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Report: Dalvin Cook, NFC team may have mutual interest

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Former Florida State running back Dalvin Cook may stay in-state during his NFL career. According to SEC Network analyst Booger McFarland, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are interested in drafting Cook in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft – and the Bucs are apparently a preference for the running back as well.

Cook reportedly visited with the Bucs this week as the franchise looks to explore options at running back. He is projected by many to be the second running back taken in this year’s draft behind LSU’s Leonard Fournette and could be available when Tampa Bay picks at No. 19 overall.

Cook left as the leading rusher in FSU history, with 4,464 yards. He also impressed scouts with a strong Pro Day performance, including one who called his drill work “f–king special,” Bleacher Report reported.

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In January, NFL Network’s Bucky Brooks said he believed Cook was the top running back prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft, ahead of LSU standout Leonard Fournette, and credited him as a “superior pass-catcher and playmaker in the passing game.”

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“While the rugged runner from the Bayou certainly deserves a top grade based on his impressive set of tools (size, speed, power and vision) and ultra-physical running style, the dynamic play-making potential of Florida State’s Dalvin Cook could make him a better pro when it is all said and done,” Brooks wrote. “I know that might be considered blasphemy in some circles based on Fournette’s reputation as a game-changer, but a close look at Cook’s game reveals an electric multi-purpose runner with a knack for delivering explosive plays whenever he has the ball in his hands.”

The move would also reunite Cook with former FSU teammate Jameis Winston, who he played alongside as a true freshman in 2014.

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