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Dalvin Cook | Running Back

Team: Florida State Seminoles
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 200

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Rotoworld's Evan Silva offered up a "B" grade for the Minnesota Vikings' draft class.
Silva writes that the Vikes "added quality prospects at needy positions" with their first three picks in FSU RB Dalvin Cook (No. 41), Ohio State OL Pat Elfein (No. 70) and Iowa DT Jaleel Johnson (No. 109). He was less enthused by the team's sixth-round selection of Virginia Tech TE Bucky Hodges, calling Hodges "a multi-year project with off-field concerns." Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline ("B-") and Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke ("B+") also see this as a rock-solid overall class for the Vikings. May 4 - 8:52 PM
Source: Rotoworld

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Vikings selected Florida State RB Dalvin Cook with the No. 41 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Cook (5’10/210) broke Warrick Dunn’s FSU rushing record in just three seasons, piling up 4,464 yards on 687 carries (6.50 YPC) with 46 TDs and 79 catches. While known best for his big-play runs, Cook showed workhorse ability with 17 games of 20-plus carries and shined as a receiver, averaging 11.8 career yards per catch. Extremely difficult to tackle in space, Cook finished No. 1 in PFF College’s 2016 Elusive Rating. Cook confirmed his long speed (4.49) in Indy, but struggled in agility drills. Cook’s biggest drawbacks are his injury history after three career shoulder surgeries and ball security after he fumbled 14 times on 763 touches, including six fumbles in 2016. Still, Cook projects as an early-career lead back with three-down potential. Rotoworld draft analyst Josh Norris has compared him to DeAngelo Williams. In Minnesota, Cook becomes the likely Week 1 starter ahead of Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon.
Apr 28 - 8:01 PM

ESPN's John Kiem writes "don't be surprised if [the Redskins] try to move up to get [FSU RB Dalvin Cook]."

Cook went undrafted on Day 1, but figures to be off the board relatively early when the second round starts up on Friday night. Washington holds the No. 49 pick, probably too far off to grab Cook by standing pat. The team has reportedly been shopping Matt Jones and are eyeing Cook as, per Kiem, their No. 1 running back target in the draft. The Sporting News' Eric Galko reported likewise on Thursday.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 28 - 6:38 PM

NFL Media's Gil Brandt ranks FSU RB Dalvin Cook as the No. 1 player available heading into Day 2.

Reports leading up the NFL Draft suggesting that Cook would slip out of Round 1 proved to be accurate, and Cook now heads into Day 2 as one of the best players available. Cook has fallen for a wide variety of reasons. He tested poorly athletically, has off-field concerns and durability issues, and also fumbles too often. But when on the field at FSU, he was arguably the nation's most devastating playmaker. Rotoworld's Josh Norris pegs him as the No. 29 overall prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 28 - 1:24 PM

The Sporting News' Eric Galko reports that FSU RB Dalvin Cook is "RB1" for the Redskins.

Galko additionally writes that he expects Cook to be available for Washington should settle on him as their first-round target. The Redskins hold pick No. 17. In additional Cook rumor courtesy of Galko, the analyst writes that "[t]he Buccaneers have been looking to trade out because they know Dalvin Cook has no suitors between No. 19 and No. 28."
Apr 27 - 7:36 PM

Prior to the Raiders reaching an agreement to acquire RB Marshawn Lynch, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline was told by a team source that Oakland expected FSU RB Dalvin Cook to be on the board when they came on the clock at No. 24.

Further, that source said the Raiders had "no interest in selecting him" and felt "Joe Mixon [was] the wiser choice." Added Pauline: "The point was not that the Raiders would draft Mixon, but rather that Cook’s injuries and multiple off-field issues are greater risks." We've read this sentiment before, and it speaks to the greater point Pauline is arguing: The analyst now predicts that Cook will fall to Round 2.
Apr 26 - 1:40 PM

Eagles beat writer Les Bowen cited a source with another team's personnel department who believes the Eagles will select FSU RB Dalvin Cook at No. 14.

He joins Eliot Shorr-Parks in making the connection on Wednesday. Is the buzz building in Eagles headquarters, or is this a planned suggestion with a different prospect being a target. The Eagles certainly need a running back with Cook's talent, but could also look at Joe Mixon or Alvin Kamara in round two.
Apr 26 - 11:34 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bucs are talking with at least three teams to drop back from pick No. 19 and possibly out of the first round entirely.

The Bucs have been linked to Dalvin Cook frequently, so this news is interesting. Could Cook be selected before the pick? Do the Bucs think they are one of the few teams targeting him int heir portion of the draft? We've suggested Jabrill Peppers as a possible fit as well. The Chiefs might be a team interested in moving up for a quarterback.
Apr 26 - 10:30 AM

Eagles beat writer Eliot Shorr-Parks believes FSU RB Dalvin Cook is the top possibility for the Eagles at No. 14.

Rotoworld's Josh Norris suggested Eagles fans should not get their hopes up about Dalvin Cook being the pick at No. 14, but Gareon Conley's situation might force other targets up the board. Three of the top four possibilities Shorr-Parks lists are on offense, and none of the six include an edge rusher. That is surprising.
Source: NJ.com
Apr 26 - 9:12 AM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris states Eagles fans should not expect FSU RB Dalvin Cook to be the pick at No. 14.

Norris believes OSU corner Gareon Conley and Missouri edge rusher Charles Harris as the likeliest picks, with Christian McCaffrey, Derek Barnett and Jon Allen as other possible options. Obviously other prospects could be in the mix, but that is Norris' conclusion based on information he has heard. That isn't to say the Eagles don't like Cook. They certainly might, but No. 14 might be too rich.
Source: Rotoworld
Apr 24 - 9:46 AM

The MMQB's Peter King spoke with one GM who said he has never been a part of a draft with this many medical red flags.

We can throw in a few prospects who have medical questions based on previous surgeries: Dalvin Cook, Ryan Ramczyk, Takk McKinley, Reuben Foster, Sidney Jones and Fabian Moreau, among others. Medical red flags take prospects off boards, leading them to drop more than expected.
Source: The MMQB
Apr 24 - 9:31 AM

Speaking on a Friday conference call, NFL Network's Mike Mayock suggested that the Buccaneers would do well to consider FSU RB Dalvin Cook at No. 19.

"(Cook) could be staring them in the face at No. 19, and I think he should be a consideration," Mayock said, adding that "Jameis Winston had 24 turnovers last year, too many, they've got to take some pressure off of him." The Bucs are one team to seriously consider as in the running back market given the uncertainty surrounding Doug Martin (who is suspended for the first three games of the 2017 season due to a failed drug test). Durability concerns, a murky history of off-field issues and an eerily quiet Combine have Cook potentially staring at a slide to the second round, though we still think a Day 1 selection is a solid enough bet -- particularly given that if he did drop into the 20's, he would be an ideal luxury pick for a playoff outfit.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 21 - 8:37 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein reports hearing a "buzz" from NFL personnel men that Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey will be the only RBs taken in Round 1.

If that's the case, FSU's Dalvin Cook, Tennessee's Alvin Kamara and Oklahoma's Joe Mixon would all tumble into Day 2. We wouldn't be surprised by Kamara or Mixon falling to Round 2 -- in fact we expect it to happen -- but would be stunned if Cook isn't taken in the top stanza. Zierlein acknowledges that Cook is "clearly a first-rounder based on talent alone," but writes that some teams have been scared off due to a confluence of off-field issues, durability concerns and lackluster athletic testing. Cook finished as a ninth-percentile SPARQ athlete at the NFL Combine. No RB testing that poorly has been taken in Round 1 in the past 15 years.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 20 - 2:51 PM

An NFL scout speaking to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said that FSU RB Dalvin Cook is "pound for pound ... the best all-around back I’ve ever done."

Another scout quoted compared Cook to Devonta Freeman. "I absolutely love that guy," he said. "He can take over a game. What makes him special is his first 10 yards. His acceleration rate is awesome. Good enough hands. People will try to kill his character, and to a degree he may slide." To that point, the Journal-Sentinel reported that "several scouts" they spoke with "expressed major reservations about Cook's checkered past involving arrests for various incidents dating to high school." With three shoulder operations in his past, health is also a concern, as is Cook's lackluster athletic testing numbers. "He’s a small back," said another scout. "Ran 4.5, 30-inch vertical. Where’s the explosive dynamic? And he has questionable makeup."
Apr 20 - 1:53 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host FSU RB Dalvin Cook for an official pre-Draft visit.

Tampa Bay sure seems serious about adding a runner early in lieu of RB Doug Martin's four-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. They've also scheduled pre-Draft visits with Texas' D'Onta Foreman and Oklahoma's Joe Mixon. Cook has vociferous fans -- NFL Network's Heath Evans ranks him as the No. 1 overall prospect in the class -- and just as vocal critics. Rotoworld's Josh Norris pegs him as the No. 29 overall prospect. Cook tested poor athletically, has off-field concerns as well as durability issues and fumbles too often. But when right and healthy at FSU, he was arguably the nation's most devastating playmaker. The Bucs sit at No. 19 overall and are, per SEC Network's Booger McFarland, intrigued by the idea of drafting Cook.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 13 - 3:21 PM