2. Big Play Ability
In a draft class with Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook may have the greatest big play ability of any running back on the board. Even if one were to place Fournette or McCaffrey slightly above him, the separation would be miniscule.
Cook is a home run waiting to happen, and if the New York Giants were to draft him, they’d be picking a player who can break games open without a moment’s warning.
As a freshman, Cook amassed 1,211 yards and eight touchdowns from scrimmage, as well as averages of 5.9 yards per carry and 9.2 yards per reception. As a sophomore, those numbers jumped to 1,935 yards, 20 touchdowns, 7.4 yards per rushing attempt, and 10.2 yards per catch.
As a junior in 2016, Cook reached all-time levels with marks of 2,253 yards, 20 touchdowns, 6.1 yards per rushing attempt, and 14.8 yards per reception.
Beyond the numbers, Cook has the uncanny ability to turn the corner and head up field with speed that few can match. His 40-yard dash time was strong, but it’s his speed with pads on and the ball in his hands that truly matters.
With the strength to take on safeties and the elusiveness to escape linebackers and linemen, Cook has the potential to become a genuine star for the New York Giants.