Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Cook is arguably the best running back available in the draft. In three seasons at Florida State, he ran for a total of 4,464 yards and 46 touchdowns with an average of 6.5 yards per carry. He excelled as a receiving back as well, recording 79 receptions for 935 yards and a pair of scores.
Unfortunately, Cook has some major character issues that many teams will find unsettling. Cook was suspended in 2015 after allegedly punching a woman outside a bar, but he was found not guilty and was reinstated by the team the following month.
Character issues aside, Cook is an incredible football player who is more than capable of carrying the load for the Eagles as a rookie.
Here is a scouting report on Cook, courtesy of NFL.com.
"STRENGTHS: Uses choppy feet and compact stride length downhill. Keeps feet under him and is able to make lateral cuts at a moment’s notice. Flourished in zone, gap and power schemes at FSU. At his best running wide while setting up lead blockers. Slows flowing safeties and linebackers with hesitation steps and glances back inside. Has run-away gear around the corner he keeps tucked away for special occasions. Darting style allows him to escape defenders who show gap commitment too soon. Plus vision. Quick to flow from first to second read on outside zone plays. Greedy redzone runner with ability to cash those checks. The brighter the lights, the bigger his game. Comfortable in both one-back and two-back groupings. Rare ability to cut it all the way back across the grain. Changes direction with degree of subtlety on second level without gearing down. Not much of a dancer. Tends to get hit it up the field. Feet in constant state of motion. Despite drops, can be dangerous out of backfield. WEAKNESSES: Not always a tough inside runner. Can be early to bounce it outside rather than plant and go downhill. Needs to become more comfortable between the tackles. Excellent vision to the perimeter becomes cloudier between the b-gaps. Will duck head and finish a run prematurely rather than probing for more interior space. Not always small through the crease. Flashes ability to finish with authority but makes business decisions at times. Hips not as fluid as expected. Would benefit from use of a hearty stiff-arm. Inconsistent hands in all phases. Ball security issues with 13 career fumbles. Suffers from focus drops out of backfield. Won’t square-up on blitzers and may not be reliable enough as blocker to play on third downs."