Finding Broncos: Scouting Florida State Running Back Dalvin Cook

MHH Senior Draft Analyst Erick Trickel takes a look at one of the top running backs in the draft class in Florida State back Dalvin Cook.

Dalvin Cook, Running Back, Florida State Seminoles

http://www.scout.com/player/161770-dalvin-cook?s=101

Combine Measurements 

Height: 5-foot-10

Weight: 210 pounds

Arms: 32-3/8 inches

Hands: 9-¼ inches

Combine Results

40-Yard Dash: 4.49 seconds

Bench Press (225 lbs): 22 reps*

Vertical Jump: 30.5 inches

Broad Jump: 116 inches

3-Cone Drill: 7.27 seconds

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.53 seconds

* denotes top performer

Stats

Year Rush Att Yards Rush TD Receptions Yards Receiving TD
2014 170 1,008 8 22 203 0
2015 229 1,691 19 24 244 1
2016 288 1,765 19 33 488 1

Medical

History of hamstring issues and three shoulder surgeries.

Character

Dangerous. Multiple issues with law. Hangs with a concerning crowd.

Pros

Can be dangerous out of the backfield as a receiver. Has the next gear to get away from defenders. Works well as lone back or in two back backfield. Changes direction without gearing down.

Works harder the closer to the goal line he gets. Great vision. Uses his lead blockers extremely well. Scheme diverse and worked in gap, zone and power schemes in college. Stays balanced with his feet under him.

Quick reads in zone runs. Can stop safeties and linebackers chases on outside runs with hesitation steps, then hits the extra gear to pick up big chunks of yards. Good cutter. Falls forward. No wasted movement.

Cons

Drops as a receiver and fumbles as a ball carrier. 13 fumbles on his career, or one every 53 carries. Not the toughest of runners between the tackles. Bounces inside runs outside before play fully develops.

Doesn’t have fluid hips. Plays big through the hole. Vision when running on the interior isn’t nearly as good as on the outside. Ducks into tackles to take the less physical hit. Looks uncomfortable between the tackles, which could explain the quick cuts to the outside. Major medical and character red flags. Also a liability in pass protection.

Overview

Cook has the talent and ability of a near elite running back for the NFL level. However, his health and character could keep that from happening. With the extensive history for both, he would be undraftable to me, unless he really made me feel comfortable about who he is as a person and his medical checks came back clear.

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Even then, he wouldn’t be a first round prospect on my board. If you take that away, there is no doubt his talent and ability is first round caliber, despite the serious concerns about his hands as a receiver and as a ball carrier.

Fit With The Broncos

The Denver Broncos could look his way, given their interest in another running back with some character red flags. The difference is Cook has incident after incident off the football field going all the way back to high school. He has physically fought with teammates and had arguments with coaches. That is something Denver should just avoid all risk of, unless as a later round/undrafted pick up.

Draft Grade: 7th round/priority free agent

Where He Goes: Late-first to mid-second round

Insider's Take: Per sources, some teams don’t view Cook as worth the risk. His interviews have been poor, and he seems to have a shallow football IQ. Few people I spoke with mentioned that the feeling he gave them was he wants the big paychecks to do what he wants off the field without a real interest in playing the game. 

Erick Trickel is the Senior Draft Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ErickTrickel.

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