Not being Georgia’s workhorse could hurt James Cook’s stock, but give him time to develop with the Miami Dolphins
The first three running backs on this list are all likely to be gone by the end of round 2 However, Georgia’s James Cook will likely be able for the Miami Dolphins come round 3 or 4.
After a tremendous showing during the College Football Playoffs against both Michigan and Alabama, Cook is bound to shoot up draft boards.
James Cook is a similar size to his older brother Dalvin, who is the starting running back for the Minnesota Vikings, when he declared for the draft out of Florida State. While James is not as elite as Dalvin, the two are exciting and dynamic players.
Essentially, James is Dalvin-lite. At 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, James is an inch taller but 20 pounds lighter than Dalvin when he came out. The two are both extremely dynamic football players, although Dalvin was the lead back every year he was at Tallahassee.
James Cook was never given the opportunity to be the lead back at Georgia, either playing behind De’Andre Swift or splitting carries with Zamir White. It’s possible the Cook could start his career splitting carries, but he should be able to carve out a role.
Compared to the other backs on this list, Cook was never the workhorse on his team so there are questions if he can take that role in the NFL. He is dynamic enough as a pass catcher and has shown he can produce on the ground, he’ll be a solid NFL running back.