In the first edition of player profiles, we are going to take a look at one of the hottest offensive prospects in this year’s draft.
Florida State Seminoles running back Dalvin Cook is a player that fans of all NFL teams would love to see on their roster. We’ll look at his strengths and weaknesses, team fits, and when he will be getting his name called in April.
Name: Dalvin Cook
Date of birth: August 10th 1995
High school: Miami (Fl) Central
Height: 5 ft 11
Cook was born in Miami, Florida and attended Miami (Fl) Central High School, playing for the high school football team and running track. During his senior year, Cook won the esteemed Mr. Football Award for the state of Florida.
Cook was widely regarded as a five-star recruit by college scouts, and originally committed to Clemson University, before switching to the University of Florida in 2013. However, the Gators suffered a 4-8 season the following year and Cook began visiting other schools despite saying he was “100% committed to them.” During the Under Armour All-American Game week for high school prospects, Cook officially committed to Florida State.
In Cook’s 2014 freshman year he ran for 1,008 yards and 8 touchdowns, splitting carries with Karlos Williams and Mario Pender. Cook was name MVP of the Seminoles’ 2014 ACC Championship Game victory against Georgia Tech, rushing for a career high 177 yards and 1 touchdown on 31 carries.
In July 2015, prior to Cook’s second season with the Seminoles, he was charged with battery following an incident outside a bar and suspended by the Florida State. A month later he was found not guilty and reinstated, going on to break Warrick Dunn’s single-season rushing record for Florida State (1,242) during the team’s tenth game. Cook finished the season with 1,691 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Cook enjoyed another excellent season with the Seminoles in 2016, rushing for 1,765 yards and 19 touchdowns. Cook broke Warrick Dunn’s career rushing record for Florida State (3,959) during a game against the Syacruse Orange in November. A few hours after beating Michigan and winning MVP in the Orange Bowl, Cook announced his intentions to forgo his senior season to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.
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- Explosive lower body speed
- Makes smooth, easy cuts
- Highly elusive, makes defenders miss
- Good anticipation
- Low center of gravity to escape tackles
- Solid and efficient pass catcher
- Will breeze past defenders once he hits second level
- Will need to bulk up to be a consistent weapon at the pro-level
- Limited effectiveness as a power back
- Ball security
- Pass protection
- History of shoulder injuries
IDEAL NFL FITs:
- Philadelphia Eagles
- Indianapolis Colts
- Baltimore Ravens
Chris Johnson. While Cook lacks the elite speed of Johnson, he does have a similar type of agility and sense of vision which, combined, can lead to highlight-reel plays that defensive coordinators have headaches trying to stop. He might not bully defenders with strength and power, but try and stop him once he cranks up the gears
PROJECTION: Early-to-mid 1st Round.