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Randall Cobb was a second-round pick of the Green Bay Packers after starring at Kentucky for three seasons. (UK Athletics) Randall Cobb was a second-round pick of the Green Bay Packers after starring at Kentucky for three seasons. (UK Athletics)
When Green Bay selected Randall Cobb in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, any Kentucky fan that watched him during his three years as a Wildcat knew the Packers had gotten a steal. Early in Cobb's second professional season, football fans around the nation are finding out why the Big Blue Nation was so sure about that.

Week by week, Cobb is becoming a more featured piece in the Packers' explosive offense. As a rookie, he starred as a returner while finding his feet as a receiver. In 2012, he's still getting in done on special teams, but Cobb has also become one of Aaron Rodgers' favorite targets.

In a 30-20 win over St. Louis on Sunday, Cobb had eight catches for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Both scores came after halftime and the second - a 39-yarder - gave Green Bay a two-touchdown lead with barely three minutes left. Cobb also had one carry for 19 yards, developing in a sort of hybrid running back role in which he lines up in the backfield.

Through seven games, Cobb has already exceeded his offensive production from his rookie season in every major category. He has 37 catches for 435 and three touchdowns, putting him on pace for approximately 85 catches for 994 yards and seven touchdowns. He also has three carries for 67 yards and 574 combined kick and punt return yards. With 1,076 all-purpose yards, he trails only Percy Harvin of Minnesota for the NFL lead.

Cobb has been good all season, but especially over the past four weeks. During that time, he has 26 catches for 339 yards and three touchdowns. Particularly over the past two weeks, Green Bay's offense has rounded into form and it doesn't seem to be a coincidence that Cobb has been so heavily involved.

With Cobb doing such big things, he is starting to garner a reputation around the league. After Sunday's game in particular, experts are gushing over his play. Here are links to some of the best stories.

'Star in the making' Cobb does it again (ESPN Wisconsin)
Cobb continues to rise to stardom (Packers.com)
Packers Jordy Nelson and Cobb a dynamic duo (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)
Cobb surpasses 1,000 yards in seven games (Green Bay Press-Gazette)
Ex-Cat Cobb scores two TDs in Packers' 30-20 win against Rams (Herald-Leader)

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