The latest NFL Draft rumors are coming out ahead of this week’s festivities in Philadelphia, and it looks like Florida State running back Dalvin Cook could be in for a long night on Thursday.
According to ESPN’s Mike Mayock, Cook seems more likely to suffer a significant draft day slide than Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster.
Teams are concerned about bout players off the field, but they seem more concerned about Cook.
Alabama ILB Reuben Foster and Florida State RB Dalvin Cook are two players who have gotten a lot of attention in draft circles for off-field concerns. Their status varies depending on the team you’re talking to, but Cook appears to have the potential to fall a little bit more than Foster.
That’s certainly interesting, considering Foster was dismissed from the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine for an altercation with a hospital employee. The Alabama star, who is widely regarded as the most complete linebacker in this year’s class, also failed a drug test at the combine.
As for Cook, the biggest issue seems to be the people he surrounds himself with back home.
That is one thing that could lead to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a potential destination, passing on the former Seminoles star.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers really like Cook and will strongly consider him if he’s on the board at No. 19. The concerns with Cook are who he surrounds himself with, so keeping him in the state of Florida would be a risk, considering that’s where he went to college and grew up (Miami).
One thing is for sure: It’s going to be interesting to see how it all plays out later this week.
Wherever Cook and Foster land, the franchises will be receiving incredibly talented players. The teams just need to weigh whether their talent is worth the off-field risks.