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24 May 2017 06:28 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Running back Dalvin Cook with the Florida State Seminoles. (Image Source: Logan Bowles/USA TODAY Sports)

Throughout the offseason, we will take a look at several rookies who will begin their NFL careers in 2017, continuing with running back Dalvin Cook of the Minnesota Vikings:

2017 NFL Draft: Round 2; Pick 9 (41st Overall)

Rookie Watch: Leonard Fournette, Donnel Pumphrey; NFL Draft OTC: Picks 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16, 17-20, 21-24, 25-28, 29-32; Giants OTC: Evan Engram | Dalvin Tomlinson | Davis Webb | Wayne Gallman | Avery Moss |

Measurables: The ACC product lacks ideal size, at 5’10” and 210 pounds with 9 ¼” hands, but he is blessed with surprisingly long arms (32 3/8”), as well as a strong upper body (22 bench press reps) for a running back. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Cook tested surprisingly poorly. His 4.49 40-time was above average but slower than anyone expected, while his vertical (30 ½”), broad jump (9’8”), three-cone time (7.27), and short shuttle (4.53) were all well-below average.

Skill Set: At Florida State, Cook was a much more explosive runner than his combine numbers would indicate. Very balanced, he made quick cuts, accelerated through holes, and often ran away from numerous defenders on his many game-breaking runs. A dynamic open-field threat who is also capable of running between the tackles and picking up the tough yards. Quick feet and decisive. Has good instincts with the ball, sets up would be tacklers well with his ability to change gears. Can be a very productive receiver coming out of the backfield.

New York Jets Off the Clock: Jamal Adams | Marcus Maye | ArDarius Stewart | Chad Hansen | Jordan Leggett | Dylan Donahue | Elijah McGuire | Jeremy Clark | Derrick Jones |

OTA Preview: With free agent addition Latavius Murray still recovering from ankle surgery in March, Cook has a clear path to establish himself as the frontrunner in the running back competition, or at least catch up to the veteran runner who has NFL experience, albeit not with the Vikings. This will be valuable time for the rookie to begin translating the playbook to the field, as well as build a comfort level of working with Minnesota’s offensive line.

2017 Outlook: As the Vikings move on from the Adrian Peterson era, Cook will have every opportunity to start as a rookie. I like Murray but I believe the Seminole has a higher ceiling than the UCF product and he’s NFL ready. Don’t be surprised if Cook not only ends up leading Minnesota in rushing but all rookies, including top-10 selections Leonard Fournette (No. 4) and Christian McCaffrey (No. 8).

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: danmogollon@gmail.com.

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