We thought we had the NFL Draft figured out (the running back position at least).
Is Dalvin Cook truly a can’t-miss prospect? That’s what some people are saying, and that’s not all we’re hearing. There have been comments made about him being the best running back in the history of the Florida State Seminoles football program, and that says a lot when you consider the talent that’s come through Tallahassee.
If Cook is the best, that’s saying something.
Think about the skill players that have worn the Seminoles jersey for a second. We’ll bring up two just to paint you a picture, former NFL great Warrick Dunn and Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman. There probably isn’t any team or coach on the planet that would be disappointed with adding someone who could bring the same level of offensive punch as either one of those two. Finding a ball carrier who could give you the type of longevity and consistency that Dunn showed us is rarely seen nowadays.
If Cook is seen as being better than both of them, he might actually be the can’t-miss product everyone says he is.
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The NFL Draft and the running back position:
As mentioned earlier, we thought we were figuring out how to handle the draft from the running back position. The NFL was becoming a passing league, and running backs just didn’t last as long as the game became faster and more violent. It was becoming more and more obvious that you could get great ones in later rounds, and for that reason, teams began to shy away.
The Ezekiel Elliott angle:
Then, much of the country who hadn’t already been introduced to Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott got a healthy dosage of him last season. “Zeke”, who came into the league with similar fanfare, was seen as the same type of talent. He was mentioned as one of those “once in a lifetime talents”. By the looks of things, if he stays healthy (and he realizes you can’t disrobe women in public), the Cowboys are set for quite some time.
Now, teams who need help on offense and need to figure out their running game (the Philadelphia Eagles for instance) are looking for that same type of player. Some say it’s Cook. The buzz is growing. Much of the fan base wants him. Some of the mocks we’re seeing have him going to Philadelphia at pick 14.
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Now, if that doesn’t get you going, you don’t have a pulse. Is Cook the best back in Seminoles history? Is he a sure thing? Will the Eagles take him at pick 14? Would he even still be available?We know he’s visited the NovaCare Complex, and we know they’re thinking about it. Only time will tell if that’s what happens. The NFL Draft is approaching.