2017 NFL Mock Draft by Alexander_21 2.0
Published at 1/30/2017 8:52:01 AM
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2016 First Round Pick: Corey Coleman, Baylor (15)
2016 Offense Rankings: Total (30) Pass (28) Rush (19)
2016 Defense Rankings: Total (31) Pass (21) Rush (31)
2017 Projected Salary Cap Space: $65,636,296
Needs: (1)QB, (2)OL, (3)S(2x), (4)CB, (5)WR
GM: Sashi Brown Head Coach: Hue Jackson
Offensive Coordinator: — Defensive Coordinator: Gregg Williams
Offensive Scheme: West Coast – Run Heavy Defensive Scheme: 3-4, Multiple
DE: DT: NT: LEO:
(1) Ogbah (1) Bryant (1) Shelton (1) Garrett
(2) Cooper (2) Meder (2) Wright (2) Nassib
NFL.com Grade: 7.63 ESPN Grade: 95 NFL Comparison: Julius Peppers
Measureables: H: 6'5 W: 270 40: 4.60
The Dallas area Defensive Player of the Year as a high school senior and member of an athletic family (mother, sister were college track stars, father Sean played in the NBA), big things were expected from Garrett upon his arrival in College Station. He didn't disappoint. The consensus Freshman All-American and second-team All-SEC pick had 11.5 picks as a freshman. Garrett then added finalist honors for the Lombardi and Hendricks Awards as the nation's top defender as a sophomore with 19.5 tackles for loss and tying for second in the FBS with 12.5 sacks and five forced fumbles. While fighting a knee injury suffered early in 2016, Garrett was still named first-team All-American and All-SEC as a junior (15 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks) while playing in 11 games, starting just nine.
Elite edge rusher who possesses rare explosiveness and the fluid-movement skills and agility of an NBA shooting guard. Good size, but he's never likely going to be a hold-your-ground run defender, and might be best suited as an outside linebacker. However, his ability to explode into the backfield through a gap or around the edge gives him disruptive potential on every snap. Garrett still needs to fine-tune his pass-rush strategy and could stand to give more consistent effort from the start of the snap until the whistle. But his pass-rush production and athletic traits point toward an all-pro career.
Cleveland is switching to the 4-3 defense under new defensive coordinator Greg Williams. Garrett is still the pick at 6-4 270 lbs since Garrett is an exceptional talent with the versatility to play 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker on either side. Watching Garrett face Joe Thomas in training camp will be a treat itself.
Emmanuel Ogbah will likely compliment Garrett at 4-3 left end. Ogbah played in a 4-3 defense at Oklahoma State and will do better in a 4-3 defense. Carl Nassib will be rotational guy behind Garrett and Ogbah at defensive end. Danny Shelton who plays nose tackle for Cleveland also played in a 4-3 defense at Washington, but Cleveland will need a defensive tackle to compliment Shelton in the first or second round.
My Take: Cleveland goes back to the Texas well and takes the #1 graded prospect. Though I feel the better pick would be Allen who could fill the DT role, as I feel pass-rush DTs are harder to find then speed DEs, and then try to find a Leo later, maybe a Barnett at 12. But Garrett is really to good to pass up. Also in Williams system, he will allow them to run some 34 plays as well which will allow the Browns to be more dynamic on defense which is saying a lot for a team that ranked 30th in Sacks in 2016.
2016 First Round Picks: DeForest Buckner, Oregon (7) Joshua Garnett, Stanford (28)
2016 Offense Rankings: Total (31) Pass (32) Rush (4)
2016 Defense Rankings: Total (32) Pass (14) Rush (32)
2017 Projected Salary Cap Space: $46,115,666
Needs: (1)QB, (2)WR(2x), (3)34OLB(2x), (4)OL, (5)ILB,
GM: — Head Coach: —
Offensive Coordinator: — Defensive Coordinator: —
Offensive Scheme: — Defensive Scheme: 3-4
NFL.com Grade: 6.86 ESPN Grade: 87 NFL Comparison: Matthew Stafford
Measureables: H: 6'3 W: 220 40: 4.77
Despite being ranked as the top dual-threat quarterback in the country by one recruiting service, Trubisky had to bide his time before getting on the field for the Tar Heels. Marquise Williams took the helm for four years in Chapel Hill, relegating the Mr. Ohio Football to a reserve role (82 of 125 for 1,014 yards, 11 touchdowns, five interceptions in 2014-2015). Trubisky had a breakout 2016 season, but only received third-team All-ACC honors because of the presence of the top two Heisman Trophy vote-getters (Louisville’s Lamar Jackson and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson). He ranked fifth in the country with a 68.0 completion percentage, threw 30 touchdowns against just six picks, and averaged 288 passing yards per contest. The dual-threat part of his game also came out in 2016, as he ran for 308 yards (net of lost sack yardage) and five scores.
Trubisky is a high-end quarterback prospect who possesses NFL size, a big arm and the ability to throw with accuracy from the pocket or on the move. Despite playing in a spread-based offense, he's a full-field reader who does a very good job of getting an early read on the safeties before crafting his course of action. Trubisky will have to become much more pocket aware and do a better job of recognizing and attacking blitzes to back NFL defensive coordinators off. He hasn't put all the pieces together yet, but the puzzle is all right in front. Trubisky projects as a good starting quarterback with a high floor and the potential to be great.
My Take: I LOATH THIS PICK. But I understand that it's a pick I have to put bias aside. I do not think there is ANY QB in this class that deserves a T10 pick. Trubisky reeks of will the feeling of Blaine Gabbert, who just so happens to maybe be his back up. But I do think that Shanahan will look for a QB very early. And on the flip-side Trubisky could mold into a Ryan-type QB.
2016 First Round Pick: Leonard Floyd, Georgia (9)
2016 Offense Rankings: Total (15) Pass (14) Rush (17)
2016 Defense Rankings: Total (16) Pass (7) Rush (27)
2017 Projected Salary Cap Space: $53,988,863
Needs: (1)QB, (2)OL(2x), (3)WR, (4)34OLB(D), (5)CB(D)
GM: Ryan Pace Head Coach: John Fox
Offensive Coordinator: Dowell Loggains Defensive Coordinator: Vic Fangio
Offensive Scheme: Erhardt-Perkins Defensive Scheme: 3-4
DT: NT: DE:
(1) Hicks (1) Goldman (1) Allen
(2) Bullard (2) Sutton (2) Washington
NFL.com Grade: 6.81 ESPN Grade: 94 NFL Comparison: Fletcher Cox
Measurables: H: 6'3 W: 292 40: 4.76
Allen won the 2016 Chuck Bednarik and Bronco Nagurski Award as the nation's top defender on the nation's top defense in 2016 (69 tackles, 16 TFL, led team with 10.5 sacks). He repeated as first-team All-SEC following an excellent junior year where he finished second in the SEC with 12 sacks (14.5 TFL, 4 PBU). The 2012 Virginia Gatorade High School Player of the Year contributed early in his first year, playing regularly as a freshman reserve (16 tackles, three TFL) and then stepped into the starting lineup as a sophomore (11.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks).
Outstanding leader and athlete with an ability to rush the passer from outside or inside. Has produced against the run and pass thanks to his strength, agility, elite hand usage, and plus footwork. He might not be the cleanest fit inside as a full-time tackle for some teams, but his talent should trump any size concerns. Allen is a likely first-round selection with Pro Bowl potential down the road.
Chicago realizes that they can save $14-million against the cap by releasing Jay Cutler in 2017 assuming he doesn't deliver. Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer, and Matt Barkley are not enticing options at quarterback.
At the same time, this is a weak quarterback group plus head coach John Fox is coming back. Chicago can save $16-million if they wait until 2018 to release Cutler and Chicago has $62-million to spend this year. If you think about it from a financial standpoint Chicago is more likely to need $16-million in 2018 than $14-million in 2017 for salary cap room plus if John Fox got to keep his job this year it may imply that Cutler gets to keep his job. Also drafting a new quarterback in this weak class and firing Fox the following year also implies that you are setting your quarterback up to fail.
Chicago can save $1-million in cap space if they release 3-4 right end Mitch Unrein and they can save $5-million in cap space by releasing 3-4 left end Akeim Hicks. Both are in contract years heading into 2017, plus this pass rush would make a major improvement if you had Allen at 3-4 right end and Jonathan Bullard your 2016 third round pick at 3-4 left end next to Allen with Eddie Goldman your 2015 second round pick at nose tackle this could potentially be one of the best 3-4 defensive lines in the entire NFL if all 3 of those guys managed to start next season. That would at least make the Bears competitive even with a quarterback as incompetent as Cutler or a head coach as incompetent as Fox.
The Bears pick Alabama senior Jonathan Allen here over a quarterback. Jonathan Allen had 10.5 sacks, 16 tackles for a loss, and 15 quarterback hurries in 2016 during his senior season. My biggest concern with Allen is that I see him as a 3-4 only player. Allen got schooled on tape when facing Arkansas left tackle Dan Skipper and does better against guards and right tackles on tape. He had similar problems against Clemson left tackle Mitch Hyatt who is expected to be a top 5 pick in 2018. Allen also struggled against Kentucky center Jon Toth as well, but he did get a sack on Western Kentucky's Forrest Lamp which was the only sack Lamp allowed in the last two years there, but I'll get to Lamp later.
Allen also loses count of plays at times when you watch his tape. If scouts notice this Allen could drop from being a top 3 pick to a top 5 pick, but that's entirely dependent on what what Chicago does with Jay Cutler. Allen won four different awards in 2016 so its hard to see him falling out of the top 3 if Chicago sticks with Cutler.
Chicago can use their second round pick on a quarterback to develop behind Cutler. I'm not sure Chicago can pass on assembling a defensive line that features Jonathan Allen at 3-4 right end, Eddie Goldman at nose tackle, and Jonathan Bullard at 3-4 left end.
My Take: This is a weak QB class. And with Trubisky, the only QB I see worth a T20 pick, off the board I don't see a reason to reach. I could see the Bears keeping Cutler one more year and looking for a project in the 2nd or 3rd. Or maybe Ryan Pace takes a chance on another Eastern Illinois alumni and trades a 2nd rounder for Grappollo.
2016 First Round Pick: Jalen Ramsey, Florida State (5)
2016 Offense Rankings: Total (23) Pass (20) Rush (22)
2016 Defense Rankings: Total (6) Pass (5) Rush (19)
2017 Projected Salary Cap Space: $26,652,399
Needs: (1)OL, (2)S, (3)43DE, (4)DT, (5)RB
GM: David Caldwell Head Coach: Doug Marrone
Offensive Coordinator: — Defensive Coordinator: —
Offensive Scheme: West Coast Defensive Scheme: 4-3
CBL: SS: FS: CBR:
(1) House (1) Adams (1) Gipson (1) Ramsey
(2) Amukamara (2) Sample (2) Thompson (2) Johnson
NFL.com Grade: 6.6 ESPN Grade: 93 NFL Comparison: Darren Woodson
Measurables: H: 6'1 W: 211 40:4.50
The son of a former NFL running back (George, who played at Kentucky and on the Super Bowl champion New York Giants team of 1986) looks like he's grown up with the game. Even in LSU's always-loaded secondary, the nation's top safety recruit got on the field a significant amount as a true freshman (two starts, 66 tackles, five break-ups, 10 special teams tackles). When given the chance to start as a sophomore, Adams garnered second-team All-SEC honors by making 67 stops, four interceptions and six pass break-ups. Coaches voted him second-team all-conference after his junior year (76 tackles, 7.5 for loss, one interception, four pass break-ups) even though the Associated Press put him on their first-team All-American squad due to his all-around impact for the Tigers' defense.
Interchangeable safety with a sheriff's mentality. Adams is a physical tone-setter who should thrive near the line of scrimmage or in a robber role. Should be a commanding presence in the locker room early on and his do-as-I-do play demeanor could be the catalyst for turning a struggling defense around quickly.
One Jaguars fan tweeted that he would burn down Jacksonville if the Jaguars brought back strong safety Jonathan Cyrpien after he regressed a lot in 2016. That should be a pretty clear indicator that the Jaguars are not bringing Cyprien back, but if they do I will change this pick to Leonard Fournette in a heart beat.
Jamal Adams and Malik Hooker are both much better in coverage than Jabrill Peppers. Peppers also missed his bowl game with an injury so now scouts are going to have durability concerns about Peppers as well. Jamal Adams has the versatility to play both safety spots at strong safety and free safety. Adams can play man, zone, or press coverage effectively. Adams is the most complete safety in this draft now.
My Take: I like both Hooker and Adams in this draft, but I think that Adams fits the Jags better here because he fits better as a SS. Hooker weighs in around 205, which is about the same as FS Gipson that the Browns brought in last year. This gives them a truer SS. Cyprien has had ups and down, but its to risky to pay him big $$$ and then he not produce.
2016 First Round Pick: Jack Conklin, Michigan State (8)
2016 Offense Rankings: Total (11) Pass (25) Rush (3)
2016 Defense Rankings: Total (20) Pass (30) Rush (2)
2017 Projected Salary Cap Space: $43,368,317
Needs: (1)CB, (2)S, (3)34DE, (4)WR, (5)TE
GM: Jon Robinson Head Coach: Mike Mularkey
Offensive Coordinator: Terry Robiskie Defensive Coordinator: Dick LeBeau
Offensive Scheme: Run Heavy Defensive Scheme: 3-4
CBL: SS: FS: CBR:
(1) McCain (1) Searcy (1) Hooker (1) McCourty
(2) Blake (2) Stafford (2) Johnson (2) Sims
NFL.com Grade: 6.7 ESPN Grade: 92 NFL Comparison: Reggie Nelson
Measurables: H: 6'2 W: 205 40: 4.47
Coming out of high school, Hooker could have played Division I basketball. He led New Castle (Penn.) High to a state title as a senior in addition to being an all-state pick as a defensive back (in only his second year of football). Hooker made the right call coming to Ohio State to play safety. He redshirted in 2013 and played as a reserve in 2015 (10 tackles) due to the team's depth at the position. He took advantage of his ascension up the depth chart as a redshirt sophomore in 2016, receiving first-team All-American and All-Big Ten accolades after making 74 tackles (5.5 for loss), intercepting seven passes (tied for second nationally), and breaking up four others.
He's the ultimate lurker. His instincts are always bringing him to the football and when he gets there he has the ball skills to take it away. His lack of game experience and issues with tackle consistency will likely show themselves early in his career, but his ability to flip the field is worthy of an aggressive projection. He has the talent to be a high-impact starter for years in the NFL.
My Take: The Titans could go for a CB here, or a WR. Though I don't think Williams is worth of a T5 pick. Odell was the 12th pick, and Julio was a 4th pick. And I don't place him with either one, but you never know. But I think Hooker is a guy I really like and I think he can really help hold down the secondary and has the ability to play sideline-to-sideline and allow LeBeau the ability to run Searcy in a true 34 Zone Blitz Scheme.
2016 First Round Pick: Darron Lee, Ohio State (20)
2016 Offense Rankings: Total (26) Pass (27) Rush (12)
2016 Defense Rankings: Total (11) Pass (17) Rush (11)
2017 Projected Salary Cap Space: ($1,123,250)
Needs: (1) QB, (2) OT(2x), (3)CB(2x), (4) TE, (5) ILB
GM: Mike Maccagnan Head Coach: Todd Bowles
Offensive Coordinator: — Defensive Coordinator: Kacy Rodgers
Offensive Scheme: Spread, Vertical Attacking Defensive Scheme: 3-4, Multiple
NFL.com Grade: 7.15 ESPN Grade: 94 NFL Comparison: Bo Jackson
Measurables: H: 6'1 W: 230 40: 4.50
It was pretty clear that Fournette was going to be a star in college after he dominated at the high school level in New Orleans. The No. 1 overall recruit and USA Today National High School Offensive Player of the Year chose to stay in-state, and he made his mark in his three years at LSU. Fournette led the SEC in all-purpose yards as a true freshman (137.4 per game, including 1,034 rushing yards, 625 on kickoff returns). He followed that up with by nearly clearing the 2,000-yard mark (1,953) and scoring 22 rushing touchdowns in a consensus All-American sophomore campaign. Unfortunately, his junior season did not go as planned, as a pre-season ankle injury was aggravated multiple times during the year, limiting his playing time to just seven games (he chose not to play in the team's bowl game to prepare himself for the pre-draft evaluation process). That seventh game shouldn't have happened, but a pre-game brawl against Florida pushed him to play hurt. Regardless of the injury, he received second-team All-SEC honors with five 100-yard games and a 287-yard, three-touchdown effort against Ole Miss.
High-end talent with rare blend of size, speed and power. Comparisons to Adrian Peterson feel lofty, but from a physical standpoint, he's there. Fournette doesn't have the wiggle to make defenders miss and his vision can be iffy. However, if your run fits and tackling aren't sound, he can take it the distance in an instant. May have durability concerns due to physical running style, but has All-Pro potential.
MY Take: Fournette is a one in a generation type of player. He is the perfect combo of Size and Speed. He has had some injuries, but I feel he handled his injuries conservatively enough at LSU that they are not a real concern to me. But I don't think this is a contending team in 2017. 2015 was a fluke and this is a 2-3 year turn around team. I think with Fournette and Forte in the backfield you can take pressure off of Hackenberg or Petty. This is a Leonard Williams type pick, just pick the TPA.
2016 First Round Pick: Joey Bosa, Ohio State (3)
2016 Offense Rankings: Total (14) Pass (8) Rush (26)
2016 Defense Rankings: Total (16) Pass (20) Rush (10)
2017 Projected Salary Cap Space: $22,744,497
Needs: (1) OT(2x), (2) OG(2x), (3) WR, (4) S, (5) CB
GM: Tom Telesco Head Coach: Anthony Lynn
Offensive Coordinator: Ken Whisenhunt Defensive Coordinator: Wade Phillips
Offensive Scheme: Erhardt-Perkins Defensive Scheme: 3-4, Multiple
DE: DT: NT: LEO:
(1) Bosa (1) Liget (1) Mebane (1) Thomas
(2) Philon (2) Eulls (2) Lissemore (2) Emanuel
NFL.com Grade: 6.85 ESPN Grade: 93 NFL Comparison: Justin Smith
Measurables: H: 6'3 W: 273 40: 4.80
Thomas spent five years in Australia in his youth, but his return to the States allowed him to develop first into one of the top high school players in the country (top 25 recruit nationally) and then one of college's top defensive linemen. After a redshirt season, Thomas was named honorable mention All-Pac-12 in 2015 (39 tackles, 10.5 for loss, 3.5 sacks). He had four tackles, two for loss, and a sack in the Cardinal's win over Iowa in the Rose Bowl. The redshirt sophomore kicked his game up a notch in 2016, receiving multiple All-American honors and winning the Morris Trophy as the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. Thomas led the team with 62 tackles, 15 for loss, while sacking the quarterback eight times. Thomas' bowl performance against North Carolina opened a lot of eyes, as he was all over the field in the Cardinal's win in a way that isn't even reflected in an impressive stat line (seven tackles, two for loss, sack)
Explosive defender who combines strength, quickness, and a muscle-car motor to drive him around the field making play after play. Has the hands and feet to be a quick-win specialist and the size to fit as a 4-3 or 3-4 defensive end who can reduce inside for pass-rush downs. He has all the athletic traits to become a high-impact player and possesses more than enough skill and talent to believe he will continue to elevate his game as a pro. Thomas has the potential to become the best defender from this draft class and a future all-pro.
2016 First Round Pick: Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech (30)
2016 Offense Rankings: Total (19) Pass (21) Rush (10)
2016 Defense Rankings: Total (21) Pass (29) Rush (6)
2017 Projected Salary Cap Space: $46,568,741
Needs: (1) OT(2x), (2) CB, (3) 43DE, (4) RB, (5) S
GM: Dave Gettleman Head Coach: Ron Rivera
Offensive Coordinator: Mike Shula Defensive Coordinator: Steve Wilks
Offensive Scheme: Erhardt-Perkins Defensive Scheme: 4-3
DE: DT: NT: LEO:
(1)Ealy (1) Butler (1) Lotulelei (1) Barnett
(2) Horton (2) Love (2) Soliai (2) Webster
NFL.com Grade: 6.21 ESPN Grade: 91 NFL Comparison: Nick Perry
Measurables: H: 6'3 W: 268 40: 4.75
The defensive line talent seen in the Southeastern Conference makes it difficult to make an all-conference squad. Barnett made the honor roll three times in three years. The Nashville native was the first freshman ever to start on the line for Tennessee in 2014, making 20.5 tackles for loss (which led the SEC) and 10 sacks on the year. Barnett led the Vols with 10 more sacks in 2015, earning a spot on the Associated Press All-Bowl Team with eight tackles and a sack versus Northwestern in the Outback Bowl. In his junior year, Barnett was a first-team All-SEC pick and first-team All-American by multiple outlets with 18 tackles for loss and 12 sacks (which ranked sixth in the FBS).
Strong edge presence with NFL-caliber hand usage and play strength. Barnett is one of the most productive defensive linemen to come out of the SEC in quite some time despite lacking the length and twitch that teams usually look for off the edge. His awareness and play traits should keep him near the action and he has the talent to step into a starting base end spot right away. There could be coordinators who view him as an early down, outside backer in a 3-4 with the ability to put his hand in the ground on sub packages.
2016 First Round Pick: William Jackson III, Houston (24)
2016 Offense Rankings: Total (13) Pass (15) Rush (13)
2016 Defense Rankings: Total (17) Pass (11) Rush (21)
Projected Salary Cap Space: $44,479,265
Needs: (1) 43DE, (2) S, (3)OT(2x), (4)43LB, (5) G
GM: Mike Brown Head Coach: Marvin Lewis
Offensive Coordinator: Ken Zampese Defensive Coordinator: Paul Guenther
Offensive Scheme: Air Coryell Defensive Scheme: 4-3
SLB: MLB: WLB:
(1) Dansby (1) Foster (1) Burfict
(2) Flowers (2) Rey (2) Vigil
NFL.com Grade: 6.43 ESPN Grade: 92 NFL Comparison: Bobby Wagner
Measurables: H: 6'1 W: 244 40: 4.73
Alabama's star inside linebacker started his ascension to elite prospect status last summer when he lost 20 pounds. His newfound speed and agility, while keeping his trademark aggression and instincts, made him a unanimous first-team All-American and All-SEC pick. Foster also won the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker and was a finalist for the Bednarik Award, leading the Tide with 115 tackles, 13 for which went for losses including five sacks. He won the SEC Championship MVP, as well (11 tackles, 2.5 for loss, two sacks). Foster was a starter as a junior (73 tackles, eight TFL, two sacks, nine pass break-ups) after two seasons as a key reserve MIKE linebacker and special teams ace (12 tackles in 2013; 22 tackles, two TFL in 2014).
Foster is a vicious hitter with elite playmaking range and an ability to toggle between 225 and 240 pounds. Athleticism gives him cover ability that former teammate Reggie Ragland never possessed. Has Pro Bowl potential as a 3-4 inside linebacker or a 4-3 weak-side linebacker, but concerns over his medical history could be a consideration, according to some teams.
The Bengals release Rey Maualuga and drafting Reuben Foster since releasing Maualuga saves the Bengals $3.7 million against the cap plus their is no cap penalty for releasing him. I like Foster and now realize why others had him this high to begin the season.
Reuben Foster had 60 solo tackles, 55 assisted tackles, 115 total tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, 5 sacks, and 8 quarterback hurries in 2016. Foster dominated in coverage in 2015. My only concern with him would be to add 5 lbs of muscle at 6-1 228 lbs.
Foster has the pass rushing of Demario Davis, stops the run like Lawrence Timmons, drops back into coverage like Jamie Collins, and has the exact same versatility as former Alabama linebackers Dont'a Hightower and Reggie Ragland. This linebacker also has the best rip and swim moves on tape since Lawrence Taylor and he's more of an inside linebacker rather than an outside linebacker even though he could be a plug-in-play guy at any linebacker spot in the NFL.
Foster has the versatility to play 4-3 right outside linebacker, 4-3 middle linebacker, 4-3 left outside linebacker, 3-4 right outside linebacker, 3-4 middle linebacker, or 3-4 left outside linebacker. Foster is the most versatile first round linebacker prospect on tape in 2016.
2016 First Round Pick: Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida (11)
2016 Offense Rankings: Total (18) Pass (16) Rush (24)
2016 Defense Rankings: Total (23) Pass (22) Rush (22)
2017 Projected Salary Cap Space: $69,495,239
Needs: (1) S, (2) RB, (3) WR, (4) 43DT, (5) CB
GM: Jason Licht Head Coach: Dirk Koetter
Offensive Coordinator: Todd Monken Defensive Coordinator: Mike Smith
Offensive Scheme: Erhardt-Perkins Defensive Scheme: 4-3
NFL.com Grade: 6.54 ESPN Grade: 92 NFL Comparison: Edgerrin James
Florida State has had a slew of talented running backs over the past 30 years, but Cook was the first to break the 1,000-yard barrier in his first season with the team. The next two seasons have only gotten better, ranking in the top 10 by breaking 1,600 yards (1,691 in 2015 ranked sixth in the FBS, 1,765 in 2016 ranked fifth), scoring 19 times as a rusher, and earning first-team All-ACC accolades each year. The speedy and shifty back was also named 2016 first-team All-American by the Associated Press and Walter Camp Foundation, among others. NFL teams will be interested in his medical checks, though, because of the hamstring issues he had throughout the 2015 season and the three shoulder surgeries he's had since high school. Cook tore his rotator cuff in high school, then tore the front part of his labrum in 2014, and the back part of the labrum in 2016. He's also had run-ins with the law, starting in high school (robbery in 2009, charges dropped; firing and possessing a weapon on school property in 2010, charges drooped) and then again in 2015, where he was charged with misdemeanor battery outside a bar (found not guilty).
Very talented runner with outstanding balance, footwork and burst. Cook lacks the power that you may find with some running backs in this year's draft, but he is a homerun hitter with a resume featuring monster games against his most highly regarded opponents. Cook creates for himself with elusiveness and speed, but his value could be diminished by injuries, character and issues in pass protection. If everything checks out, he could become a rookie of the year candidate right away.