Since declaring for the NFL Draft, mock drafts have been all over the place regarding FSU running back Dalvin Cook.

Early on Cook was thought to be well out of the Bucs range at No. 19, but in the last few weeks, more have had Cook falling a little further in the first round.

Even as far as 19.

And while most PewterReport.com spoke to at the FSU Pro Day on Tuesday still believe Cook gets drafted before the Bucs are left with that decision to make, Cook himself said he wouldn’t mind a reunion with his former quarterback, Jameis Winston, in Tampa Bay.

“Longtime brother. Great bond. Jameis is a player I look up to as a role model,” Cook said. “To be in the backfield again would be something special. I feel like we started to build a bond when he was at Florida State, so it would be something special.”

Florida State QB Jameis Winston and RB Dalvin Cook – Photo by: Getty Images

Cook by all accounts performed well on Tuesday in front of a large contingency of NFL personnel, including the Bucs who were well represented in Tallahassee. Prior to the Tuesday morning showcase, a member of the FSU staff told PewterReport.com that Cook would not be running the 40-yard dash on Tuesday, but at some point Cook changed his plans and ended up running. Cook, who was clocked at a 4.49 at the NFL Combine last month was able to improve on that time. One member of the FSU staff said he was hand timed at 4.39, but most had him in the mid-4.4 range. 

Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher said following the  pro day that he thinks a Cook- to-Tampa Bay scenario would be a good fit, and that Winston would welcome his former teammate into the Buccaneer family with open arms.

“I think he’s (Winston) wanting a back,” Fisher said. “It would be great. I know they’d love to play with Dalvin, but at the same time, they’ve got to get what they’ve got to get. He was happy they got another receiver to take the top off the defense. It’s good to have (Cook) here locally so a lot of our fans can see him play in pro football. That doesn’t happen a lot.”

The likelihood of Cook making it to the Buccaneers is still slim, but if it were to somehow happen, both parties would appear to be happy with that outcome. A dynamic  running back like Cook, teamed up with receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson, along with tight end Cameron Brate would certainly creates anxiety for opposing defensive coordinators heading into the 2017 season.

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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Austin Williams
4 years ago

If Cook goes to the Bucs, my life would be complete. This is ALL I wish for!!! Please snag him if he falls, GM JL!

cgmaster27
Reply to  Austin Williams
4 years ago

You and me both sir, you and me both.

surferdudes
4 years ago

I don’t see Licht passing on Winston’s buddy if he’s there at #19. Let’s face it, we could use a dynamic play maker in the back field. The real question is how bad do they want Cook? Enough to move up if need be? There will be a run at Q.B.’s, there always is. Should the three top guys get picked before #19, even though they’re not rated that high, the chances Cook falls is greater. Some fans heads would explode if we give up draft choices to move up for Cook. If I had to pick a player Cook… Read more »

Austin Williams
Reply to  surferdudes
4 years ago

Indeed it shall be. With major needs at RB, and 1 FS spot, we look to make this really good team really great. I’m just saying, I don’t understand the people that hate on Cook. Best RB FSU has EVER had and behind a mediocre at best O-Line. Someone will get a game changer who never misses a game at RB. Hope it is us.

HoneyBadgerW4
Reply to  Austin Williams
4 years ago

The knock on Cook is his ball security (something like 1 fumble every 65 touches which would mean something like 8 over a year in the NFL). It’s the only knock, though, and I think that’s something he can be coached out of. Everything else about the guy is just downright exciting. With as much as Tampa wants to run the ball, getting someone like Cook would just change this offense into something which would petrify opposing Defensive Coordinators just as incrementally as getting DeSean Jackson did, IMO.

cgmaster27
Reply to  surferdudes
4 years ago

Surfer, , one thing I will say about Licht, is that he has been pretty good at knowing when to move and when to stay. Staying put and still getting Spence last year took balls of steel. Most would’ve made a trade up for him. Hell Licht traded back in the first and still got Hargreaves, although I’m still convinced it would’ve been Conkilin had the Titans not traded in front of us.

Destino102
4 years ago

I don’t think Licht is going to take a RB in the first. Whether it’s Cokk, Fournette, or McCaffrey. We are one year removed from a RB who was 2nd in total yards and we only went 6-10. A RB is a dime-a-dozen and don’t have a long life span. We can get one in the later rounds and they can do the job just fine.

surferdudes
4 years ago

If running backs are a dime a dozen, the group we have now aren’t worth a plug nickel. Druggie Martin has had two good seasons out of five, and even if we keep him won’t be available till week four. Had we one won more game last year, we’d have made the playoffs, so losing our top back Martin, if you want to call him that, for three games to start the season is huge. When we signed Jackson the thought was teams can’t load the box with a safety, should help the running game. I say without a real… Read more »