In addition to already talking to Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, the Pittsburgh Steelers also have a formal interview scheduled with Minnesota running back David Cobb, according to Andrew Krammer of 1500ESPN.com.
Cobb, who rushed for 2,893 yards and 20 touchdowns on 562 carries during his college career, told the media Thursday just what kind of running back he thinks he is ahead of the draft.
“I think the biggest thing about me is I’m a three-down back and kind of physical,” Cobb said. “Not a power back. Not a speed back. Just kind of balanced and kind of can do it all. I just pride myself on being confident and not being tackled by one person.”
Cobb, who says he’s a big Adrian Peterson fan, said he chose to wear No. 27 in college because he also idolizes former NFL running back Eddie George. As far as current NFL players that he likes to watch run, Cobb named Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell and Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.
Cobb had a good showing at the Senior Bowl a few weeks ago and Thursday he told the media what the coaches there wanted to see from during that week leading up to the game.
“The biggest thing coming in, they wanted to see me catch the ball and I think I left a good impression that I could catch the ball and run routes and pass protect,” he said. “That was the biggest thing that I left feeling more confident about, pass protection and catching the ball out of the backfield and I felt like I had a good showing that I can do those things.”
Cobb only caught 34 passes during his college career, so he still will have a lot of developing to do in that area at the NFL level if he is indeed going to be an every down back.
Cobb, who weighed in at 5’11”, 229 pounds, will likely hear his name called in the third or fourth round on draft day. He said Thursday that he’s not concerned about where he winds being drafted right now.
“First or seventh, it doesn’t really matter to me,” said Cobb. “Everyone wants to go first round, but the reality is it’s not going to happen. Whenever my name is called I’ll be ready to come.”
We will know in a few more months whether or not Cobb will be coming to Pittsburgh.
If you missed the breakdown of Cobb that Alex Kozora did several weeks ago, you can read it right here.