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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 Pauine: "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

An NFL scout said that Florida State T Roderick Johnson possesses "great intangibles."

"He gets bull-rushed all over the place. Gets knocked around. But he could develop into a good player," the scout said. Another evaluator believes that Johnson's progression may have been best served by a return to school -- an opinion that was also forwarded by an AFC director of college scouting earlier during the process -- but notes that due to the thin nature of this offensive line class, the 6-foot-7, 298-pounder will "probably make more money this year than (he would have) next year." In his four-round mock draft posted last week, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline had Johnson pegged to the 49ers at pick No. 66 (second pick of the third round).
Apr 25 - 5:30 PM

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

FSU WR Travis Rudolph met with the Denver Broncos on Tuesday.

Tip of the hat to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson on this one. In addition to his meeting with the Broncos, Rudolph has gone through workouts with the Patriots and Dolphins. The 6-foot, 189-pounder is likely ticketed for a selection at some point on Day 3 next Saturday.
Apr 18 - 6:46 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wonders why FSU DL DeMarcus Walker isn't receiving more pre-Draft buzz and likens Walker's game to Carolina Panthers DE Charles Johnson.

Brooks is hearing mainly pessimism about Walker in the scouting community. "He's not a great athlete," said an AFC scout. "I wonder if his production will translate to the pros." The 6-foot-3, 280-pound defender was No. 2 in the FBS with 16 sacks last year, adding 21.5 TFL. He collected 25 sacks over the last two seasons. Though impressive, Walker's evaluation is muddied by two things: He's a tweener, and much of his production came while exploiting slow college tackle's lack of foot speed or spinning inside when they overcompensated. To make it outside in the NFL with his lack of length and explosion, Walker's game will need far more nuance. To make it inside, his body will need more bulk. Evaluators like Brooks, however, would argue that Walker's elite production against top-shelf opponents makes a late-Day 2 or early-Day 3 pick juice that is worth the squeeze.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 16 - 1:08 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

FSU DE/DL DeMarcus Walker will visit or has visited the Patriots, Panthers and Jaguars.

Walker is likely a second or early third day pick. He was productive over the last two seasons with 25 sacks in that span. However, we have real questions if the way he wins translates to the NFL, specifically on the edge. Walker beats heavy footed offensive tackles on the outside and uses an inside spin move. That's it. He lacks athleticism in space (9th percentile). His best pass rushing snaps likely come from the interior, where his bend could give interior linemen problems.
Apr 13 - 8:40 AM

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


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