The 2017 NFL Draft is nearly here. What are the strengths and weaknesses for Florida St. running back Dalvin Cook.
With the 2017 NFL Draft just being over one month away, we are beginning to get a feel for where prospects will be going.
One of the best running backs in the draft is Dalvin Cook from Florida St. After running backs weren’t drafted in the first round for a few years, we have seen a shift back lately. In recent years, Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon, and Ezekiel Elliott have been high draft picks.
In the 2017 draft class, there are a few running backs that could be taken in the first round. As one of the best running backs to come out of college this season, Cook should hear his name called in the first round.
Cook was a great player for Florida St. for three seasons. In his freshman year, Cook made a big impact for the Florida St. offense. In 2014, Cook totaled 1,008 rushing yards, eight rushing touchdowns, and a 5.9 yards per carry average. For a freshman, these were certainly great numbers.
In his sophomore season, Cook improved. He totaled 1,691 rushing yards, 19 rushing touchdowns, and a ridiculous 7.1 yards per carry average. After the strong sophomore season, it was clear that Cook’s junior season would likely be his last in college.
Last season, Cook wrapped up his college career by totaling 1,765 rushing yards, 19 rushing touchdowns, and a 6.1 yards per carry average. In addition to being a great runner, Cook was also a very solid receiver in college. In three seasons, Cook totaled 79 receptions and 965 receiving yards.
Even though Cook wasn’t a power runner in between the tackles at Florida St, he showed his strength at the NFL Combine. At the combine, Cook was able to get 22 reps on the bench press. Among running backs, Cook tied for fourth in that category.
As shown in the combine, it appears the Cook has certainly added some strength for his transition to the NFL. Even though he can break any run for a touchdown, he will also need to be able to pick up hard yards in short distance situations. Furthermore, as one of the best running backs in the draft, expect to see Cook have his name called in the first round.