4. Good Hands
Amassing 1,000 yards on a yearly basis used to be enough for an NFL running back to maintain star status. In the modern era, that number borders on being obsolete if the player is unable to make respectable contributions in the passing attack.
What makes Cook a true three-down running back is the fact that, during his career with the Florida State Seminoles, he proved to be an outstanding option as a receiver.
In three seasons and 38 games played, Cook amassed 79 career receptions for 935 receiving yards. He picked up 203 receiving yards on 22 receptions as a freshman and upped those numbers to 24 receptions for 244 yards and a touchdown as a sophomore in 2015.
During his junior season in 2016, Cook took it to another level with 33 receptions for 488 yards and a touchdown—good for an average of 14.8 yards per reception.
By drafting Cook, the Giants would create a similar situation to what made the Atlanta Falcons’ offense so dynamic in 2016. In addition to having a deep and talented receiving corps, the New York Giants would have two running backs who can play all three downs in Cook and Paul Perkins.
Cook has strong enough hands to be an elite checkdown option in an offense that already features Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard.