Dalvin Cook: I’m A Three Down Back

Dalvin Cook entered the NFL Combine as one of the best running back prospects in this year’s draft. That’s exactly how he left it, too.

The Florida State product clocked a 4.49 in the 40-yard dash and cranked out 22 reps during the 225-pound bench press.

“I think I did real good,” Cook said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “I (did well on the bench press). I ran a good time. I think I had overall a solid day.”

Cook might be the best all-around back in the draft. Some backs have power, some have speed, some can run between the tackles, some are pass-catchers.

Cook does it all.

“I think that’s what separates my game,” Cook said. “I can be on the field all three downs. I’m a three-down back. I catch the ball out of the backfield, run between the tackles, outside zone, inside zone – it doesn’t matter. I think that’s what separates my game.”

 

Cook met with 24 teams during the Combine but did not receive any crazy questions. It was mostly about football.

“I kind of got deep into certain teams’ schemes and systems,” Cook said. “At Florida State, we ran a pro-style system, so I really don’t prefer a certain system. I think we ran it all at Florida State. I think I’ll fit in just fine no matter where I go.”

A few teams asked Cook about his decision to play in the Orange Bowl this past December. Cook carried 20 times for 145 yards and a touchdown and had three catches for 62 yards in Florida State’s 33-32 win over Michigan.

“The ball gets snapped, I want to get out there and get some reps and get better,” Cook said. “That’s my mindset.”

Doug Gottlieb tried to compare Cook to a current NFL running back and came up with Matt Forte. Not a bad comparison, but Cook, 21, went in another direction.

“I think when he was healthy, I (modeled) by game behind Jamaal (Charles),” Cook said. “He’s not a big back, but he can run between the tackles, speed back, uses his vision to make a lot of plays. Just give him the ball. He’s going to make a play.”

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