The Jets are hosting college prospects again at their Atlantic Heath Training Center and today’s group includes the versatile Randall Cobb. A multidimensional performer at Kentucky, Cobb broke the SEC’s single-season record with 2,396 all-purpose yards last season.
In addition to Cobb’s arrival, the Jets also have brought in Abilene Christian WR Edmond “Clyde” Gates, Michigan TE Martell Webb and Hampton DT Kenrick Ellis for visits.
The only thing that slowed Gates recently was a hamstring injury during Senior Bowl week. He blazed to a 4.37 time in the 40-yard dash at the Indianapolis combine and was tremendously explosive as a senior with 66 catches, 1,182 yards and 13 receiving touchdowns. After attending Tyler JC, Gates made a successful transition to Abilene Christian and finished first in school annals in touchdown catches (27), second in receiving yards (2,885), third in catches (158) and fourth in scoring (194).
A four-year letterman at Michigan, the 6’4”, 256-pound Webb played in 38 career contests and made three starts at tight end. His career stats include nine receptions for 111 yards and two touchdowns. The Wolverines were a run-heavy offense under the since departed Rich Rodriguez.
After struggling with character issues at South Carolina, Ellis transferred to Hampton and took advantage of the lower-level competition. The 6’5”, 346-pounder totaled 94 tackles (34 solo), 15 tackles for loss and two sacks last season while earning All-MEAC first-team honors. He was also all-conference first-team in ’09 after he amassed 51 tackles, 15 for loss and 1.5 sacks.
“I had to look within myself and change a lot of things within myself and around me,” Ellis said at the combine. “And after I changed those things, it was pretty much easy after that. I had to realize that I had a problem, and I confronted it and overcame it.”
Cobb’s numbers were staggering last season when you consider he had 84 catches and seven receiving touchdowns, 424 yards on the ground and five scores, and another 955 yards returning punts and kicks. He has received comparisons to Hines Ward.
“I just want to be known as a football player,” Cobb said this year on ESPN.com. “I know I’m not the fastest guy. If you take me to the combine, I’m not going to have the best numbers across the board. But when you put me on the field, I think my talent would be at a level where I could overcome the speed and the strength of other guys.”
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