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2022 NFL Draft Scouting Report: RB James Cook

Big Board ranking: #82

Positional ranking: #7



Position: RB

College: Georgia

Class: Senior

Age: 23



Height: 5’11”

Weight: 199 lbs.

Arm length: 30 3/4″

Hand size: 9 3/8”


Athletic testing

40-yard dash: 4.42 sec.

Vertical jump: 33.0”

Broad jump: 124.0”

Bench press: N/A

3-cone drill: N/A

Short shuttle: N/A



Very smooth and gliding runner. Above-average speed. Strong ability to recognize cutback opportunities. Very good vision and slippery in space. Effective cutback juke move. Excellent hands and very comfortable catching the ball from anywhere on the field. Exceptional route runner. Deceptive in and out of breaks on option routes. Reliable hands in traffic. Often used on quick passes in the flat. Has experience running routes out wide. Extremely dangerous on vertical routes versus linebackers outside the numbers. Used as a motion player from the slot. High intelligence for spacing in the passing game. Knows how to get open on broken plays. Shows willingness to step up in pass protection. Alabama head coach Nick Saban said he makes him “nervous” because of the ability to create mismatches.



Goes down too easily on first contact on between-the-tackle runs. Can play with more physicality overall as a runner. Would like to see more aggression/eagerness with the ball. Running style is too upright. Not very elusive escaping backfield penetration. Lacks determination to stay in bounds. Only five career games with double-digit carries and never had more than 15 touches in a game.


NFL comparison

Darrynton Evans



Overall, Cook is a slashing runner that has Day 2 value based on his smoothness as a pass-catcher and ability to create mismatches. He should be drafted as a complementary option that will ideally be paired with a power back.


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