(Introducing a new insider: Jamil King, who joins us and weighs in on what to believe about Dalvin Cook headed to the draft)
Draft week is finally upon us and with that comes speculation after speculation. Florida State’s Dalvin Cook has become a hot name on the “speculation train” amid his allegations for a BB gun incident in 2014, animal cruelty in 2015, and an assault in 2014.
Cook was found not guilty or acquitted of these charges. While none of these three charges are condoned in any way shape or form, Cook can put these mistakes in the past and focus on the future. Or can he?
Cook’s camp should have nothing to worry about with on the field ability. He went for 207 total yards vs. the number one total defense in the Michigan Wolverines in what turned out to be his final game in the Orange Bowl, He had also put up 179 total yards versus the Florida Gators number 5 rated defense and if that wasn’t enough, he also proceeded to give the National Champion Clemson Tigers, and their number 8 defense, 184 total yards and 4 touchdowns!
If those three games themselves don’t scream first round talent I don’t know what does. With news floating, around about a drop-in stock for Cook this could leave the Bucs salivating at pick 19 Thursday night.
The need is there with Jacquizz Rodgers leading the team in rushing at just 560 yards, and Doug Martin currently a walking question mark. The Bucs were ranked 24th out of 32 teams in total rushing behind teams like the Jets, Browns, and Packers who had a revolving door at the position led by a receiver.
The Bucs obviously picked a player with off field issues before in star quarterback Jameis Winston, who just happened to attended Florida State and play along side Cook for one season in 2014. What better player to help lead and mentor him to a better future, than one who did it on his own and happens to be a close friend.
What’s really happening with Cook’s status? Only the teams themselves know, but we know the Bucs will be smiling if Cook continues to drop towards them without having to move up during round one.