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Is a “Seminoles South” reunion happening in Tampa Bay?

According to NFL.com’s Chad Reuter, it could be.

Reuter released his four-round mock draft and has FSU star running back Dalvin Cook being drafted by the Bucs in April’s NFL draft, joining quarterback Jameis Winston, kicker Roberto Aguayo and nickel cornerback Javien Elliot as former Noles who play in Tampa Bay.

Most feel Cook will be off the board before the Bucs have a chance to take Cook at No. 19, but Rueter had this to say regarding the Bucs and Cook.

“Cook is a potential all-pro, but his injury history and past off-field issues could make him available later in the first round.”

Rueter isn’t the only writer who noted Cook’s off-the-field issues, that include an arrest but acquittal for battery. Cook was also cited for mistreatment of animals was part of the 2014 BB gun incident in Tallahassee along with Winston.

While not confirmed by PewterReport.com, WalterFootbll.com draft writer Charlie Campbell also has heard some rumblings about Cook.

“Teams do have some off-the-field concerns about Cook and his character. He escaped some legal issues last year, but teams say that Cook has an entourage of gangbangers and they worry Cook drinks too much. Staying out of trouble is a concern that teams have.” 

Florida State RB Dalvin Cook – Photo by: Getty Images

PewterReport.com has heard differing opinions. A national NFL writer at the East West Shrine practice told us that a few sources in Tallahassee told him that Cook would be “better off getting out of the state of Florida.” However a source close to Cook and PewterReport.com told us that Cook is a great teammate, hard worker and doesn’t have a “posse any bigger” than many other players, including Falcons and former FSU star running back Devonta Freeman did in college.

Cook has also had some shoulder issues dating back to high school. Reports are he had two surgeries while in college on his shoulder. 

Cook’s talent is undeniable. During his time with Florida State, Cook rushed for4,464 yards (6.5 avg.) with 46 touchdowns and also notching 935 yards as a receiver with two more touchdowns. Ball security was somewhat of an issue in Tallahassee for Cook who had eight career fumbles, losing six of them.

But overall Cook is regarded as either the No. 1 or no. 2 running back entering the NFL Draft depending on which pundit you read. Blessed with excellent game speed, terrific vision and the ability to make players miss, Cook has the potential to be a special back in the NFL – if the off-the-field issues check out.

The Bucs have already proven they leave no stones unturned when investigating players, as the organization reportedly interviewed over 75 people prior to drafting Winston first overall in 2015. With the uncertainty of the running back position in Tampa Bay, adding a running back at some point seems to be a foregone conclusion.

Adding Cook would provide Winston with an explosive teammate in the backfield that can hit home runs as a runner and receiver. Something the Bucs could use to push them over the hump into a 2017 playoff team.

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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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Honey Bear
Honey Bear(@honeybear)
4 years ago

Dalvin Cook is a fine player. I don’t think he is worth a first round pick. 1) Ball security. He is among the worst in the draft in this department, and the Bucs desperately need to decrease their number of turnovers. It’s too important. 2) The draft is loaded with very talented running backs. We can improve our offense with a running back in the 3rd, 4th, or even 5th round. Backs with better ball security, too. History has shown that running backs don’t need to be drafted in the first round to be among the best in the game.… Read more »

Bucnut2
Bucnut2(@bucnut2)
Reply to  Honey Bear
4 years ago

How right you are. Let’s stay away from Cook for the reasons you stated.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27(@cgmaster27)
4 years ago

It’ll never happen. Every mock these guys get every flaw picked apart and micro scoped to death. He won’t fall to 19. Some people had Ramsey falling to us last year and that didn’t happen either. AS for his fumbles, that is a legitimate issue he has to fix .That can be taught, much like Tiki barber was, so that can be fixed. I’m also not worried about the injuries as even with all hes had to take injury wise, he still only missed I think 2 games his entire three years. I don’t know him personally so I don’t… Read more »

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
Reply to  cgmaster27
4 years ago

cg – I wouldn’t worry too much about all those offensive stars being off the table when pick no. 19 comes along .. there’s still the defense, you know! There are several defenders who’ve been mocked to the Bucs at 19, and it certainly wouldn’t kill us to upgrade at either DE or safety in the first, if all the quality offensive skill players are gone.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27(@cgmaster27)
Reply to  Naplesfan
4 years ago

I wouldn’t be upset about addressing either position, but I think the deficiencies on offense last year towards the end of the season were glaring. The defense was carrying us because a complete lack of weapons. I’m under the smaller portion of people who think we are ok at DE for this season. We are going to get Jaq Smith back as well. I’d be more concerned at DT if it was defensive line. As for Safeties, I think those with first round grades will also be gone before we pick. Jalen Adems, and Hooker will be gone before then… Read more »

wnb0395
wnb0395(@wnb0395)
Reply to  cgmaster27
4 years ago

Peppers is top 20 talent at safety. He plays like Eric Berry but a lot more athletic. It would also solve our KR/PR situation. I wouldn’t mind drafting him at 20 if all other offensive weapons are gone. I also like CB Lattimore fro Ohio State. A lot of mock drafts have him falling to us at 19.

Bucnut2
Bucnut2(@bucnut2)
Reply to  cgmaster27
4 years ago

His talent doesn’t matter if he is not on the field. Too many on and off fields concerns. Let’s spend the 19th pick on someone else.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27(@cgmaster27)
Reply to  Bucnut2
4 years ago

Too many off the field concerns? Such as? This guy has never missed a game for anything “off the field”, I mean unless you’re going to hold the BB gun thing against him. As for on, his ability trumps any fumbling issues he might have, and the injuries kept him off the field for a game and a half in 3 years. I’m not saying trade up or give up the farm for him, but if he’s there at 19, it would be stupid not to take him. He’s a heavier Jamal Charles. Somebody on our team that could actually… Read more »

wnb0395
wnb0395(@wnb0395)
Reply to  cgmaster27
4 years ago

I agree that if Cook is there at 19 its a no brainer we should draft him. I am just not for trading up to get him. This draft is to deep to be giving away draft picks. I would rather trade back and grab McCaffrey and pick up extra picks.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27(@cgmaster27)
Reply to  wnb0395
4 years ago

I’d agree whole heatedly. I’ve been echoing that since the beginning. I’m merely saying , if he’s there, take him.

plopes808
plopes808(@plopes808)
4 years ago

Tis the season of false hopes and pipe dreams. I don’t see Cook falling to us unless there is some glaring deficiency that comes up in the vetting process. I believe we are good at RB if we resign Rodgers and maybe keep Martin on a much cheaper deal. Barber showed promise this year as well. I think we’d be better off with Howard or Davis. If the offensive weapons are gone, we could definitely use another DE. We’re good for next year once we get Gholston resigned, but Ayers won’t be around forever. Spence proved to be a steal… Read more »

matador
matador(@matador)
4 years ago

Completely agree with H. Bear. Our own experience with Martin and his injury issues proves the point. Hard to believe we would compound the mistake by drafting another RB in the first round. What we really need is a big back that can pound the rock, run the clock and wear defenses down late in games. The fact we aren’t exclusively looking in that direction at RB (and in later rounds) highlights the fact that Sims has been a disappointment. Not a complete bust, but so one-dimensional that we need another all purpose back to make up for his shortcomings.… Read more »

seat26
seat26(@seat26)
4 years ago

IF Cook was available at 19 th pick you would have to nab him. He is lightning in a bottle. We would have a backfield that was second to none.

Crazy Legs
Crazy Legs(@teenymareeny)
4 years ago

Perhaps we shouldn’t use a 1st rd pick on a RB. Who knows. I say, go for it. RB is a position of need, Cook is the best in the draft, and I’m a HUGE Seminoles fan. This might be my heart talking, not my head. I also REALLY like Davis, Howard, and Njoku.

Regardless, all this talk about “off the field” issues is pure trash. There is nothing there. He drinks too much?! I’ve been following him since his days at Miami Central and I never heard that one. There was the alleged assault which was total B.S.

htownbucfan03
htownbucfan03(@htownbucfan03)
4 years ago

So if cook is on the table for being drafted is Joe Mixon on the table also he has the same offense field baggage, same explosiveness, and not the injury history. Also could be available in the 3rd round or later. O and he also returns kicks

Bucnut2
Bucnut2(@bucnut2)
Reply to  htownbucfan03
4 years ago

I would take Mixon over Cook

cgmaster27
cgmaster27(@cgmaster27)
Reply to  Bucnut2
4 years ago

And you’re crazy. You talk about on and off the field issues with cook and then say Mixon over him? My goodness , sometimes you make zero sense. Mixon does nothing better than cook and he’s smaller too. SO why exactly would you take him over cook? Oh and Cook didn’t have the pleasure of playing terrible big 12 defenses all season.

htownbucfan03
htownbucfan03(@htownbucfan03)
Reply to  cgmaster27
4 years ago

Well my first reason for taking Mixon over Cook is because is Mixon will probably slip to the 3rd round or later because of off field concerns while the bucs will have to trade up most likely for Cook. 2nd regarding off field issues both players have them both have been published and both have been disciplined but it was the drinking issue that made me pause… then these names popped into my head Josh Freeman, tanard Jackson, Austin seferian-Jenkins and Doug Martin aND Mike Williams all players with different issues but drugs alcohol or hanging out too much and… Read more »

cgmaster27
cgmaster27(@cgmaster27)
Reply to  htownbucfan03
4 years ago

I was aiming that last comment at Bucnut, Htwon, and you make good points. Heck I saw a mick draft were the Bucs took Mixon in the 7th round! Mixon could be a steal, but from some of the podcasts and other sites I’ve seen, some people are saying Mixon isn’t one of those kids that just messed up. He’s just not a good person. Now that will have to be for the Bucs to decide, and they will know way better than any of us and if we take Mixon, it’s clear that he’s just gotten himself into a… Read more »

Bucnut2
Bucnut2(@bucnut2)
Reply to  cgmaster27
4 years ago

Because you will likely get Mixon in the 6th or 7th rounder. Great risk/reward trade-off.

SaskBucs
SaskBucs(@saskbucs)
4 years ago

I tend to agree with a lot of what the other guys/gals on here are saying. Unfortunately, the skill players will be gone because of the teams ahead of us and their needs. Tennessee having 2 picks (1 will be WR or TE), Eagles have many holes but likely looking for a new weapon. Hopefully the QBs go early to give us choices but if not, I believe adding another DE would be a good move. Have never seen Cook play but I think other parts of the team should be built up before investing that much in an RB.… Read more »

chipbuc
chipbuc(@chipbuc)
4 years ago

I think if Cook is not available at 19, then a just as dynamic player is probably going to still be on the board. McCaffrey is down graded for some reason which i can’t understand. He is a touch down waiting to happen. If you don’t believe me go to a high lite tape of 2015 2016. If you don’t want to draft him that high , trade down a few spots, pick up extra picks and then draft him. McCaffrey is a good plan B if cook is not available.

Bucnut2
Bucnut2(@bucnut2)
Reply to  chipbuc
4 years ago

you are correct. I actually prefer MacCaferry over cook! He can do more!!

David DeLeon
David DeLeon(@swflgipsybucsfan)
4 years ago

I like Cook a lot, but I also love the idea of having Howard or Njoku. If all three are available that would be a win win. I guess it’s nice that all these mock drafts are completely different after to 5 picks. So I guess if Cook is there him but if not either one of the TE

jshumaker
jshumaker(@jshumaker)
4 years ago

I would prefer they pass on this guy and use a later round pick for RB. Too much of a gamble.

Bucnut2
Bucnut2(@bucnut2)
4 years ago

I think MaCaffery has more to offer at the NFL level than Cook. Plus he LOVES football and has NONE of the character issues Cook does. MacCaffery is more like JW than cook is.

Brobear
Brobear(@brobear)
Reply to  Bucnut2
4 years ago

JW would take Cook 1000 times out of 1000. Cook is clearly the better player.

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
4 years ago

Let me get this right. There are ports that Cooks posse is a bunch of gangbangers and he likes to drink to much. He also has a history of shoulder injuries All of this and you think he is worthy of a No. 1 draft pick. See if these names with similar backgrounds stir any memories. Aaron Hernandez, gang affiliation Austin Sefarein Jenkiins, drnking problem, Doug Martin, injury problems. And you want to waste a No. 1 draft pick on a guy who has all three problems wrapped into one. Take two aspirin and call me in the morning. You… Read more »

cgmaster27
cgmaster27(@cgmaster27)
Reply to  drdneast
4 years ago

Keep on drinking what random scouts are saying. I’ve watched Cook since he became a Nole and there was nothing ever reported about gang affiliations and drinking problems. His teammates raved about his work ethic and leadership. And on top of that, you’re comparing someone you don’t even know to a murderer? My goodness Doc, put down the bottle and sober up a bit.

Brandonges
Brandonges(@brandonges)
4 years ago

Mark, you and I Noles fans can dream, but there isn’t a chance he falls to 19. To the haters out there, you must have not watched Dalvin very often. The kid is a legitimate superstar. Every bit as good as Ezekiel and Gurley. He’s going to go very high in the draft and if he’s behind a half-decent offensive line will have a huge impact early.

owlykat
owlykat(@owlykat)
4 years ago

Cook is just as dangerous a runner and receiver as Atlanta’s Star RB. If we are to win our division we have to have Cook to compete with the Falcons. We can get a number two WR by grabbing one in the second round because that position is deep in this draft or we can grab one in free agency like the Falcon’s did last year.

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
4 years ago

What a nice bunch of comments. No name calling and folks sharing opinions while respecting the thoughts of others………….well mostly. Still, it’s much more enjoyable to read than the bantering about Winston and Mariota that took place a couple of seasons ago. Here’s the official opinion of Scubog regarding the RB position, even though I know no one really gives a hoot nor will it affect what Licht does in two months. 1.) I’m sure not going to count on our collection of RB’s even IF Doug Martin is doing well in rehab. 2.9yds/carry? 2.) I really like what I… Read more »

surferdudes
surferdudes(@surferdudes)
4 years ago

Not sure Licht could say no to Jameis if Cook is there at #19. Think about what sway the franchise would have over that pick, and it wouldn’t be like you were picking chop liver. Many pros, and cons of drafting a back that high. I know it worked out for Dallas, and Cook does have that ability. One thing we can be certain about. Licht has been scouting this kid like all the other FSU players, since scouting Jameis, a very long time. He probably interviewed Cook about Jameis. There’s already history there.

Bucnut2
Bucnut2(@bucnut2)
Reply to  surferdudes
4 years ago

You make a great point and frankly it’s scary. I wonder if Licht traded up for RA based on pressure from JW. I would like to think not. If Cook is there, I’m slightly ok with taking him. Trading up for Cook would make me sick.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27(@cgmaster27)
Reply to  Bucnut2
4 years ago

I would hope that there is no way Licht would trade up for Roberto based on what Jameis told him. I would hope not anyways. If Cook is there, you take him, but I wouldn’t trade up for him either. I would’nt trade up for any RB.

Ron Gibson
Ron Gibson
4 years ago

We do not need another injury pone RB with fumble-itis.

Garv
Garv(@garv)
4 years ago

My first thought? If he’s going to slide because of “off the field issues and injuries” why does that make him a good choice for the Buccaneers? Are those not two of the problems that have made Doug Martin such a disappointment here?

I think health is of primary importance, especially for a running back. Off the field issues? No thank you.

Bobby Ashcraft
Bobby Ashcraft(@bobbybowflex)
4 years ago

If Cook falls to 19, he should be in the convo, but Licht definitely has to do his due diligence on him. I really like the idea of taking Howard at 19, and I also really like the idea of trading down and taking McCaffrey. Extra pick(s) allow us to play sniper and pick off targets later in the draft. I am comfortable taking a flier on Mixon if JL gets enough Intel to decide his issue was an isolated incident.

plopes808
plopes808(@plopes808)
4 years ago

I’m leaning more toward trading down and grabbing McCaffery plus an extra pick. The off field issues will be vetted before we take him as they were with Jameis…but the injury issues have plagued our backfield for several seasons now. I’m not totally ready to bail on Martin yet either. He’s shown that when he’s on he is a great contributor. Not sure how much of his sub 3 yards/carry was due to ability vs his off field problems and injuries. We’ve cut too many players too early that have gone on to be stars elsewhere…Talib, Bennett, Blount to name… Read more »

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
4 years ago

Scubog, I wouldn’t mind if the Bucs took Joe Mixon at 4 or 5 if he is as good as they say he is. I don’t know if you saw the tape of the incident that sparked all of the cootrovesy about Mixon but I did and I hate to say it, but I can only pray I wouldn’t behave the same way Mixon did. First the girl pushed Mixon and then she hauled off and slugged him. I would hope as soon as she pushed me, I would have stepped back and called a cop and the same goes… Read more »

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
Reply to  drdneast
4 years ago

I did see that video Dr.D and agree with you that at some point during her attack on him that many of us, even those holier than thou in our PR group, might have popped her since she apparently had no intention of stopping her assault. She looked like she could kick my ass so I might be the one getting the sympathy. The amazing thing to me was the folks just standing around watching her flail away. Other than the video, that in my mind isn’t nearly as disgusting as Ray Rice clobbering his wife in the elevator, I… Read more »

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