Dalvin Cook

Dalvin Cook

RB - MIN
Height: 5' 11"Weight: 213 lbsAge: 22College: Florida StateDrafted: #41 (2nd Rd.)

2017 Outlook

17th easiest for RBs
Strength of Schedule
Draft Rank (ECR) #66
Best / Worst #20 / #216
ADP #62

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Dalvin Cook to see an expanded role in 2017?

Minnesota Vikings beat writer Ben Goessling believes rookie running back Dalvin Cook will "get a chance to play a big role right away."

Fantasy Impact

Cook will compete with Latavius Murray this offseason to see who will emerge as the Vikings' starting running back -- with the rookie being viewed as the early favorite to land the job. Because of Cook's versatility as a rusher and a receiver out of the backfield, he should receive plenty of opportunities to utilize his all-around skill set. Expect Cook to garner the bulk of the touches on early downs with Murray being sprinkled in as Minnesota's short yardage/ goal line back. Cook should be the second rookie running back targeted in upcoming fantasy drafts ahead of Christian McCaffrey and behind Leonard Fournette.

Dalvin Cook, Latavius Murray to compete for starting job

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is suggesting that Latavius Murray and Dalvin Cook will compete for the starting running back job in 2017. "We've got a long way to go before we make any determinations on that," Zimmer said Friday.

Fantasy Impact

It appears that the Vikings will hold an open competition for the starting running back job this offseason with either Murray or Cook expected to emerge on top. However, it wouldn't be surprising if Minnesota employed a by committee approach to their ground game with Cook handling early downs and Murray acting as the short yardage/ goal line back.

Dalvin Cook selected by Minnesota Vikings with No. 41 pick

The Vikings traded up into the No. 41 overall pick in order to draft running back Dalvin Cook.

Fantasy Impact

This one is a head-scratcher. The Vikings just paid Latavius Murray a lot of money in free agency, and have Jerick McKinnon to spell him in the passing game. It's going to be Cook's job, as Murray has been underwhelming over the last few years, and McKinnon never quite lived up to expectations. The frustrating part is that all three of them will be used, creating an ugly timeshare for fantasy football. Cook is going to be a low-end RB2 if he starts right out of the gate, but lacks the upside he would've had in Philadelphia.

Mike Tagliere4 weeks ago
Dalvin Cook visits Eagles

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo is reporting former FSU running back Dalvin Cook visited with the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday.

Fantasy Impact

The Eagles, who have the 14th overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft, have a need at running back. And although they haven't selected a rusher in the first round since selecting Keith Byars 10th overall in 1986, Cook is on their radar. The former FSU standout is ranked second behind LSU star Leonard Fournette on the running back draft boards by most experts and barring a setback, he is a sure-fire first-round pick in April. The Eagles still have Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood -- their top three backs from last season -- under contract, but the former could ultimately be released, which opens up the top spot on the depth chart for Cook.

Dalvin Cook compared to Fred Taylor

Pro Football Focus compares former FSU running back Dalvin Cook to former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor.

Fantasy Impact

"In his prime, Taylor had elite, game-changing ability, and that is what separates Cook from the other backs in this class," writes the PFF team. "He can turn the slightest crease into a big play, and he can contribute as a weapon in the passing game." Cook is expected to be either the first or second running back taken in this years draft and is assured a spot in the first round barring any character concerns that come to light as the process plays out. He should slot in as his team's top RB right away, making him worth drafting in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts next season.

Alexander Onushco13 weeks ago