NEW YORK — The irony is too great to ignore.
Randall Cobb, the last man out of the green room at the 2011 NFL Draft, will catch passes from Aaron Rodgers, the last man out of the green room in 2005.
“That’s awesome, that’s great,” Cobb, a former Kentucky wide receiver, said Friday night of the Packers selecting him with the final pick of the second round, 64th overall.
Some things, such as the chance to join Rodgers and the defending Super Bowl champions in Green Bay, are worth the wait. Not that it was easy.
Cobb couldn’t help but feel a bit envious as he watched 24 of the league-record 25 prospects attending the draft head for the stage to shake hands with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked Thursday night and earlier Friday. Cobb couldn’t help feel “a little down” in the early going.
As a first-round pick, Rodgers had a much shorter wait — 24 picks — but it wasn’t any less excruciating.
“Being the last guy is a little difficult,” Cobb said. “You’re in there by yourself. But at the same time, it’s a great opportunity just to sit back and relax and just wait for your name to be called. And I was fortunate to be called by Green Bay.
“I had to wait, but I had to wait for a good reason. I’m happy to be in the position that I am.”
Cobb is taking a modest approach to joining a team that received the Vince Lombardi Trophy just a few months ago and already has one of the league’s most dynamic passing attacks.
“Hopefully, I can just add to it,” he said. “I can learn from the guys that are already there. They run a lot of the same offense that we ran at Kentucky, so I think just being able to pick up on things quick is going to help me out and help the team out.”
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