Profiling the Prospects: Dalvin Cook makes his case as the best RB in the NFL Draft


Over the next month, will break down some of the best players in this year's NFL Draft class and what they could bring to Cleveland's youth-laden roster.*

Name:RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State

Measurables: 5-foot-10, 210 pounds

What makes him a first-round pick?

Cook was ridiculously productive in three seasons at Florida State, totaling 4,464​ yards and 46 TDs (including 1,796 yards and 19 TDs in 2016) in three seasons at Florida State. He also caught 79 passes for another 935 yards as the preeminent playmaker on a Seminoles team that found itself competing for ACC and national titles over that span.

What makes Cook a special runner, though, is his "outstanding balance, footwork and burst," according to analyst Lance Zierlein.

Smaller than LSU's Leonard Fournette "Cook lacks the power that you may find with some running backs in this year's draft," Zierlein wrote, "but he is a homerun hitter with a resume featuring monster games against his most highly regarded opponents."

Biggest college moment?

Cook's career is punctuated with big games on big stages, but a bout against rival Miami in 2015 stands out. He ran 22 times for 222 yards and two touchdowns, including a 23-yard score that put the Seminoles on top once and for all (he also caught three passes for 47 yards and a touchdown). In a dramatic game full of momentum swings, Cook was a steady force that powered Florida State to a memorable win.

How did he do at the combine?

Cook didn't do himself any favors with a so-so showing at the Combine, posting a 4.49-second 40-yard dash (slower than expected) and generally disappointing numbers across the board, including the vertical and broad jumps.

Quote to know

"I love the game so much because of everything that comes with it: the losing, the winning, the relationships you build in the locker room, the memories that come with it, and it's just everything about it. It's the ultimate team sport, so that's why I love the game. Going out there competing with my brothers. Winning or losing, the memories we're going to have in the locker room it's something I'll always remember, from Florida State, too. That's why I love the game."


RB Dalvin Cook totaled 4,464 yards and 46 touchdowns in three seasons at Florida State.

Why he would make sense for the Browns?**

Cook is an explosive, ultra productive talent who played his best when it mattered most. He also proved his worth in the pass game, something that could go a long way in head coach Hue Jackson's dynamic offense.

Reasons why he won't be available at No. 12?

The Browns have two talented and proven backs in Crowell and Johnson, whom Jackson has praised since he came to Cleveland a year ago. Zierlein also writes teams could have concerns about Cook's fumbling habits, nagging hamstring/shoulder injuries and off-field issues that date back to high school in Miami-Dade county.  ​

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