Bryan Cook

Bryan Cook

Measurements
  • Height
    6010
  • Hand
    8 1/2
  • VJ
  • Weight
    206lbs
  • Arm
    31 7/8
  • Speed
S Combine Averages
  • Height
    5117
  • Hand
    9 1/4
  • VJ
    36
  • Weight
    204lbs
  • Arm
    31 3/4
  • Speed
    4.56
Jared Hammond - Scout
Bryan Cook
  • Overall Rank
    77
  • Position Rank
    5
  • Position
    S
  • Team
    CINCINNATI

Stats

Year Games Played Tackles PBUs Yds/Cov Snap Sacks Misc. Stats
2017 NA NA NA NA NA 21 Games at Howard
2018 NA NA NA NA NA
2019 1 2 0 0.00 0 NA
2020 10 26 2 0.88 0 NA
2021 14 96 9 0.39 0 5 TFLs

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Cook is a top heavy player with a slender lower half except for his thicker thighs. Doesn't need to add or lose weight, he's got above the line size for the position. He has adequate length and hasn't missed any time at Cincinnati due to injury. Won't be participating in the Senior Bowl due to end of season surgical procedure.

  • Size
    7
  • Length
    6
  • Frame/Durability
    7
Grade 6.7

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

He's tough, not afraid to stick his helmet into blockers or ball carriers. Instincts are above the line, reads and reacts well but sometimes he reads too much into QBs eyes. Effort and motor are above the line, plays with high amounts of both.

  • Toughness
    7
  • Instincts
    7
  • Effort/Motor
    7
Grade 7.0

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Cook has adequate speed and lacks true long speed. He's an adequate athlete when it comes to explosiveness, flexibility/bend, and change of direction. Takes him multiple steps to completely change direction or flip and shows most of his explosion when tackling. Has above the line body control and moves fluidly in space. Above the line play strength and shows power when he tackles and doesn't allow many to slip his tackles.

  • Explosiveness
    6
  • Speed
    6
  • Body Control
    7
  • Flexibility/Bend
    6
  • Change of Direction
    6
  • Play Strength
    7
Grade 6.3

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Post snap he shows adequate play recognition. His backpedal is average and shows stiffness and an inability to sink. Adequate plant and drive once he diagnoses the play and when he pursues the ball carrier and gets within range he shows adequate burst to close. Adequate hip fluidity and shows up the most when he tackles, he drives through ball carriers. Above the line run support, gets off the blocks of tight ends quickly but struggles with offensive linemen. Above the line tackler who rarely misses or has his tackles broken. Adequate coverage ability, he can cover TEs and RBs out of the backfield but he's susceptible to double moves, QBs drawing him away with his eyes. He's best as a zone defender where he's allowed to either play underneath or in deep zones and allowed to watch the QBs eyes. Adequate ball skills and will lose the ball sometimes in coverage.

  • Hip Fluidity
    6
  • Burst to Close
    6
  • Plant and Drive
    6
  • Run Support
    7
  • Cover Ability
    6
  • Twitch/Suddenness
    7
  • Backpedal
    5
  • Ball Skills
    6
Grade 6.1

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Cook finished his time at Cincinnati as a one year starter, making 16 career starts. He's a redshirt senior. He has an above the line body profile for the safety position, above the line size with a high cut build. Initially he projects as a special teamer and as a winning backup who is deserving of rotational playing time as a strong safety or as the extra defender in nickel packages. He can immediately come into the NFL and play as a box safety due to his above the line run support ability paired with being a sure tackler. In addition his above the line play strength allows him to get off TE blocks quickly. His above the line twitch and suddenness allows him to react to plays at an above the line level even if he makes a wrong initial diagnosis. He struggles with covering routes that develop downfield but can and will be effective covering RBs and TEs in the flats on shorter routes. Has the potential to develop into a starting caliber strong or box safety but initially will need time to develop his instincts. A 3rd round grade.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • AT Navy
  • Oct - 23 - 2021
  • Get to see him in the box, good tackling, 8 TOT (4 solo), good discipline against option offense.
  • iconWorst Game
  • v Alabama
  • Dec - 31 - 2021
  • Best opponent, lost some guys in coverage and got turned around.
Best Trait
Run Support/Tackling
Pro Comparison
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