Dalvin Cook, Running Back, Florida State Seminoles
Weight: 210 pounds
Arms: 32-3/8 inches
Hands: 9-¼ inches
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
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History of hamstring issues and three shoulder surgeries.
Dangerous. Multiple issues with law. Hangs with a concerning crowd.
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.
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.
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.