Lance Zierlein of NFL.com reports that the talk of Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey being the only running backs to be selected in round one is “growing louder.”
Zierlein mentions that while FSU RB Dalvin Cook is clearly a first-round talent, NFL teams don’t believe he’s worth a first-round investment, considering that there are durability and character concerns with him. Beyond that, Cook put together an unspectacular Combine workout.
Jason Cole of B/R reported last week that Cook continues to slide down draft boards because of inconsistent and workouts and troubling off-the-field issues.
According to Cole, NFL teams aren’t impressed with the advisors and marketing people he’s surrounded himself with. Cole added that the main concern is that Cook won’t be able to distance himself from some of the questionable people from his past.
Cook visited with the Buccaneers, Redskins, 49ers, Browns, and Bengals.
Cook, 21, is considered to be one of the best running back prospects in this year’s draft class. His combine performance was disappointing, but NFL teams seem to think his overall resume outweighs some of the concerns that arose from his workout in Indianapolis.
During his three years at Florida State, Cook appeared in 38 games and rushed for 4,464 yards on 687 carries (6.5 YPC) to go along with 79 receptions for 935 yards receiving and 48 total touchdowns.
We have him being selected by the Chiefs in the First Round of our 2017 NFL Mock Draft.