Simmie Cobbs Jr. is a 6’4”220-pound receiver who could be an elite receiving threat at the next level. Cobbs is a native of Oak Park, Illinois and a junior coming out of the Indiana Hoosiers program. He’s got a bit of a reputation for taking some plays off, but if you saw him shred up every cornerback on the OSU Buckeyes this past season, you’d have him as far up on the WR board as I do.
Playing his high school career at Oak Park and River Forest High School, he was a basketball standout as well as an all-state selection at wide receiver in 2013. He played all 12 games his freshman season at IU and started against Penn State, totaling 114 yards on seven catches on the season.
He swung into a standout sophomore season grabbing 60 receptions for 1,035 yards, making him third in the Big Ten in receiving yards and four touchdowns. He grabbed honorable mention All-Big Ten his sophomore season in 2015 as well. In his one appearance against Ball State his junior season in 2016, he suffered a season-ending ankle surgery. He was red-shirted and awarded the Maxwell Award and Biletnikoff Award Watch Lists.
Returning healthy for his official junior season in 2017, Cobbs Jr. was second overall in the Big Ten in receptions with 72, fourth in receiving yards with 841 and tied for sixth in touchdown catches with eight. His 2017 season earned him First Team All-Big Ten honors, IU Offensive Player of the Year and Biletnikoff Award Watch List.
The Big Ten receiver is slated to be drafted on Day 2 in rounds 2-3. The Browns are certainly in need of a young receiver like this. Josh Gordon needs to prove he’s of the purest mindset and lifestyle this year while playing at the high level he can play. Corey Coleman has yet to play at the level of a top-20 draft pick. Beyond them, the receiving corps is slim on the Brownies and they happen to have plenty of picks on Day Two. I could see them using picks 64 or 65 overall on the Indiana product who could automatically fill the WR2 and free up Corey Coleman to hold down the slot where he belongs.
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