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.”
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.
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 email@example.com