NFL analysts are starting to think that there may be room for just two running backs in this year’s first round – and Dalvin Cook isn’t one of them.
NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein reports that teams are beginning to feel that only two running backs will go in the opening round, leaving the former Seminoles star to wait for the second day in Philadelphia.
The two sure-fire first-rounders appear to be LSU’s Leonard Fournette, who has a solid chance to go in the top five, and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey.
Zierlein said that durability, character and an unexceptional NFL Scouting Combine performance are among the concerns cited for Cook.
If Cook does slide from the first round, it would be a major drop for a player who earlier this year was named by some analysts as the top running back available. One team that supposedly has ruled out Cook in the first round is Oakland.
Still, a first round with two running back selections would by an increase from some recent years. Last year, Ezekiel Elliott was the only first-round running back. While two running backs went in the first round in 2015, none were chosen in the initial round in 2013 or ’14.
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