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James Cook

RB

Georgia

6'2"

Height

Weight

204

Bench
40-Time
10-Time
20-Time
4.42
Vertical
Broad Jump
20-Shuttle
60-Shuttle
32 1/2"
8' 2"
4.38
33 1/2"
9' 9"
4.5
33"
9' 10"
4.27
33"
10' 4"
32"
9' 8"
4.33
32"
9' 8"
4.41
33"
9' 6"
4.27
40"
10' 6"
30"
9'11"
4.59
36 1/2"
10' 3"
34 1/2"
9'11"
4.46
31"
9'10"
4.22
36"
9'8"
4.4
41"
4.24
31 1/2"
36 1/2"
40"
10' 6"
4.29
4.21
38 1/2"
10' 8"
4.25
32 1/2"
10' 0"
31 1/2"
9' 10"
4.45
35"
9' 4"
39"
10' 6"
4.3
28 1/2"
10' 1"
4.23
35 1/2"
9' 10"
4.27
29 1/2"
9' 10"
34"
10' 3"
36"
10' 4"
4.19
35"
9' 9"
4.4
37"
10' 1"
33 1/2"
10' 1"
4.41
40"
10' 10"
29 1/2"
9' 11"
4.33
39 1/2"
10' 10"
4.31
33"
10' 1"
4.44
39 1/2"
10' 3"
41"
10' 11"
36"
10' 3"
4.24
35 1/2"
10' 2"
4.42
35 1/2"
10' 1"
36"
10' 3"
4.28
33"
4.37
35"
9' 10"
32"
9' 9"
31"
10' 1"
4.28
36"
10' 3"
4.09
30"
9' 9"
4.35
33 1/2"
10' 8"
36"
10' 2"
4.35
35"
10' 1"
4.46
34"
9' 11"
3.98
36"
10'0"
4.3
37"
10' 5"
4.28
36"
9' 8"
4.34
30"
9"
4.47
31 1/2"
9' 4"
4.15
31 1/2"
9' 10"
4.26
40 1/2"
10' 7"
4.14
33"
9' 7"
4.34
3-Cone
Hand
Arm
Wingspan
9 3/8"
31"
76 1/2"

Final Grade

7.2

Strengths 

The biggest thing that sticks out with Cook is his versatility. As a ball carrier, he is very dangerous, especially on outside runs, due to his speed. Once he hits the corner or gets into open space it is hard to catch him. His speed and quickness also help him as a receiving threat. He has shown the ability to run routes out of the backfield, in the slot, and even on the outside. Truly runs routes like a slot receiver with quick breaks in his routes and the speed to create separation, making it very difficult for linebackers to line up with him. Is also very useful in open space. Cook is one of those players that is dangerous anywhere in the open field once you get the ball in his hands. As a ball carrier, I also like his vision a lot. Does a great job of finding the open running lanes and displays a very effective jump cut to change direction and hit the open space.

Weaknessess

"Due mainly to his small frame, Cook isn't going to be relied on much as a blocker. While he does show some willingness to block, he is often overpowered by bigger, stronger defenders as a pass blocker. Luckily, with him being a receiving threat, he probably won't be kept in much as an extra blocker. Cook also isn't going to be a power/between the tackles runner. Once a defender gets him wrapped up, he is usually easily brought down. Doesn't possess a ton of leg drive or ability to drag defenders with him for extra yards. Another thing that may put him lower than some backs in this class is production. While he did produce for the most part when he touched the ball, he was still never the true lead back at Georgia or even leading rusher on the team. If he wants to be ""the guy"" for a team, it may take a strong showing in his first couple seasons to prove that he can be trusted with lead back duties."

2018 - Ankle; 2020 - Hand

Injury History

Games Evaluated

2021 - Charleston Southern, Clemson, Florida, Alabama (CFP Title Game)

Big Picture

Brother of Minnesota Vikings' star running back, Dalvin Cook, James Cook has made a name for himself as a running back that looks destined for the NFL. A former five-star prospect out of Miami Central High School, Cook saw significant playing time in all four seasons at Georgia. However, he was always a part of a crowded backfield loaded with NFL talent. Cook truly started to burst onto the scene as a junior when he finsihed as the team's second leading rusher with 45 carries for 303 yards and three touchdowns along with 16 catches for 225 yards and two touchdowns. He followed that up with his best performance yet as a senior. Cook finished his final season with 113 carries for 728 yards and seven touchdowns along with 27 receptions for 284 yards and four touchdowns. This performance helped earn him an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl (although he didn't participate) and NFL Combine. At the next level, Cook's projection is an interesting one. While he was all the intangibles to be a solid back in the league, his sample size is smaller than some backs after being in a crowded Georgia backfield. He will be best served at first as a change of pace backup running back that can come in on passing downs and to give a lead back some rests or as a piece of a committe style backfield. His ability as a receiver and as a playmaker in the open field will find him opportunities to get on the field. I see Cook being drafted somewhere on Day 2 of the draft to a team either needing running back depth or that rotates multiple backs. If put in the right system, Cook can be a very reliable rotational back that can be used all over the offense and could eventually turn into a lead back if he can prove that he can handle that role.

Team Fit

ARI

TB

MIA

Player Comp

Alvin Kamara

Athleticism:

7.34

Lateral Agility
Elusiveness
Contact Balance
Explosion
Top End Speed
7.4
7.4
7.1
7.2
7.6

Very impressive speed once he hits the open field. Once he gets downhill, he is hard for defenders to catch. Explodes out of his stance when taking a handoff and hits the hole with a sense of urgency. Speed also makes him very dangerous on outside runs, gets outside the tackle and upfield quickly. Very fluid changing direction and has a great ability to make defenders miss in the open field. Is a slippery runner, running through arm tackles and not letting defenders knock him off balance.

With Ball In Hands:

7.23

Lateral Agility
Cutting Ability
Pad Level & Leg Drive
Ball Security
7.5
7.3
6.7
7.4

Big Play Ability

Posseses incredible field vision. Reads his blockers well, finds the running lane, and hits it with urgency. Also has good vision in the open field, recognizing angles of defenders and cutting to miss tackles. Can stop on the dime in the open field to make defenders miss. Has a very good jump cut in his arsneal of moves. Does a good job of keeping the ball high and tight at all times, especially when taking on defenders. Didn't see any fumbles on film. Isn't the most physical runner. Getting lower pad level and working on his lower body strength could help him in the inside run game.

Receiving:

7.75

His skills as a receiver set him apart. Showed that he is a very polished route runner for a running back. Ran routes out of the backfield, in the slot, and even on the outside. Is a serious matchup problem in the passing game for linebackers and even some defensive backs. His speed helps him create separation down the field on fade routes. Uses quick breaks in his routes in the short passing game to beat linebackers on a regular basis. Is a true hands catcher, looking the ball in and catching it away from his body. Very dangerous on short routes and screens in open space due to his speed and elusiveness after the catch.

Hands
Route Running
Ability to Seperate
Ability in Space
7.7
7.8
7.7
7.8

Blocking:

6.43

7.25

Struggles as a blocker, mainly due to his lack of size. Does show solid effort and is willing to step up and block in the passing game but is overpowererd by bigger defensive players. Has a decent amount of pop in his initial punch but simply can't hold his ground or keep position against pass rushers. Luckily wasn't asked to do this much in college due to him being a threat as a pass catcher but will need to prove himself at the next level. Wasn't a player asked to lead block in college and I don't expect him to be in that kind of role as a pro.

Lead Blocking
Blocking in Space:
Pass Pro Technique:
Effort & Willingness
6
6.3
6.4
7

Competitiveness:

7.2

Toughness
Production
Motor
7.2
7

Plays with a high motor and energy at all times. Although he isn't the biggest player on the field, he doesn't back down from any situation. Took a lot of solid hits both in between the tackles as a runner and when making catches in the passing game, and got right back up like it was nothing. Also showed toughness as a blocker, even when overpowered, he was willing to stick his neck out and fight. Was solid in production when on the field at Georgia but was never the primary back or leading rusher on the team.

Intelligence:

7.47

Shows solid instincts as a runner. Uses his vision to make cuts accordingly when running lanes open up. Has good patience as a ball carrier for the most part but can burst into the lane too fast at times which doesn't allow for his blocks to set up. His versatility is what will set him apart. Not only is he a good running back out of the backfield but he is also a threat as a receiver, running routes of out the backfield, in the slot, and out wide. Also could have some special teams value as a returner.

Instincts
Patience
Versatility
7.3
7.2
7.9