The San Francisco 49ers and much of the football world has been mourning the loss of Reggie Cobb. The team’s West Coast area scout passed away on Saturday morning at the age of 50.
John Lynch told reporters on Monday that the organization is looking for ways to honor Cobb. He shared that Cobb’s seat in the 49ers draft room will be left empty throughout the duration of the 2019 NFL Draft. In addition, it’s been finalized that Cobb’s son, DeMarcus, will be announcing San Francisco’s second-round pick live at the draft in Nashville, Tenn.
DeMarcus, 24, currently lives in Texas and will join 49ers alumni Earl Cooper on stage. It’s a fitting way to honor Reggie given that he was a Tennessee man through and through. He grew up three hours east of Nashville in Knoxville and went on to attend the University of Tennessee. Cobb racked up 2,360 rushing yards and 29 total touchdowns in three seasons with the Volunteers.
Cobb was selected in the second round (30th overall) of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which brings an added layer to this. As it stands right now, DeMarcus will be announcing the No. 36 pick on Friday evening.
"I think a lot of people just really cared about him, and that’s because he had a special way of making people feel really good about themselves,” Lynch said of Cobb on Monday. “I think we’ll always remember the infectious smile, the laugh and just the person that Reggie was."
There are sure to be heavy hearts around the league throughout this year’s draft. DeMarcus taking center stage will help honor a man who provided so much to the 49ers organization and the game of football as a whole.