James Cook has never been the lead back during his time with the Georgia Bulldogs. In his four years at Georgia he’s played behind D’Andre Swift and has taken less carries than redshirt junior Zamir White.
Although Cook has not proven he could be a lead back, he has proven that he can be a playmaker. In the Bulldogs victory over Michigan in the Orange Bowl, Cook was quiet on he ground with 6 carries for 32 yards, but torched the Wolverines with 4 catches for 112 yards and a touchdown.
Cook, another South Florida native, is the younger brother of Minnesota Vikings superstar running back Dalvin Cook. While James isn’t as dynamic as his older brother, he is a lite version of the Pro-Bowl back.
The reality is we aren’t completely sure what Cook can do as a lead back, his lack of carries at Georgia offer interesting value as well. A player with an unknown ceiling and a solid floor, not a lot of tread, and proven athletic ability.
Cook will likely trend up come draft day and a soli performance against Alabama would help. The Dolphins need an answer at running back, a concrete one, that might keep the team away from Cook, but the upside with him could intrigue the team.