2018 NFL Draft: Indiana WR Simmie Cobbs declares

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - NOVEMBER 25: Simmie Cobbs Jr. /

One of the best receivers in the Big 10 is declaring for the 2018 NFL Draft

Indiana Hoosier wide receiver Simmie Cobbs has forgone his final year of eligibility and declared for the 2018 NFL Draft on Twitter.

Cobbs was eligible for a fifth season with the Hoosiers after missing the entire 2016 season following ankle surgery. In his return to the gridiron this year Cobbs caught a career-high eight touchdowns for the Hoosiers and was second in the Big 10 with 72 catches.

Off the field concerns arose after Cobbs was suspended for the first game of the 2016 season before his surgery. An arrest at a mid-July Jason Aldean concert for refusal to identify, public intoxication and resisting law enforcement mounted the concerns.

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Listed at 6’4 Cobbs was a tremendous redzone target for Indiana after returning from surgery. His big body helped him force off defensive backs and make spectacular catches along the sideline.

Cobbs leaves Indiana tied for fourth in program history with seven 100-yard games, and he is eighth with 139 receptions and 1,990 yards over his three seasons. Indiana named him their Offensive Player of the Year for 2017.

Watching Cobbs tape he projects to be a third round pick for a team looking for a large outside reciever and redzone target. Don’t be surprised if Cobbs slips based on his ankle and off the field history.

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