Dalvin Cook-RB-Florida State
Size: 6’0 214lbs

Dalvin Cook
(USA TODAY Sports)

Strengths:

  • Explosive
  • Strong lower body
  • High-motor, always keeps his feet moving
  • Will run in between the tackles, and has the speed to bust it outside
  • Solid hands
  • Instinctive runner
  • Great vision with patience
  • Consistently productive

Analysis: Dalvin Cook, is without a doubt the No.1 running back in the 2017 class. He offers everything NFL teams look for in a back, speed, high-motor, willing to lower his pads to take a hit. He can run between the tackles and outside toss and zone plays. A two-year starter, Cook is arguably the best running back Florida State has ever produced with the two best rushing seasons in school history the past two years, leaving the Seminoles atop most rushing records. The former “Mr. Football” in the state of Florida set a new school rushing record as a sophomore with 1,691 yards on 229 carries (7.9 average) and 19 touchdowns, earning First Team All-American and All-ACC honors. Cook broke his own single season rushing record as a junior with 1,765 yards on 288 carries and 19 touchdowns to again earn First Team All-American and All-ACC honors. He elected to skip his senior season and enter the 2017 NFL Draft. He has the vision to find openings and athletic gifts to explode through them, making it look easy due to his feet, balance and spatial awareness. When watching him on tape it almost seems as if he’s running at half-speed, but when you see him passing by defensive backs you know it’s a mirage and this guy is FAST.

Weaknesses:

    • Ball security
    • Blocking technique
    • Injury history

Analysis: Like every player, Cook has his weaknesses and the most glaring is ball security with 12 fumbles the past three seasons (six in 2016), averaging one every 63.8 touches on offense. He is a willing blocker in pass protection, but makes too many mistakes due to inconsistent timing, technique and awareness. Teams will question whether or not he can take consistent NFL punishment and stay durable long-term. History of shoulder issues, including surgery to repair a torn labrum on the back side of his right shoulder (April 2016), front side of his right shoulder (March 2014) and front side of his left shoulder in high school.

NFL Comparison: Ezekiel Elliott

Draft Prediction: Top 5

 

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