Jimbo Fisher laughed at NFL teams letting Dalvin Cook fall to the second round

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First-round running backs have become a rare breed in recent years, but Jimbo Fisher thinks one running back who lasted until the second round absolutely should have gone in the first.

Dalvin Cook played for Fisher at Florida State before the Vikings selected him with the 41st overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, and Fisher told Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press that teams made a big mistake letting Cook last that long.

“The Vikings got the steal of the draft in that one, I promise you,” Fisher said. “All the ones who didn’t think he was first round, I never understood that, and I used to laugh at that in that somebody’s going to regret that one day.”

The 2017 draft, however, shows some of the perils of drafting running backs high. The first back chosen in that class, Leonard Fournette, was viewed at the time as an elite running back prospect, but he hasn’t had an elite career. Meanwhile, third-round running backs Alvin Kamara, Kareem Hunt and James Conner, fourth-round running back Tarik Cohen and fifth-round running back Aaron Jones have all been to Pro Bowls.

Fisher said he watches the Vikings regularly to see how Cook is doing.

“That’s my buddy,” Fisher said. “It doesn’t surprise me whatever he does. He’s as good as I’ve ever been around and as great of a player as he is, he’s a better person. He’s a workaholic, he’s a team guy. I love him to death. One of the all-time favorites I’ve ever coached. You talk about a competitor and a warrior, you can’t say enough great things about him.”

29 responses to “Jimbo Fisher laughed at NFL teams letting Dalvin Cook fall to the second round

  1. Cook was a great player at FSU but had durability concerns. That’s been true in the NFL too. No matter how good he is, he’s still missed 21 games in his four year career.

  2. This shows why it’s a good idea to talk with a player’s college coach. What a great bunch of RBs that year!

  3. Yeah, we are all laughing. Until he helps his team win a Super Bowl, his personal stats and his college coach’s opinion mean nothing. So, yeah, ha ha.

  4. That’s funny. I laughed at Jimbo Fisher when he raved about Jameis Winston.

  5. Being a huge college football fan (I cannot understand people who watch NFL football and not college football)I said 5 years ago to anyone who would listen the two best running backs I see that year are Dalvin Cook and Sequan Barkley (Penn State). Everything is arguable but these two guys can play and I enjoyed their work in college as I do in the NFL-thank you both!

  6. A bigger laugh was scouts thinking Ezekiel Elliot was better than Derrick Henry

  7. Dalvin Cook’s spotty character record was no laughing matter to NFL teams that either staggered his placement or took him off their draft boards completely.
    Minnesota rolled the dice and to Cook’s credit, he’s kept his nose clean and seemed to put his past issues behind him.

    There are still concerns about his on-field health as this RB has missed a lot of games in his short NFL career.
    Stacking another complete season on to last will go a long way to alleviate those concerns.
    Any real unbiased opinion would tell you that jury is definitely still out, so l wouldn’t laugh too hard just yet.

  8. Cook was arrested for robbery at 14, third-degree felony discharge of weapon on school grounds at 16, property damage with a pellet gun his first year in college, followed by mistreating bulldog puppies, aggravating assault while brandishing a firearm, and punching a 100lb woman in the face knocking her out. He’s a sweetheart. Maybe that’s why he didn’t go in the first round? Maybe? Just a guess.

  9. If I were in that spot and with hindsight, I’d rather trade back, select Aaron Jones and net a high third rounder in the process. Cook is the better player, but not by much (especially when you factor in how much time he’s missed due to injury), and not better than Jones and another decent player.

  10. Shows you I’m no GM, I was bummed when Fournette didn’t fall to my Panthers and we took the little scat back Christian McCaffery. How insanely wrong I was.

  11. a lot of teams do NOT think drafting a rb in round one is a good thing. RB has to be the next Adrian Pederson or someone very special. You get your best linemen and defense in round one

  12. It was obvious to anyone with a brain. The Fournette thing was obvious to if you didn’t get your opinions spoon fed to you by others. McCafrey has surprised me as a pro, but I still wouldn’t have taken him over Cook. He was the best back in that draft.

  13. howboutthemcowboys2020 says:
    July 5, 2021 at 2:16 pm
    A bigger laugh was scouts thinking Ezekiel Elliot was better than Derrick Henry
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    Let’s not let recency bias cloud ou judgement. Over the first 3-4 years Ezekiel Elliot was better than Derrick Henry. In fact Henry was in danger of being traded until the light switch went on a couple of years ago.

  14. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    July 5, 2021 at 1:09 pm
    Kamara and Jones were considerably bigger steals

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    Neither of them are running backs.

  15. Jimbo Fisher laughed at NFL teams letting Dalvin Cook fall to the second round
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    REALLY? One great year out of 4yrs, most people would call that an anomaly!

  16. 6thsense10 says:
    July 5, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    Let’s not let recency bias cloud ou judgement. Over the first 3-4 years Ezekiel Elliot was better than Derrick Henry. In fact Henry was in danger of being traded until the light switch went on a couple of years ago.

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    That’s not really accurate. Zeke was a high pick that was going to be the bell cow immediately.

    The Titans traded for DeMarco Murray (on a high money guaranteed contract) from the Eagles the same year they drafted Henry. There was no path for Henry to start unless Murray got injured.

    Everyone got fired after 2 years and the new regime also brought in their own starting RB despite how productive Henry was in limited touches.

    Henry always had the talent and showed it when given the opportunity but he was always behind a high priced vet.

  17. “This shows why it’s a good idea to talk with a player’s college coach.”
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    Counterpoint to that is that unless the guy is a close friend how would you know how honest the college coach was being? He directly benefits from his players being drafted and he’d be in hot water with both his current players and future recruits if it it ever got out that he said anything remotely negative.

  18. One thing Jimbo is good at is keeping his criminal players on the fields and keeping the law enforcement away to win games then exalting his on zero character by talking how great are his criminals players. Most of the smart teams that have some character to them (this excludes teams like Dallas, Seattle and especially KC) had Dalvin as a real pos and not on their draft boards.

  19. How do you figure he had “durability issues” at FSU ? He literally played in every single game of his college career. He played 38 out of 38 possible games. He tore an ACL in his rookie season. That can happen to anyone. Other than that he’s been reliable. He’s a flat out stud in every way. Definitely a steal. Going into that draft i was shocked he wasn’t considered the #1 RB based on his college production and his willingness/desire to play in his teams bowl game while the other top RBs opted out.

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    Danielle K says:
    July 5, 2021 at 1:11 pm
    Cook was a great player at FSU but had durability concerns. That’s been true in the NFL too. No matter how good he is, he’s still missed 21 games in his four year career.

  20. Watching him running through the packers defense last year is an obvious sign? Are they bad every year?

  21. Think he’ll stay healthy enough this season to get a full share of our Vikes’ participation ribbon?

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