Explosiveness and quick-shifting ability might be available early in the second round, according to the latest NFL Draft rumors.
Dalvin Cook, the dynamic running back out of Florida State, might see himself fall entirely out of the first round following Marshawn Lynch’s recent trade to the Oakland Raiders.
According to Draft Analyst’s Tony Pauline, Cook would be a reach to be taken in the first round.
Last night, prior to the announcement of a deal being reached for running back Marshawn Lynch, a source from the Oakland Raiders told me they expect Cook to be available when they are called to the clock with the 24th pick of round one but have no interest in selecting him. At that point, they feel Joe Mixon is the wiser choice.
The point isn’t so much that Cook wouldn’t be the next back off the board after Leonard Fournette, but rather that there isn’t a logical landing spot for him in the first round. Cook’s numerous injuries appear to be playing a significant factor in where he might land.
Cook was impossible to wrestle to the ground while he was a Seminole, but how much that will translate at the NFL level can’t be known. Even if he is taken in the second round, expectations will be high, and he’ll still receive a respectable payday.
If he can live up to his potential, and keep his body healthy, the sky is the limit.
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