) was clocked at 4.69," Rang wrote. The 5-foot-11, 229-pound Cobb was quite productive for the Gophers this season, rushing for 1,626 yards and 13 touchdowns. If Cobb is given the opportunity to contribute early, he could pay big dividends for the team that takes a chance on him.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 17 - 2:38 PM

Minnesota TE Maxx Williams has a "lot of upside" and "should be a good addition to anybody's roster depth right now and has potential to become a standout in a couple of years," notes NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

Williams hoisted up 17 reps on the bench at the combine, interesting in the context of how he responded to questions about what he must improve upon for the NFL: "I would say my biggest weakness is my strength. Being only 20 years old knowing that my body's not fully developed into what it could develop into is a strength. But I feel like my biggest weakness could turn into one of my strengths, as I turn 21, 22, and get those years and experience in the weight room developing my body." As Cooney notes, there is much work to be done for the consensus top TE prospect. "Williams appears to have all the skills to be an excellent NFL tight end, but his value at this moment is in perceived promise rather than actual production."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 15 - 5:59 PM

CBS Sports' Will Brinson believes giving Peyton Manning a tight-end weapon like Minnesota TE Maxx Williams "should be a big help," with the No.28 pick in the draft.

"The departure of Julius Thomas leaves a void in the Broncos offense. They've got plenty of weapons for Peyton Manning in Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas but giving Manning a tight-end weapon should be a big help," Brinson wrote. The 6-foot-4, 249-pound Williams could be an immediate red zone threat, with a quarterback like Manning throwing to him. The Minnesota prospect has been compared to Jason Witten and Kyle Rudolph.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 9 - 3:55 PM

Minnesota RB David Cobb will work out for evaluators on April 13.

Cobb strained his quad during his initial forty at the NFL Combine and missed the entire workout. The injury led to a 4.81 forty time. We are huge fans of Cobb's game. In fact, Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Cobb as the No. 42 prospect in the class. He can be productive if asked to be a team's top ball carrier.
Apr 3 - 7:00 PM

Minnesota free safety Cedric Thompson has already visited the Texans and Patriots.

In addition, he has upcoming visits scheduled with the hometown Vikings (April 7-8) and (April 19-20). In terms of Day 3 prospects, Thompson has a little heat behind him at present moment. He impressed NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt with his pro day workout, prompting the analyst to note that Thompson "looks like a possible late-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft." The 5-foot-11 1/2, 211-pounder ran 4.50 and 4.48 second 40-yard dashes. Thompson added a 40 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot-2 broad jump, a 4.28-second 20-yard short shuttle and a 6.96-second three-cone drill.
Mar 24 - 11:28 PM

Minnesota RB David Cobb has four visits scheduled with teams, according to Aaron Wilson.

The four teams were not disclosed. Each will count as a top 30 visit for that team. We are big fans of Cobb's game. He absolutely picks up the yards that are blocked for him but will create on his own with agility and beating first contact. He was used in a number of passing situations as well. If given an opportunity early, Cobb can produce.
Mar 24 - 12:41 PM

Minnesota TE Maxx Williams "needs to improve his route running in order to become a more complete receiving threat," according to NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"Pass-catching, move tight end with straight-line play speed and an ability to stretch defenses deep. Williams comes from NFL bloodlines and has the self confidence often found in a former player's son, but he needs to improve his route running in order to become a more complete receiving threat," Zierlein wrote. The 6-foot-4, 249-pound Williams recorded nine catches of 25 yards or more in 2014, which led all college tight ends. Williams could come off the board, at the back end of the first round.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 19 - 3:42 PM

NFL Films' Greg Cosell called Minnesota RB David Cobb an "efficient downhill chain mover," similar to Stevan Ridley.

The analyst said on Ross Tucker's Podcast that he "really like[s]" Cobb. It's so nice to meet like-minded people, isn't it? "I think he can run in both zone schemes and gap schemes," Cosell said. "I think he's got one-cut traits, downhill power traits. He's kind of a smoother and quicker Stevan Ridley-type back. He's got some natural power. He's one of those sort of efficient downhill chain movers. He runs very low to the ground with very good contact balance and body control." Though Cobb isn't a burner, pay no mind to his 4.81 forty at the combine. He pulled a quad during the run and limped to the finish line. The 5-foot-11, 229-pounder had 1,626 yards and 13 touchdowns this past season. We think he could contribute early.
Mar 15 - 3:27 PM

Should New Orleans choose to replace Jimmy Graham via the draft, ESPN's Kevin Weidl points out that Minnesota TE Maxx Williams "would be the only viable option late in the first."

"He isn't nearly as athletic as Graham, but is the most complete tight end in the class, with good size and body control and strong hands," Weidl wrote. "In addition, he would provide an upgrade over Graham as an inline blocker if New Orleans is looking to bolster its ground game. Williams holds a second-round grade, but might get pushed up into the late first due to the thin overall class; Miami TE Clive Walford is the next-highest-rated tight end after Williams, and has a fringe second-round grade." Williams, 6-foot-4 and 249 pounds, ran an official 4.77 seconds in the forty-yard dash at the combine. NFL.com disagreed with Weidl, noting recently that Walford would be a best-case draft replacement for Graham.
Mar 12 - 8:24 PM

Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams "looked good in pass catching drills" at Monday's pro day, wrote TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"While I don't consider Williams a first-round selection, a number of teams disagree," Pauline wrote. "Last night, I was informed every team between picks 26 through 32, except for the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts, will consider selecting Williams late in Round 1." It's not a terribly surprising report, as most think Williams is going to go late in Round 1 or early in Round 2, but it's fun to guess who might pull the trigger. Teams in the range Pauline is discussing include the Ravens, Broncos, Packers, and Seahawks.
Mar 3 - 10:50 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt was impressed with Minnesota free safety Cedric Thompson's pro day workout.

"Thompson had a good pro day workout, and looks like a possible late-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft or priority free-agent pickup for an NFL team following the draft," Brandt wrote. The 5-foot-11 1/2, 211-pounder ran 4.50 and 4.48 second 40-yard dashes. Thompson added a 40 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot-2 broad jump, a 4.28-second 20-yard short shuttle and a 6.96-second three-cone drill. He hoisted up 21 reps on the bench press.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 2 - 7:59 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt passed along from Minnesota's Monday pro day that Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams had an impressive workout.

Williams, who measured 6-foot-4 and 249 pounds at the combine, stood on his testing numbers from Indy. Seeing as though he ranked amongst the tight end leaders in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump and 20-yard short shuttle, that wasn't a surprise. "Williams did, however, go through positional drills and looked good doing so," Brandt wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 2 - 6:53 PM

Minnesota RB David Cobb will not participate in the school's pro day on Monday due to the quad injury he suffered at the Combine.

"As I understand the situation, he will have an individual workout sometime in early April," Cobb's father wrote. The running back pulled the muscle during his first forty and hobbled to the end of a 4.81 time.
Mar 2 - 9:34 AM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that if Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams is at the "bottom of the first round it's an overreach."

"I would not put him in the category of an athlete like Jimmy Graham or someone like that," the scout said. "You're not talking about a dominating type player. Need at the position and lack of players there could move him up to the top of the second (round)." Williams, who measured in to Indy at 6-foot-4 and 249 pounds, ran an official 4.77 seconds in the forty-yard dash. He fared better in other drills, clocking an impressive 4.37 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle and a 34.5-inch vertical jump.
Mar 1 - 7:53 PM

An NFC regional scout said members of his team were "a little turned off" by Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams.

"That Minnesota tight end came across as all about himself from what people in our room said. They were a little turned off by him," the scout said. Of course, one could choose to perceive this news positively, as Williams' on-field confidence is one reason that he's considered a borderline first-rounder. "While we weren't in the rooms during interviews, we understand that there is a fine line between arrogance and confidence," wrote NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein. "However, almost every team would rather default to a player with ego over a player lacking confidence. We contacted one general manager to get his take and he had no problems with his interview with Williams, but he didn't think Williams' workout went as well as he expected." Williams, who measured in to Indy at 6-foot-4 and 249 pounds, ran an official 4.77 seconds in the forty-yard dash. He fared better in other drills, clocking an impressive 4.37 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle and a 3
Source: NFL.com
Feb 25 - 9:09 PM


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