James Cook

James Cook

Measurements
  • Height
    5110
  • Hand
    9 3/8
  • VJ
    33
  • Weight
    199lbs
  • Arm
    30 3/4
  • Speed
    4.42
RB Combine Averages
  • Height
    5105
  • Hand
    9 1/4
  • VJ
    34.75
  • Weight
    213lbs
  • Arm
    31
  • Speed
    4.55
Ben Elsner - Scout
James Cook
  • Overall Rank
    126
  • Position Rank
    11
  • Position
    RB
  • Age
    22.8 Years
  • Team
    GEORGIA

Stats

Year Games Played Carries Yards YPC TDs Misc. Stats
2018 10 41 284 6.9 2 8 / 89 / 0
2019 13 31 188 6.06 2 16 / 132 / 0
2020 8 45 303 6.73 3 16 / 225 / 2
2021 15 113 728 6.44 7 27 / 284 / 4

Build

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

James Cook is a lean build back who would add weight in his uppers and lowers but should be best at around 200 but max at 210 range. Has dealt with ankle injuries as well as hand injuries in 2020. Has never held anything close to a starting job as a rusher but has been used all around as a receiver.

  • Size
    5
  • Length
    6
  • Frame/Durability
    6
Grade 5.7

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Doesn't possess the ability to continue leg drive and can be tripped up from behind. Doesn't see cut back lanes well and will struggle with his vision outside of structure. Effort and motor is not questioned, toughness and instincts are adequate to average.

  • Toughness
    6
  • Instincts
    5
  • Effort/Motor
    6
Grade 5.7

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Running him between the tackles is a disservice to his play style and ability. He possesses a lack of play strength in his legs and upper body but can hit a max speed extremely quickly with a strong plant burst. Sinks in and out of his cuts to maximize explosion. The most "jittery" of the backs at the Senior Bowl with a large array of skill moves and the ability to quickly move his body away from tacklers with light feet. Contact balance is not consistent but flashes the potential to improve with better strength training.

  • Explosiveness
    7
  • Speed
    7
  • Body Control
    5
  • Flexibility/Bend
    7
  • Change of Direction
    7
  • Play Strength
    4
Grade 6.2

Technical

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

An outstanding asset in the receiving game with the ability to line up across the LOS and run sharp, clean, and dynamic routes against LBs and CBs. With the ball in his hands, he is able to sift through tacklers and pick up chunk yardage in space. Unfrequently will he finish through a defender due to a lack of strength, which limits a teams want to run him on 1st and 2nd down in between the tacklers. Shows to be at his best in space in an outside zone offense where he can use his speed and explosion to cut off pursuit angles and make a defender miss. Cook shows toughness as a pass blocker as he does not wait for contact to be introduced to him, he initiates contact and works to sustain the block. He can improve in pass pro but shows willingness to put up defenders larger than him at full speed.

  • Receiving Ability
    8
  • Ability to Create on Own
    7
  • Finishing Run
    5
  • Footwork
    7
  • Inside Run
    5
  • Outside Run
    6
  • MYM Ability
    7
  • Ball Security
    6
Grade 6.4

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?
James Cook, the brother of Dalvin Cook, has played on a role on the Georgia offense for 3 seasons, with most of his contributions coming on 3rd down and as a complementary back. This past season, he had 130 touches including 27 receptions and 4 receiving TDs. Cook is a premiere pass catching back and has greater value in the modern NFL than 5-10 years ago. With Cooks lack of usage at Georgia with Zamir White most recently, he projects to be a player who can learn to be productive as a rusher as he starts as a difference maker in the passing game. Cook should be a better NFL player than he was a CFB player with his explosion, long speed, and light feet to cut off pursuit angles in open space. Should be used where his offense looks to get him the ball in space. He will be option on 3rd down early in his career because of his receiving ability and ability to create on his own in space.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • v Michigan
  • Dec - 31 - 2021
  • Shows dynamic nature in the passing game while lining up on the outside and in the backfield. Able to beat defenders from LBs to CBs on sharp routes
  • iconWorst Game
  • v Clemson
  • Sep - 04 - 2021
  • Was held in check in the receiving game and rushing game as he did not have space to be explosive and was used in poor packages for his skill set
Best Trait
Receiving Ability
Pro Comparison
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