Philadelphia Eagles 2017 Draft Profile: Dalvin Cook
- Height: 5’11”
- Weight: 213 lbs
- College: Florida State
- NFL Grade*: 6.54
- Projected Round: 1st Round
- NFL comparison: Jamaal Charles
In his first year as a Seminole, Cook was the first running back to set a 1,000-yard rushing mark as a freshman.
In his sophomore season, he rushed for 1691 yards and 19 touchdowns while earning first-team All-ACC honors.
His junior year, he rushed for 1,765 yards and 19 toucdowns and racked up nearly 500 receiving yards as well. He received the same first-team All-ACC honors in addition to being named first-team All-American by the Associated Press.
How Cook Will Fit with Eagles
Cook is an absolute playmaker. He is able to bounce to the outside if a hole closes and uses his quick cut ability and acceleration to boost himself.
One of Cook’s best traits is his pass catching ability. Out of the backfield, he is patient and will use his vision to separate himself from defenders and quickly sprint past defenders. Darren Sproles is the best pass-catching back on the roster but will be retiring after one more season. Cook could be a long term replacement back who is able to do it all.
Running back is one of the top positional needs for the Eagles along with wide receiver and cornerback. However, since the Eagles ranked 11th in rushing with Ryan Mathews at the helm, it would seem the other two positions take priority in this year’s draft. If the Eagles take a chance on Cook, their best wide receiver would most likely come from free agency.
The necessity for a complete back in head coach Doug Pederson’s west coast offense vital to the success of the team. As of now, the Eagles do not have a complete back. (And they haven’t since LeSean McCoy was traded to the Buffalo Bills in 2015) Cook is not as shifty as McCoy is, but that is a good thing in some ways. He likes to one cut and go downfield, a valuable tendency for a struggling offense.