More than a few people would like the Eagles to draft Dalvin Cook. The original hope was that the Eagles would take him 14th overall. That’s not going to happen. The question with Cook is how far he falls. Could he fall to the 2nd round? Could be fall all the way to the Eagles pick in the 2nd round?
Cook was a great college player. He has the chance to be a terrific pro. There are just a lot of questions with him that affect his value. Those questions might or might not affect his pro career. For now, they will affect where he is drafted.
Based solely on game tape, Cook is a 1st round talent.
— Adam Sjovold (@ASjovold) April 13, 2017
— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) April 5, 2017
— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) April 2, 2017
Cook looks special in those clips.
The argument for Cook is that the talent in those clips makes him worth taking a chance on. Dallas rolled the dice on Ezekiel Elliott. There were character questions about him prior to last year’s draft and Elliott has done nothing to make himself look good off the field. You can argue he’s the best player in the NFC East on the field, but Dallas has to be nervous about his behavior. The Steelers love Le’Veon Bell as a player, but have concerns with him off the field. It has to be intimidating to make a big financial commitment to him when there is so much risk involved.
Cook could put his team in a similar situation. Is it worth it?
The Eagles could certainly make a case for taking him. Carson Wentz, Brent Celek, Jason Peters, Darren Sproles, Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith are all high character players on offense. If you took Cook and added him to that mix, those players would offer the right kind of support system for him. One of the benefits to having a group of high character players is that you can take chances on risky players to mix in with them. Rex Ryan used to tell Ravens scouts that “if you have enough ants, they can carry a cockroach”. That’s a weird analogy, but I think the overall point comes through.
The Eagles could even consider trading up from their 2nd round pick to the early 2nd or even late 1st if they felt strongly enough about Cook. I have no idea if they do. He seems to think the Eagles like him, but prospects sometimes confuse attention and concern.
This draft is loaded with RBs so the Eagles will only make an aggressive play for Cook if they love him.
It is going to be so interesting to see if they make a play for him or what they do to add a RB. The team could be patient and get one in the mid-rounds or they could target someone early (McCaffrey in the 1st or Cook/Kamara in the 2nd).
Another potential target for the 2nd round.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 16, 2017
Or he could be of interest if the Eagles decide to move back. I don’t see him in the mix at 14.