Add the San Francisco 49ers to the list of teams that are taking a strong interest in talking to and looking at former FSU running back Dalvin Cook for the upcoming NFL Draft.
According to Comcast Sports Bay Area, The Niners brought Cook in to their facility on Wednesday to size up the Noles all time leading rusher.
It’s no secret that the Niners are in search of help at the running back position, as Carlos Hyde just concluded his third season in the Bay Area with only modest success rushing for 988 yards and six TDs in 13 games. However, with the 49ers picking second, it’s unlikely that they would spend that pick on a running back. Instead, they would likely trade down to later in the top 10 or so to try to get a back.
San Francisco, under brand new GM John Lynch, also just signed veteran Tim Hightower in free agency to compete for playing time. This further makes the point that they don’t have to have a running back right away in this draft.
As for Cook, the Eagles and the Browns have both brought him in for visits, as well. And, as we wrote earlier this week, the more interesting team, that really has a need at tailback and could use the help at the box office too is the Jaguars. Then again, the Jags were also going to be talking to LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon, as part of their diligence.
Pro Football Talk reported Friday morning that Cook is in Cincinnati to talk to the Bengals, too.
One thing is for sure, with the heightened interest from all these teams that have needs in the backfield, and after Cook’s strong 40 times at his FSU pro day, it’s obvious that he’s going to go in the first round.
And probably sooner rather than later.