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Dalvin Cook | Running Back

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

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Rotoworld's Josh Norris states Eagles fans should not 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. Apr 24 - 9:46 AM
Source: Rotoworld

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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.
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.
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.
Apr 13 - 3:21 PM

SEC Network's Booger McFarland is hearing FSU RB Dalvin Cook being drafted by the Bucs is something both sides want.

McFarland has connections to the Bucs after playing with the team from 1999-2006, and the Bucs have been linked to a running back in the first round after Doug Martin's issues staying on the field. Zach Whitman and Rotoworld's Josh Norris has brought up that a running back with Cook's athletic profile has not been selected in round one in 15-plus years, but it only takes one team. Cook is a dynamic player on the field.
Apr 13 - 8:24 AM

The Bengals are hosting FSU RB Dalvin Cook for a pre-draft visit on Friday, according to ESPN's Katherine Terrell.

The Bengals are likely to target a running back in the second round of the draft, with Alvin Kamara and Joe Mixon acting as possible prospects in that area. Add Cook to the list. Rex Burkhead, arguably the team's top running back, departed in free agency and the Bengals are left with inconsistent Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard, who is working back from injury.
Apr 7 - 7:08 AM

The 49ers hosted FSU RB Dalvin Cook for an official visit on Wednesday.

The 49ers aren't going to pick Cook No. 2 overall, but they are doing their due diligence in case he plummets to the end of Rd. 1 or the top of Rd. 2. Cook would be a grand slam pick at No. 34 overall, which is where San Francisco comes back up in the second stanza. Cook's darting, cutting and elusiveness running style would be an ideal fit in new HC Kyle Shanahan's zone scheme, and his plus-receiving ability would be a boon for whichever quarterback the 49ers throw out their next season. If Cook falls, it will be because of poor Combine testing, fumbles, injuries, character concerns and his issues in pass protection.
Apr 6 - 3:02 PM

The MMQB's Emily Kaplan spoke with one NFL scout who combined his grades over the last four years and ranked FSU RB Dalvin Cook higher than first-round pick Todd Gurley.

This is significant, but also important to note that it is one scout's opinion and might not even reflect his team's final grade and especially not the entire league. Cook carried FSU's offense for two seasons and produced a number of big plays. However, none of us expect him to be a top 10 pick like Gurley.
Source: The MMQB
Apr 4 - 11:27 AM

The Browns are hosting FSU RB Dalvin Cook for a visit on Monday.

Cook has turned into one of the more interesting evaluations of any prospect in this class. On the field, we see the class' best running back. Off of it, he comes with a myriad of concerns. Not only that, but Cook is injury-prone and apt to fumble. Oh, and he tested as poorly as any top running back prospect over the past few years at the NFL Combine. NFL Media's Chad Reuter slotted him to the Chiefs at No. 27 in a mock draft published Monday.
Apr 3 - 1:16 PM

A scout who spoke with Bleacher Report's Matt Miller said that FSU RB Dalvin Cook's pro day workout was "[expletive] special."

That scout is super-keen on Cook's ability as a receiver, something that Cook has over LSU RB Leonard Fournette. One NFL RB coach told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein earlier in the week that Cook is "no doubt" the best running back in this class. He has had himself one of the more quiet-but-unique draft processes that we have seen during the evaluating period. His athletic testing numbers have not matched the work on film, but there is a clear faction that does not put a ton of stock in those numbers.
Apr 2 - 3:33 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein spoke with one NFL RB coach who believes there is "no doubt" FSU's Dalvin Cook is the best prospect at his position in the draft.

The position coach believes Joe Mixon is second. It just shows how split evaluators will be on this running back class, as Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey, Cook and Mixon have all been mentioned at the top spot. Cook dominated for three years, carrying FSU's offense for two of them, but has limited athleticism and produced an athletic profile that has not been selected in the first round in over 10 years.
Mar 29 - 11:29 AM

FSU RB Dalvin Cook ran a forty in the mid-4.4s at his pro day on Tuesday.

This is a slight improvement upon Cook's 4.49-second 40-yard showing at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this month. Cook struggled in other testing metrics, but his speed isn't a concern. "I don't think [the pro day 40 time] affects him one way or the other. His 40 time at the combine was more than fast enough. He plays fast, so I don't think that's any concern," said analyst Lance Zierlein. "I know he didn't test as explosively as people wanted at the combine, so I'm sure scouts wanted to see him jump again, but for me, it's more about whether he can stay healthy and how teams view him character-wise."
Mar 28 - 3:08 PM

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