Next year’s NFL Draft has been all about one thing: running backs. As many as five backs could be taken in the first round of next year’s draft. While Christian McCaffrey and Leonard Fournette are Heisman favorites with loads of talent, there is a third running back in the top tier. Florida State’s Dalvin Cook has incredible agility, speed, and elusiveness. This immense talent has led to many comparing him to Pro Bowler Jamaal Charles. But does this comparison hold up? Jamaal Charles is known for his speed, elusiveness, and versatility. Not only is Charles a great runner, he is extremely effective as a receiver. In many ways, he’s a third down back with a full time workload. Charles’s mobility and elusiveness are his greatest assets. His ability to make people miss can turn a negative play into an average one and an average on into a touchdown. Because of these abilities, Charles has been named to four Pro Bowls, and twice been named All-Pro.

Here are some examples of Jamaal Charles humiliating defenses:

 

I believe Dalvin Cook is very similar to Jamaal Charles. Cook’s ability to catch the ball out of the backfield is second to none in this class. His dynamic skills as a kick returner will help his draft stock, and he should dominate the Scouting Combine. Here are some of Cook’s highlights:

While it’s a bit unfair to compare a college kid to a multiple time All-Pro, Dalvin Cook’s sensational talent and ability to make people miss are incredible. In an age where running backs have been devalued, Cook is a legit Top-15 talent and has the potential to change an offense. If Cook can repeat his 2015 success and avoid injury, he should hear his name called very early in the 2017 Draft.

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Grant Baker is an Arkansas native and fan of the Oakland Raiders. He covers the NFL and the NBA, but predominantly covers the NFL Draft. Grant belongs to the rare breed of people who love poring over game film of prospects from directional Missouri schools. He serves takes ranging in temperature from Steph Curry in Madison Square Garden to Lambeau Field in the playoffs.
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Grant Baker is an Arkansas native and fan of the Oakland Raiders. He covers the NFL and the NBA, but predominantly covers the NFL Draft. Grant belongs to the rare breed of people who love poring over game film of prospects from directional Missouri schools. He serves takes ranging in temperature from Steph Curry in Madison Square Garden to Lambeau Field in the playoffs.
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