Dalvin Cook-

 RB FLA ST

5-11, 206, 

Might be Top RB in Draft? 

By TOM

2016: Cook has the speed baby. This cat can move. They started throwing to him more this seasons, and he showed he could catch the ball as well as be an elite runner. He also showed off some blocking in blitz pickups this season as well. He has scored 39 TDs the past two seasons combined, and still has the Bowl Game to get to 40.

Vs. Mississippi: Nice blitz pick up blocker. When he gets low, he can stick his shoulder pads into the blitzers gut and stone him. Terrific natural hands swinging out of the backfield. Then he is a nightmare out in space with his speed. Best blend of making guys miss and pure speed in the Draft. Plus, he runs behind his eyes as well as Fournette. He sees those blocking schemes and cutback lanes as well as any RB I've seen. Does a nice job diving forward when a guy grabs his legs. He can catch the midrange pass off the wheel route leaping up between the defenders as smooth as pie filling.

He is so elusive in traffic. They are using him more in the passing game this season. When you get him out in space he is so quick and elusive when he catches the ball out in space. No trouble at all catching the ball at full speed, and cutting quickly to make a guy miss. I love this kid, but he did knock the ball out of his own hands right before he was about to score a TD against Ole Miss. He always seems to make perfect cuts going to the LOS that get him through a hole. He loves to look left, and then cut back right, and visa versa. Really sets up his blocks well.

2015: Good gravy, I don't know how he does it. He played with a bad hamstring last year and still had more runs of over 30-yards than any other RB I saw last season. Elite, and I mean elite long speed. If he gets a lane he is gone, and that was while he was playing injured. He pulled his hamstring against Wake Forest. 

2015: He led all rushers with at least 100 carries in the Power 5 Conferences in yards/carry (7.38)…tallied six 150-yard rushing games in 2015 including two 200-yard games (266 vs. USF, 222 vs. Miami)...his career-high 266 yards on the ground against USF marked the second-best single-game rushing total in school history and first 200+ yard rushing game since Sammie Smith tallied 212 yards vs. Tulane in 1988…ran for 222 yards against intra-state rival Miami to also give him the fifth-best single-game rushing total in FSU history.

He had trouble finishing games because he kept reinjuring his hamstring, because he shouldn't have been playing. He wasn't playing hurt, he was playing injured. "It's like comparing Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. They're both really good, but if you can only pick one, I'm taking Dalvin Cook," Clemson HC Dabo Swinney said about Cook and Fournette. "They're both phenomenal players, and I've seen [Fournette] a good bit. Maybe it's just more style of play. I haven't seen everybody, but they're the two best guys I've seen out there." Cook refused to leave the lineup even though he was injured, and almost garnered 2,000 all-purpose yards. 

He is small, but runs tough inside. His speed is his biggest asset. "They did a great job against Florida State outside of three plays, and they were going against as good a player as there is in the country in Dalvin Cook," Swinney said. "That guy is a freak. They couldn't have done a better job, but he made three plays in that game that won the game." He rushed for over 200-yards twice last season, which was a first for a FLA ST RB. 

2015: He became just the second Seminole all-time with two 200+ rushing yard games in a season (G. Allen, 1981)...also rushed over the century mark in 2015 against Texas State (156 yards), Louisville (163), Clemson (194), NC State (138), Chattanooga (106) and Florida (183)…rushed for a season-high 157 yards in the first half at Clemson...tallied 150 of his 183 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter against No. 12 Florida in The Swamp…joined Warrick Dunn as the only two backs in FSU history to record multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

He is not only the top long runner, he might be the top 3rd down back in the NCAA as well. "He's one of the best running backs in the country," Deshaun Watson said. "He does a lot of great things. He pass protects. He runs the ball well. He catches the ball well. He runs routes. He does everything. He's a great athlete and a great guy." He does a nice job getting low and blocks up in pass pro. 

His 94-yard touchdown run at Wake Forest was the third longest in FSU history; five rushing TDs of 50+ yds in 2015 including four of 72+ yards...tied with Chris Thompson with three of the top 20 longest TD runs in school history...two-time ACC Offensive Back of the Week (Sept. 14, Oct. 12) in 2015...became the fastest player in FSU history to reach 1,000 yards on the ground in a single-season performing the feat in just seven games...also became the fastest tailback to reach 2,000 rushing yards performing the feat in just his 20th career game.

It is hard to believe, but if he can stay healthy he should be better in 2016. "He’s rehabbing really well," Fisher said. "We expect him hopefully by the middle of June, beginning of June, he will be running full speed. When camp comes, he’ll be ready to go." He had off season shoulder surgery and missed Spring Practices. 

He average 7.4 yards per carry last year. "I'm very ready, very confident," Cook said. "I'm just excited about this season, going into it a healthy Dalvin." He won the Jim Brown award. He has an elite initial burst, vision, and cutback quickness. He is the best outside runner in college football last year and this year:

He sits fifth on FSU’s career rushing list with 2,699 yards on 399 carries...entered the top 10 faster than any other Seminole (just two seasons) and is the only tailback in the top 10 that has not reached 400 career rushing attempts...27 career rushing TDs is good for sixth most at FSU...has 13 career 100-yard rushing games, including eight in 2015, fourth most in school history…put together a streak of five straight 100-yard rushing games (over two seasons) – one shy of the school-record six set by Dunn…holds the school record for the most rushing yards gained by a freshman (1,008 in 2014) and by a sophomore (1,691 in 2015)…was named the team’s Offensive MVP at the end of the year banquet and one of four permanent captains in 2015...named one of three Offensive MVPs and presented with the Community Service Award following the 2016 spring season.

However, he does have some Michael Vick in him. He had a group a pit bulls chained to tightly together, "the dogs were unable to move and the smaller puppies were choking." He was cited for mistreating three pit bull puppies. He also punch a woman in the face in a bar. Both incidents happened in 2014. If he has a season like he had last year and stays out of trouble again this year it shouldn't affect his Draft stock.

2015: Registered one of the finest seasons by a Seminole tailback in school history during his sophomore campaign…recipient of the Jim Brown Award – given to the nation’s top running back by the Touchdown Club of Columbus…garnered first and second team All-America honors, while claiming first team All-ACC accolades from both the media and coaches…became FSU’s all-time single-season leader in rushing yards (1,691) and all-purpose yards (1,935) in 2015...passed Larry Key’s single-season all-purpose yards record (1,821) in FSU’s road victory at Florida...tallied 1,691 rushing yards on 229 attempts in 12 games, good for an average of 140.9 yards per game and 7.4 yards per carry...his 19 rushing touchdowns finished one shy of tying Greg Allen’s single-season record of 20 rushing touchdowns set in 1982…ended the regular season leading the nation with 168.2 yards from scrimmage/game, 194.3 yards/game vs. FBS teams with a winning record and yards vs. Top 50 rushing defenses tallying 1,031 yards on 154 carries with 11 touchdowns in seven games.

Cook Vs UNC 2016:

He has a way of slipping and sliding through the smallest of  holes. He can run outside, and change direction four or five times before he finds a hole. They run a lot of zone blocking schemes, and he has some of the best eyes in the Draft to spot the cut back lanes. He can take the hand off, and take one step to the left, and then cuts back and explodes like no one else in this draft back to the right. Explosive COD in the Redzone that can cause him to be in the Endzone before a defender can react.

He can take off outside with speed to the second level as fast as anyone. Not just a cutback runner. Great job slowing with his blockers leading him down field. When he sees his big OG pulling in front of him he shows great patience. Smooth catching the ball on a swing pass out of the backfield. Then the defense is in a panic because of his speed on the edge. Learned to step out of bounds a little more to preserve those knees. Unbelievable hop cut back and outside to make three guys miss.

Deadly on the center screen. Gets stronger as the game goes on, and runs with more power. Nice spin move in traffic that he used to score his 3rd rushing TD against UNC. There is just no better runner after the catch in college football. He reminds me so much of Marshall Faulk. And like Faulk he may need to put on 10 to 15 pounds to last in the NFL. His legs look a little thin sometimes, but he has great strength and power in them.

He will see his OL is behind the LB on the second level, and missed the block a little, and cut back behind him, rather then try to continue past him. Best cutback eyes running the ball in the Draft.

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Cook Vs UNC:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nm1P59BDnjQ

Cook Vs FLA 2016:

He will step in front of his QB in pass pro, and will step in front of the DT and try to block him up. He runs through more leg tackles than it seems he should. His ability to stop on outside runs, when it is overrun with defenders, and then hop back to the other side to find yards is elite. Great feel for when to lower his head on short yardage and just take the yard. He can follow his pulling guard through the hole, gets low and sneaks past linebackers, and suddenly explodes to the second level. Such nice patience jogging behind his blockers outside. 

He can be patient behind his blockers. He does a nice job following his blockers on short yardage, so he only gets hit on the side and falls forward. He can spin out of a tackle with a power spin. He can catch the long pass, over his head with his hands, and take it to the house. He has such a slick move to stop when running outside, and watch the LB flash by and then continue up field sideways. Great job bouncing it back, out of trouble, and outside to get a few when the O-line was overwhelmed. 

He will line up outside sometimes at WR. Great big play RB, when he gets outside he is gone. He runs as fast down field as any RB in this Draft. Runs a nice Out pattern from the backfield. He will sometimes line up to block the blitzer, and then avoid him at the last second. He will let a late blitzer cross his face and hit the QB. When he sees a lane, he is past his blockers and on the second level before the defense can react.

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Cook Vs FLA:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIOQU2qMmNc

Cook's Official Bio:

2016 Heisman Trophy Candidate
2016 All-America Candidate
2016 Maxwell Award & Doak Walker Award Candidate
2015 HONORS
All-ACC First Team (Media, Coaches)
Jim Brown Award Winner
All-America First Team (FWAA, SI.com)
All-America Second Team (AP, Sporting News, Walter Camp, CBSSports.com)
2015: Registered one of the finest seasons by a Seminole tailback in school history during his sophomore campaign…recipient of the Jim Brown Award – given to the nation’s top running back by the Touchdown Club of Columbus…garnered first and second team All-America honors, while claiming first team All-ACC accolades from both the media and coaches…finished seventh in the 2015 Heisman Trophy voting…became FSU’s all-time single-season leader in rushing yards (1,691) and all-purpose yards (1,935) in 2015...eclipsed the single-season rushing mark in his ninth game of the season vs. NC State surpassing Warrick Dunn’s 20-year record of 1,242 yards...passed Larry Key’s single-season all-purpose yards record (1,821) in FSU’s road victory at Florida...tallied 1,691 rushing yards on 229 attempts in 12 games, good for an average of 140.9 yards per game and 7.4 yards per carry...his 19 rushing touchdowns finished one shy of tying Greg Allen’s single-season record of 20 rushing touchdowns set in 1982…led the ACC in six offensive categories including rushing yards/game, rushing yards/carry, all-purpose yards, total rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and scoring...finished the year as the only player nationally to rank in the top 10 in the following offensive categories: rush yards/carry (2nd), rushing yards/game (5th), all-purpose yards (6th), rushing yards (6th), rushing touchdowns (8th) and scoring (10th)…ended the regular season leading the nation with 168.2 yards from scrimmage/game, 194.3 yards/game vs. FBS teams with a winning record and yards vs. Top 50 rushing defenses tallying 1,031 yards on 154 carries with 11 touchdowns in seven games...led all rushers with at least 100 carries in the Power 5 Conferences in yards/carry (7.38)…tallied six 150-yard rushing games in 2015 including two 200-yard games (266 vs. USF, 222 vs. Miami)...his career-high 266 yards on the ground against USF marked the second-best single-game rushing total in school history and first 200+ yard rushing game since Sammie Smith tallied 212 yards vs. Tulane in 1988…ran for 222 yards against intra-state rival Miami to also give him the fifth-best single-game rushing total in FSU history…became just the second Seminole all-time with two 200+ rushing yard games in a season (G. Allen, 1981)...also rushed over the century mark in 2015 against Texas State (156 yards), Louisville (163), Clemson (194), NC State (138), Chattanooga (106) and Florida (183)…rushed for a season-high 157 yards in the first half at Clemson...tallied 150 of his 183 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter against No. 12 Florida in The Swamp…joined Warrick Dunn as the only two backs in FSU history to record multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons...his 94-yard touchdown run at Wake Forest was the third longest in FSU history; five rushing TDs of 50+ yds in 2015 including four of 72+ yards...tied with Chris Thompson with three of the top 20 longest TD runs in school history...two-time ACC Offensive Back of the Week (Sept. 14, Oct. 12) in 2015...became the fastest player in FSU history to reach 1,000 yards on the ground in a single-season performing the feat in just seven games...also became the fastest tailback to reach 2,000 rushing yards performing the feat in just his 20th career game…sits fifth on FSU’s career rushing list with 2,699 yards on 399 carries...entered the top 10 faster than any other Seminole (just two seasons) and is the only tailback in the top 10 that has not reached 400 career rushing attempts...27 career rushing TDs is good for sixth most at FSU...has 13 career 100-yard rushing games, including eight in 2015, fourth most in school history…put together a streak of five straight 100-yard rushing games (over two seasons) – one shy of the school-record six set by Dunn…holds the school record for the most rushing yards gained by a freshman (1,008 in 2014) and by a sophomore (1,691 in 2015)…was named the team’s Offensive MVP at the end of the year banquet and one of four permanent captains in 2015...named one of three Offensive MVPs and presented with the Community Service Award following the 2016 spring season.

2014: ACCOLADES: All-ACC Second Team (Media)...All-ACC Third Team (Coaches)...Athlon Sports All-Freshman Second Team...Campus Insiders All-Freshman Team (HM)...College Football News All-Freshman Team (HM)...Put together the finest season by a freshman running back in Florida State history, setting an FSU freshman record with 1,008 yards and eight rushing scores on just 170 carries (5.9 ypc)...became first Seminole freshman to reach 1,000-yard plateau and just the ninth player ever…ranked fifth in the ACC in total rushing yards, rushing yards per game (77.5) and yards per carry (5.9)…collected All-ACC Second Team honors from the media and Third Team accolades from the coaches…captured Freshman All-America honors from Athlon Sports, Campus Insiders and College Football News…had five 100-yard rushing games, including the final three games…all five of his 100-yard games came over final nine games and four were on the road…finished with 22 receptions for 203 yards (9.2 ypr)…rushed for 177 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries in just his second start en route to MVP honors in the ACC Championship Game...his 31 carries were the most by a Seminole since Greg Jones also had 31 totes versus Miami in 2002...added five receptions for 43 yards against Georgia Tech for 220 total yards on 36 touches to lead FSU to its third straight conference title...had 103 rushing yards on 15 carries and three receptions for 24 yards in his third career start at the Rose Bowl against Oregon…had 144 yards rushing on 24 carries versus Florida...had 92 yards on just seven carries against his hometown Hurricanes at Miami, including a 44-yard touchdown in the second quarter and the 26-yard game-winning score with 3:05 left in the game...carried the Seminoles to a 21-point comeback win at Louisville by rushing for 110 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries...had five carries for 99 yards in the second half, including a 40-yard score that brought FSU within three at the end of the third quarter and a 38-yard game-winning touchdown with 3:46 left in the game...captured ACC Rookie of the Week and Athlon Sports National Freshman of the Week honors following his performance against the Cardinals...rushed for 122 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries in first career start at Syracuse...had a second-half touchdown with 45 yards on only six carries at NC State...scored his first career touchdown on a five-yard run versus The Citadel and finished with a game-high 67 rushing yards on 13 carries.

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