Florida State, RB, Dalvin Cook

Dalvin Cook is regarded as one of the best running backs heading into the draft and looking back at his time in college; it’s easy to see why. The two-time All-American broke school records during his time at Florida State, he set the single-season rushing yards record twice, as well as the career rushing yards record in only three seasons. His unique running style and ability to explode from running either inside or outside is something that makes him a prospect teams can’t miss. He was a focal point of the offense, as he was the primary option to guide the team down the field every drive to score.

Combine numbers

Height: 5’10”



Weight: 210 lbs.

40-yard dash: 4.49 seconds

Bench press: 22 reps (top performer)

Vertical: 30.5 inches

Broad jump: 116 inches

Three-cone drill: 7.27 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.53 seconds

Strengths

  • Flourished in the zone blocking schemes
  • Choppy feet and compact strides when running downhill
  • Elusive against oncoming tacklers
  • Great break away speed
  • Good vision

Weaknesses

  • Not the toughest inside runner
  • Needs help on his inside running
  • Will make an effort to avoid contact
  • Not a reliable blocker
  • Inconsistent hands (13 career fumbles)

How the 49ers can use Dalvin Cook

Cook is a player that would be used as a number two option behind Carlos Hyde. The 49ers need more depth at the running back position even with the recent acquisition of Tim Hightower. DuJuan Harris won’t cut it for that role, which is why the 49ers are so interested in the Florida State product. He won’t be a receiving option for the team by any means, but he will be a change of pace back for Hyde. It will be almost a smash and dash combination with the two, as Cook will be given the role of the faster, more elusive back.

Will they draft Cook?

They won’t draft him with their first-round pick. However, they will if he falls to the second-round. It’s all a matter of how the front office feels about Cook’s off the field issues with arrests. The team recently released cornerback Tramaine Brock earlier today after his domestic violence arrest. So really it’s a matter of him falling on draft day, and how the front office feels about his past in off the field altercations.