Ladies and gentlemen, we are full-on in the throws of NFL Draft season for those of us who are far too obsessive about prospects… which is me. I’m that obsessed person. So, join me as we begin diving in on prospects and their potential fits at the next level, starting with University of Arizona wide receiver Jacob Cowing.
Jacob Cowing Prospect Profile: Overview
Cowing is not an early-declare that had an instantaneous rise to fame. He’s undersized at 5’11” 175 lbs, but in today’s NFL, there is plenty of opportunity for receivers of a smaller stature to be contributors.
As a fifth-year senior who transferred from UTEP to Arizona before the 2022 season, Cowing has plenty of production to his name. He has shown plenty of deep-threat abilities in his college career, averaging over 16.9 yards per reception in his three years in El Paso. In his first year at Arizona, Cowing had 85 receptions, 1,034 yards, and seven touchdowns, averaging 12.2 yards per reception.
His role changed in 2023 with the emergence of fellow wide receiver Tetairoa McMillan (write that down. He’ll be one of the top names in 2025) who acted more as the downfield threat while Cowing worked primarily out of the slot, but that didn’t stop him from having good numbers. Cowing was the only player in the country with 90+ receptions and 12+ touchdowns this season, although his average dipped to 9.4 yards per reception on 848 yards.
One of my favorite moments is putting on the film of a player and immediately smiling, and Cowing is one of the players you can’t help but smile over. As mentioned, he’s small, but he plays at a speed unlike many others on the field. His short area agility, ability to change direction, acceleration, deceleration, and route running are all fantastic.
Cowing is a lethal separator. Lined up in the slot, the puts immense pressure on opposing defenses and is seemingly open on every play. He was the go-to target in must-have situations time and time again, including this moment in Arizona’s matchup with USC.
Jacob MFing Cowing. Slot left.— Jon Helmkamp (@JonHelmkamp) December 30, 2023
LOOK AT THE SITUATION.
4th and goal, down 8, 4th quarter. And he absolutely destroys his guy in man coverage with a lethal release. Just COOKED. pic.twitter.com/UjZTlGh70V
As I mentioned in my excited tweet above – 4th and goal, down eight, in the fourth quarter, and he dusts his defender off the line. The clutch gene runs strong.
Jacob Cowing Prospect Profile: Final Thoughts
There are a slew of wide receivers who will get drafted ahead of him, and rightfully so. This class is full of talented wide receivers and has pass catchers of every prototype you can imagine. If you want tall, true X receivers, this class has them. If you want the physical playmakers that you can scheme up run plays for a la Deebo Samuel, this class has them, too.
However, if you like slot receivers who can win on all three levels of the field with explosiveness, sure hands, physicality at the catch point, and explosiveness after the catch, you’re not going to find many better in this class than Cowing.
Cowing will be at the Senior Bowl at the end of the month, and I expect there to be plenty of highlight reel releases that will wow the masses. Get on board before he becomes a household name like Tank Dell did last year. I expect Cowing to be around a top-100 draft pick when it’s all said and done.