Data Scout Notes: 2016: 12-31-16 - Announced Early Entry into 2017 Draft…1stC/DoakWalkerFinalist...PWalterCamp/PMaxwell/PDoak...(+) Coming off Spring 2016 Shoulder Surgery...2015: 1stC/WCampSemifinalist/1stM...Aug 2015 - Found Not guilty of misdemeanor battery/Reinstated to team...07-10-15 - Suspended indefinitely/Charged with punching a woman outside a downtown bar...DS #5 So RB...PMaxwell...2014: 2ndM
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03/07/17 - NFL Combine Cliffhangers: Is Cook’s workout being overblown? Yes. Dalvin Cook is proven talent who plays quicker and faster than he times in drills because he anticipates defenders. The stopwatch did not reflect that. If Cook falls on draft day, it will be due to medical or off-field concerns, not because his 40-yard dash or shuttle drills weren’t up to par. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/03/17 - 2017 NFL Combine, Day 2 Winners: Dalvin Cook: The Florida State running back has concerns about his shoulder that could potentially scare teams. So when he sat down for the bench press, there was some concern about what number he might put up. Cook, who described himself as the “best running back in the draft” during his media session, quelled any concerns quickly by throwing up 22 reps on the bench. - Will Brinson, CBSSports.com
03/03/17 - 2017 NFL Combine, Day 2 Takeaways: 8. Florida State’s Cook says his shoulder is good to go...The No. 1 reason for the combine is the medical information. And Florida State running back Dalvin Cook had arguably the most to gain or lose among prospects in Indianapolis this week based on his medical examinations. Dating to high school, Cook has undergone three shoulder surgeries, and the long-term effects of those issues were considered the main roadblock to him landing in the first round. But that roadblock is starting to look more like a small speed bump. “Every team, I passed my medical exam,” Cook said. “My shoulders are stable, I’m ready to go.” Cook followed up by posting 22 reps on the bench press, which is not only an outstanding number in any context, but a 210-pound prospect with a shoulder issue isn’t putting up 225 pounds that many times. - Rob Rang & Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/31/16 - Florida State wins thriller vs. Michigan at Orange Bowl...Deondre Francois hit Nykwan Murray with the go-ahead 12-yard touchdown pass with 36 seconds left as the No. 10 Florida State Seminoles beat the No. 6 Michigan Wolverines 33-32 on Friday night in the Orange Bowl Classic at Hard Rock Stadium. Murray's touchdown gave FSU a 33-30 lead. The extra-point try was blocked, and Michigan's Drake Harris returned it for a two-point conversion, accounting for the final margin. FSU running back Dalvin Cook, named the game's MVP, ran 20 times for 145 yards and a touchdown.
After Michigan had closed its 20-6 deficit to 20-15, Cook took a draw play on third-and-22 and exploded down the left side for 71 yards to the Michigan 16. That play turned the momentum back in FSU's favor. Michigan, though, battled back and took a 30-27 lead on a 30-yard touchdown run by Chris Evans with 2:05 left in the fourth quarter. FSU came back with the help of a 66-yard kickoff return by Keith Gavin. That set up Francois' winning TD pass. With the win, Florida State (10-3) improved to 6-0 in its past six trips to Miami Gardens. That includes four wins over the Miami Hurricanes and a victory over Northern Illinois in the 2013 Orange Bowl. - The Sports Xchange
12/31/16 - It didn't take long for Dalvin Cook to announce his future plans. The Florida State running back said he will enter the NFL draft. Cook's announcement on Saturday, which he made via video on Instagram, came less than 24 hours after the 10th-ranked Seminoles defeated No. 6 Michigan in the Orange Bowl. "These last three years were the best of my life," said Cook, who is expected to be a first-round selection. "It's an unbelievable feeling right now. I can't describe it. It is only up from here." The Miami native wrapped up his collegiate career with an impressive Orange Bowl performance. He was named the MVP after rushing for 145 yards along with three receptions for 62 yards in FSU's 33-32 win.
"He's always part of this family. He'll never not be part of this family and we want the best for him," Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said after the game. "Whoever drafts him will be the luckiest team in the world. Somebody is going to be happy." Cook leaves Florida State as its all-time leading rusher with 4,464 yards. He is also the first running back in Atlantic Coast Conference history to rush for 4,000 yards in three seasons. He was a finalist for the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back, with 1,745 yards, which broke his own FSU single-season record set last year. His 135.8 yards per game are seventh in the Football Bowl Subdivision and third among Power Five conference backs. - AP Sports