DALVIN COOK, RB
5’10”, 210 pounds
Dalvin Cook was the ninth pick in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings.
As one of the top running backs in this year’s draft class, saying that Dalvin Cook is something special would be an understatement. Some have compared Cook to former Miami Hurricanes running back Edgerrin James and between the explosive speed and playmaking abilities, it’s hard to find any sort of argument against that. The all-time leader in rushing yards for the Seminoles, Cook will make Vikings fans proud once he begins his first practice in Minnesota … so long as he stays out of trouble, that is.
Well, he’s fast. Cook has blazing speed that makes him a threat both on the ground and through the air. There’s also the beautiful juking ability that will break plenty of ankles. Cook displays excellent vision on the ground and will almost immediately break away once he hits the outside. Unfortunately, Cook can be too reliant on rushing to the outside and will very rarely run the ball up the gut.
There are also previous character issues that include two arrests while in high school (one of which was firing and possessing a weapon on school property) and a third in 2015. Cook also struggles with fumbling on occasion and there are concerns about the durability of his shoulder after rotator-cuff surgery. If Cook wants to succeed in the pros, even with his love of football, he’ll need to improve on his blocking, especially on short-yardage situations.
NFL Combine results:
4.49 40 yard dash
22 reps in the bench press
30.5 inch vertical jump
116 inch broad jump
7.27 in the three-cone drill
4.43 20-yard shuffle
The expert says:
“Cook’s big-play ability makes him a special player. When given a hole, he can take it to the house, and even when his blocking isn’t good, he has the ability to maximize what is there. Cook’s fumbling problems, like his hamstring, flare up too frequently, so there are some concerns. Despite those issues, Cook’s name will still be called early because of his prodigious potential.” — Pro Football Focus