Malik McDowell, Dalvin Cook among big names left after first round

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The NFL announced earlier this month that 22 players would be attending this year’s draft in Philadelphia, although that number dropped by one when cornerback Gareon Conley changed his plans this week.

Conley wound up going in the first round despite the sexual assault allegations that led him to pass on the trip, but a few of the other invitees remained on the board through all 32 picks. Michigan State defensive lineman Malik McDowell, Alabama tackle Cam Robinson, Washington cornerback Kevin King and Colorado cornerback Chidobe Awuzie all remain available heading into Round Two on Friday night.

They have company among recognizable names from outside of Philadelphia. Florida State running back Dalvin Cook didn’t join Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey as a first-round pick and joins Tennessee’s Alvin Kamara and Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon at the top of the list of available backs.

Western Kentucky offensive lineman Forrest Lamp, Washington safety Budda Baker and Vanderbilt linebacker Zach Cunningham are others that sometimes appeared as first-round picks in mock drafts before going unselected on Thursday. Quarterbacks Davis Webb and DeShone Kizer also figure to be among the names coming off the board when the draft resumes with the Packers on the clock at No. 33.

16 responses to “Malik McDowell, Dalvin Cook among big names left after first round

  1. Hope he doesn’t come to the NFL East but Dalvin Cook will be the best RB in the draft. Fournette is a monster but I see a short career unless he’s splitting carries. Doesn’t have break away speed

  2. Dalvin Cook is tailor made for the Packers. That would be a good pick… At least it would seem like one until their defense inevitably collapses and they annihilated in the playoffs again.

  3. If you don’t think Cook has breakaway speed you’ve never watched game tape of him burning guys and going all the way to the house. He even did it in his last game against Michigan in the orange bowl.

    I’m a student at Florida State so I’ve seen him do it all the time. You should look further than reading his combine 40 and closing the book…

  4. vikingsdefineaverage says:
    Apr 27, 2017 11:59 PM
    Hope he doesn’t come to the NFL East but Dalvin Cook will be the best RB in the draft. Fournette is a monster but I see a short career unless he’s splitting carries. Doesn’t have break away speed
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    You’re joking right? He ran a 4.5 in the 40. At 240 pounds. That’s plenty fast and he’ll be a tackle breaking machine. Solid pick for the Jags and just what the doctor ordered. He’s the next Adrian Peterson with his style of running.

  5. I think Cook will electrify and frustrate in equal measure. He’s got Lawrence Phillips 2.0 written all over him. He’s been in trouble just about his entire life and shows no signs of smartening up. Off field issues aside, he can’t pass block, has injury concerns and puts the ball on the ground too much. I REALLY hope the Vikings resist the urge to pull the trigger on this guy at any point in the draft. Top 10 talent, undrafted brain.

  6. Sidney Jones is the best player coming into the second round just as he was going into the first round. What ever team takes that risk is going get the steal of the draft. Here’s hoping it’s my birds. Love to see the birds trade up into the early second with maybe a player trade (kelce, I’m looking at you kid) and a 4th and grab king as well and just reunite the two here in philly

  7. emoney826 says:
    Apr 28, 2017 9:16 AM

    How is Sam Bradford working out for you, tjack? That was a smart trade, wasn’t it? He led you to the promise land last year.

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    It’s working out just fine. Without the trade, the Vikings play Shaun Hill all last year and finish with maybe 5 or 6 wins. We’d have the pick, sure, but we’d still be looking for a QB for this season and probably end up reaching like the Bears, Texans and Chiefs all did. It was the right move then and it’s the right move now.

  8. emoney826 says:

    How is Sam Bradford working out for you, tjack? That was a smart trade, wasn’t it? He led you to the promise land last year.

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    He’s working out just fine. Exactly what the Vikings needed considering teams just gave up a lot more for unknown prospects in a weak QB class. Yes, it was a very smart trade.

    If winning the super bowl is the standard.. How’d Rodgers work out for you last year?

  9. Rodgers puts the Packers in the playoffs every year with a chance. Don’t you want the same for your team? Or is a playoff appearance once every 5 years good enough? You guys can’t honestly tell me that Sam Bradford excites you. It sucks with what happened to Bridgewater, but there is no way Bradford was or is going to lead you to a title. You don’t need to reach to find a decent QB. Yes, Chicago and KC reached, but if you had your pick last night, you could drafted Watson.

  10. emoney826 says:
    Apr 28, 2017 11:09 AM

    Rodgers puts the Packers in the playoffs every year with a chance. Don’t you want the same for your team? Or is a playoff appearance once every 5 years good enough? You guys can’t honestly tell me that Sam Bradford excites you. It sucks with what happened to Bridgewater, but there is no way Bradford was or is going to lead you to a title. You don’t need to reach to find a decent QB. Yes, Chicago and KC reached, but if you had your pick last night, you could drafted Watson.

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    The Vikings pick was at 14 and Watson was gone at 12. If we assume that a Shaun Hill led Vikings team wins 6 games, maybe they can pick him. Who says Watson becomes a better pro than Bradford? Maybe Watson becomes Steve Young…maybe he becomes Vince Young. No one knows. Bradford won’t steal games on his own, but he’ll have the Vikings in position to win a lot more than Watson would. The team is likely only a few years away from losing some of those good, young defensive pieces to the salary cap. Bradford gives them the best chance to win right now.

  11. But we know what Bradford is. We’ve seen a good sampling of him now, which is why he’s been on 3 teams. Shaun Hill wouldn’t have won you 6 wins, meaning you would have drafted higher and got Watson. You’re right though about Watson. We don’t know what Watson will turn into. But I would have taken a chance based on what we already knew before your team traded for him.

    Good luck to you guys. I’m not here to troll you. I’m just stating my opiniom.

  12. emoney826 says:
    Apr 28, 2017 12:19 PM
    But we know what Bradford is. We’ve seen a good sampling of him now, which is why he’s been on 3 teams. Shaun Hill wouldn’t have won you 6 wins, meaning you would have drafted higher and got Watson. You’re right though about Watson. We don’t know what Watson will turn into. But I would have taken a chance based on what we already knew before your team traded for him.

    Good luck to you guys. I’m not here to troll you. I’m just stating my opiniom

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    This is all a waste of discussion. It is the system the QB is coming into. I have a hard time believing Dak would have been as good for the Browns as he was the Cowboys. Wentz had a better situation in Philly than Goff in LA.

    The Vikes offensive system has been abysmal with a high turnover rate. I don’t think drafting Watson (would wouldn’t have fallen to Vikes anyway) would have fixed anything in the immediate future. Bradford is no Brady or Rodgers, but at least he is marginally consistent, which is the #1 think that system needs right now. Vikes will grab a QB this year, but in later rounds.

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