Dalvin Cook 2017 NFL Draft Profile

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TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 26: Runningback Dalvin Cook #4 of the Florida State Seminoles breaks free up the middle on a running play during the game against the Florida Gators at Doak Campbell Stadium on Bobby Bowden Field on November 26, 2016 in Tallahassee, Florida. The 14th ranked Florida Seminoles defeated the 15th ranked Florida Gators 31 to 13. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Dalvin Cook
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Overview
Position
: Running back
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 213 pounds
School: Florida State Seminoles

Combine Performance Data
40-yard dash
: 4.49 seconds
Bench press: 22 reps (tied for fourth-best among running backs)
Vertical jump: 30.5 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 8 inches
Three-cone drill: 7.27 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.53 seconds

Dalvin Cook 2017 NFL Draft Profile

There may not be a more complete back in this draft than Dalvin Cook. The three-year man from Florida State has established himself as one of the best running backs in Seminole history after his highly touted high school career. At Miami Central High School, he rushed for 4,267 yards and 64 touchdowns and attended the same school as former Seminole and current Atlanta Falcon Devonta Freeman. He was the top overall prospect in Florida and number two running back in the nation (behind Leonard Fournette) on 247Sports.com in the class of 2014. Among offers from Florida, Arkansas and Miami, he chose the Noles and followed Freeman.

Cook set the Seminole freshman rushing record in 2014 with 1,008 yards on 170 carries, including a 31 carry, 177-yard performance in the ACC Championship Game. His sophomore year was even better, running for 1,691 yards and a whopping 19 touchdowns on 229 carries. He also proved himself a solid pass catcher, hauling in 24 catches for 244 yards and a touchdown. Having already established himself as one of the best runners in college football, he was named All-ACC First Team by coaches and media.

It was this past year, though, that he played his best football. He rushed for 1,765 yards on 288 carries and scored another 19 touchdowns. He raised his receiving yardage to 488 yards and remained with one touchdown. He clearly established himself as the best tailback in the ACC and was named a Heisman Trophy finalist. Even though he did not win, he was still an All-American First Team member and led his Seminoles to an Orange Bowl upset win over Michigan 33-32, rushing for 145 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries and catching 62 yards to win the game’s MVP award.

Cook is built with a lethal NFL combination of speed, agility, elusiveness and power. He can bounce and turn a corner better than just about any running back in this class, but still has the strength to run through defenders up the gut. His pass catching ability and route running makes him even more valuable and ensures his three-down effectiveness.

He has had a history of injuries, with his shoulder and labrum causing problems in the past. He’s also dealt with fumbling issues in college, including some in crucial game situations. Off the field issues have also plagued him. He was accused of battery but found not guilty. His pass protection also needs work and must be shored up.

Strengths

  • Perfect combo of speed, size, agility and power;
  • Superb pass catching and route running;
  • Plays great on the grandest of stages;
  • Balance and burst out of backfield;
  • Ability shed multiple tackles with strength and dodging ability.

Weaknesses

  • Pass blocking needs work;
  • Off the field problems seem to find him;
  • Nagging injury problems;
  • Bounces outside too much, doesn’t always hit the hole;
  • Fumbling issues reoccurring.

NFL Comparisons: Jamaal Charles

Teams with Running Back Needs: Philadelphia Eagles, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders

Projection: Mid to late first round

Bottom Line

Fournette will obviously be the first running back off the board, but other than him and Cook it is not a very strong running back draft. Cook has the potential to be a special, game changing back like Jamaal Charles has been in the last ten years. His running ability, field vision and intangibles make him a threat to immediately wreak havoc on defenses.

The pass blocking can be learned with work and effort and he can learn new running habits over time. It’s the off the field issues that worry everyone and make him a somewhat risky pick. Whoever takes him in the first round should have a plan in place to get him clean as a whistle or a backup plan in case it fails.

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Matt Harvey is a 21 year old senior at Pennsylvania State University majoring in History and Broadcast Journalism. At college, he is involved with the student run sports radio, CommRadio, where he writes and covers the Penn State sports teams. He interned the summer of 2016 in media relations as a sports writer for Valley League Baseball in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. He interned with the Front Royal Cardinals in the summer of 2017 in the Valley Baseball League, doing the team's play-by-play and sports reporting. He is a blogger for NBADraft.net where he writes a weekly blog about mid major college basketball. He is a die hard Philadelphia sports fan and has aspirations to work with a Philly sports team in sports coverage and broadcasting. He is from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, which is an hour north of Philadelphia. He has one brother who is a sophomore at Temple University. Matt is an avid follower of Penn State football and Villanova basketball.

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