NFL Draft Rumors: Florida State RB Dalvin Cook May Drop to the Second Round
Florida State running back Dalvin Cook could get drafted in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft, according to the latest rumors. The Seminoles junior has been considered as one of the first-round draft prospects this year, but recent projections are starting to drop him to the second round.
There was a time during the pre-draft process when Cook was the undisputed second-best running back in the 2017 draft class behind LSU's Leonard Fournette. Some analysts have even ranked him ahead of Fournette at that time, as per Chat Sports.
However, speculations abound that many NFL clubs are no longer seeing him as a worthwhile first-round investment because of apprehensions with regards to his "durability and character". Also, his disappointing display during the Combine may have discouraged teams from drafting him in the higher rounds as he made himself look like a mercurial player with his performance.
Basing on talent alone, Cook is certainly a first-round, if not a top 10, prospect in this draft class. However, when teams check his medical history, they are going to find out that he has had hamstring issues since the 2015 season and have also undergone three shoulder surgeries since high school.
His notoriety off-the-field is also a reason why teams may think twice about adding him in their locker room. The 5-foot-10, 210-pound rusher has had clashes with law enforcement also since high school. He was charged with robbery in 2009, firing and possessing an illegal weapon inside school premises in 2010, and a misdemeanor battery charge outside a bar in 2015.
On the field, Cook gained 1,765 yards and scored 19 touchdowns on 288 attempts last season. He received 33 passes for 488 yards with one touchdown as well. While his numbers are great, his hands are inconsistent at best and may take a while to adjust to NFL-level running and catching situations.
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