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Dalvin Cook | Running Back

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

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An anonymous NFL scout told Bleacher Report that he trusts Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon more than FSU RB Dalvin Cook.
"The pattern of bad decisions are alarming, really," the scout said of Cook. "With my job on the line, I trust [Joe] Mixon a lot more than Dalvin Cook." Though Cook has never been found guilty of a crime, he's been charged with misdemeanor battery (2015), cited for a violation of animal care (2014), charged with firing a weapon and possession of a weapon on school property (2010) and charged with robbery (2009). Cook has also been charged with criminal mischief after allegedly causing property damage with a BB gun. On top of all that, he has shoulder and hamstring issues, fumbling problems and tested horrifically at the NFL Combine. B/R's Matt Miller predicts he'll fall into the second round. Mar 23 - 3:37 PM

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Florida State RB Dalvin Cook is visiting the Eagles, according to Mike Garafolo.

The Eagles added multiple receivers in free agency, albeit on shorter deals. However, the team failed to add a running back, seemingly by choice, and they will certainly select one in the upcoming draft. As of now, Cook's tape is first round but his athletic profile is not. Since 1999, a running back has not been selected in the first round with a composite score (9th percentile) like Cook's. That could change after Florida State's pro day.
Mar 17 - 9:56 AM

Packers beat writer Bob McGinn spoke with an NFL scout who said FSU RB Dalvin Cook is "everything."

We think this conversation took place before Cook's workout, but it is difficult to not be impressed with that Dalvin shows on the field. "He reminds me of Marshall Faulk so much because he can catch the ball," another scout told McGinn. Rotoworld's Josh Norris has ranked Cook as the No. 1 running back in the class the entire season, but it is impossible to not let his lack of athleticism factor in an evaluation. There's always a chance his numbers improve at his pro day, however, as of now Cook's athletic profile has not resulted in a first running back since at least 1999.
Mar 8 - 9:28 AM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang believes that the impact of FSU RB Dalvin Cook's underwhelming Combine work is being overblown.

"[Cook is a] proven talent who plays quicker and faster than he times in drills because he anticipates defenders," Rang writes, adding that "[i]f [he] falls on draft day, it will be due to medical or off-field concerns, not because his 40-yard dash or shuttle drills weren’t up to par." Over the weekend, Cook ran the 40 in 4.49 seconds and turned in a vertical jump of 30.5 inches with a broad jump of 116 inches.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 7 - 8:45 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Steve Palazzolo notes that FSU RB Dalvin Cook's 40-yard dash time of 4.49 seconds "may put just enough doubt into teams’ minds for a guy that was pegged as a speed back."

While Cook just turned in a Combine which CBS Sports' Dane Brugler has called "confusing," it would still be a surprise if the former Seminole slipped all the way into the final picks of the first round. The dazzling speed he routinely showed on film might have been mysteriously absent during Combine work, but that film is impressive.
Mar 7 - 7:35 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler called FSU RB Dalvin Cook's test results at the NFL Scouting Combine "confusing."

Cook's numbers were not abysmal, but they were underwhelming given the speed and explosion he has shown on the field. The 5-foot-10, 233-pound FSU standout logged a 40-yard dash of 4.49 seconds, a vertical jump of 30.5 inches and a broad jump of 116 inches. His most impressive test might have actually been the bench press -- he turned in a strong 22 reps there. Even with these "confusing" results now in hand, Brugler wrote on Twitter that he is still viewing Cook as his No. 1 running back in this class.
Mar 5 - 1:13 PM

FSU RB Dalvin Cook recorded a 40-yard dash time of 4.49 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday.

Just a by-the-way in terms of perception, Cook -- viewed by all as an electric, dynamic athlete -- put in a time of 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Christian McCaffrey -- generally questioned more athletically -- beat him with a 4.48-second mark of his own. Filling out Cook's work in Indianapolis, the 5-foot-10, 233-pounder put in a vertical jump of 30.5 inches and a broad jump of 116 inches while hoisting the bar 22 times on the bench press. He is a potential top-10 pick come April's draft.
Source: SB Nation
Mar 3 - 6:44 PM

FSU RB Dalvin Cook says he's the best back in the NFL Draft.

"What separates me is I can do it all. I can stay on the field all three downs. I'm just a do-it-all back, and I feel like I am the best back in this class," Cook said. He also said that he can have an Ezekiel Elliott-like impact as a rookie if he finds the right system. NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock ranks Cook over Leonard Fournette, and so do we.
Mar 3 - 3:53 PM

FSU RB Dalvin Cook posted a 30.5-inch vertical leap.

Maybe something is in the water in Indianapolis, as fellow top-shelf RB prospect Leonard Fournette also posted a poor (sub-30-inch) vertical. For comparison, Christian McCaffrey logged a 37.5-inch leap while Alvin Kamara had a 39.5-inch jump. To be fair, Cook did run a 4.50 forty while posting 22 reps on the bench, both solid marks.
Mar 3 - 2:48 PM

FSU RB Dalvin Cook says he can have an Ezekiel Elliott-like impact as a rookie.

"I feel like if I get put in the right system, I can do the same things that Zeke did," Cook said. Elliott, of course, found the perfect situation and went off for 1,631 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns as a rookie. "Zeke paved the way for us. Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon, all those guys paved a way for us. Zeke did a great job of catching the ball out of the backfield, protecting Dak (Prescott) at quarterback, running very well behind a good offensive line, he paved the way for us," Cook said. "It was a good thing for us coming in right now." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Cook to Edgerrin James, while Rotoworld draft guru Josh Norris compares him to DeAngelo Williams.
Mar 3 - 1:11 PM

The Green Bay Packers will meet with FSU RB Dalvin Cook.

Due to their extended run through the playoffs, the Packers will not be drafting until No. 29 on Day 1. Cook will be long gone by that point in time, but Green Bay is doing its due diligence nonetheless. Interviews will be key for the Florida State star, as he will have to answer questions regarding past off-the-field issues.
Mar 2 - 5:35 PM

Of FSU RB Dalvin Cook, an NFC executive said: "Fumbles and arrests are a bad combination."

"He's got a lot of ability but he's got on the field problems with ball security and multiple arrests off of it," the exec said. "You have to decide if he will be responsible with more money and more time on his hands. If you have any doubts, just wait around for another running back because there will be plenty this year." While that's true, we'd point out that none of the other running backs have Cook's skill level. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares him to Edgerrin James. "Cook lacks the power that you may find with some running backs in this year's draft, but he is a homerun hitter with a resume featuring monster games against his most highly regarded opponents," Zierlein wrote. "Cook creates for himself with elusiveness and speed, but his value could be diminished by injuries, character and issues in pass protection."
Mar 1 - 4:27 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes FSU RB Dalvin Cook has three previous shoulder surgeries to his name dating back to high school.

We all know Cook is extremely talented, but the medicals at the NFL Combine are crucial for his evaluation. Shoulder injuries have caused other ball carriers to drop in the draft, namely Chris Polk and Lamar Miller. Cook has played through upper and lower body ailments over the last few seasons, arguably carrying the Seminoles offense in that time. He has balance to win after contact and obvious big play skills.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 1 - 8:46 AM

Pro Football Focus compared Florida State RB Dalvin Cook to former Jacksonville Jaguars RB Fred Taylor.

"In his prime, Taylor had elite, game-changing ability, and that is what separates Cook from the other backs in this class. He can turn the slightest crease into a big play, and he can contribute as a weapon in the passing game," notes the analysis team. PFF refers to Cook as possessing "prodigious potential." He will have questions to answer regarding off-field concerns at the NFL Scouting Combine, but figures to put in some impressive results in the athletic testing portion of that equation.
Feb 23 - 2:39 PM

MMQB's Albert Breer believes Florida State RB Dalvin Cook's "off-field questions" will prevent him from going ahead of LSU's Leonard Fournette.

In 2015, Cook was suspended after getting charged with punching a woman in the face outside a Tallahassee bar. Cook was found not guilty of misdemeanor battery in the incident, which wasn't caught on tape. In 2014, Cook received a citation for a violation of animal care after allegedly leaving three pitbull puppies chained up by the neck in an unsheltered area. Those are reportedly not the only encounters Cook had with police at Florida State.
Source: MMQB
Feb 23 - 11:43 AM