James Cook 2022 NFL Draft profile: Full scouting report, Fantasy Football fits, Dynasty outlook, 40 and more

James Cook is not a clone of his sibling — NFL star running back Dalvin Cook — however it’s difficult not to see the resemblances in their running designs when seeing James’ tape at Georgia. You do not require to dig deep into the video game movie to see it either. Anyone who saw the championship game video game versus Alabama and saw James make this dive cut that may have for one minute really seemed like Dalvin appeared to offer the Bulldogs an increase to lastly overcome the hill versus Bama. But nope, it was James. And while Dalvin’s more youthful sibling does not have the exact same sort of size, he shows a range of comparable qualities to the ones that have actually made the older sibling an unique gamer. He likewise may be a much better possibility as a receiver and all of us understand how well that plays in Fantasy Football.

The mini Dalvin does not have the exact same develop — he has to do with 10-15 pounds lighter — and he didn’t run anywhere near the exact same work as his older sibling at Georgia. But partly, it seemed like that was due to the fact that they didn’t require him to. James does an outstanding task with his footwork and vision — like his sibling — and this permits him to be a possession as a between-the-tackles runner regardless of his size. And his death video game expertise will permit him to instantly be a possession on passing downs — so there is a course for him to run in a three-down function at the NFL level.  Cook hurried for 738 lawns on 113 efforts (6.4 YPC) for an overall of 7 ratings on the ground in 2021. He likewise captured 27 of 30 passes for 274 lawns and 4 goals in the air while running out of a four-way running back by committee at Georgia. 

Age since Week 1:  22 | Height: 5-11 | Weight:  199 | 40-time:  4.42

We’re breaking down whatever you require to learn about Cook from a Fantasy supervisor viewpoint, consisting of finest fits, Dynasty outlook, measurables, hunting report, crucial statistics and an NFL contrast.

Fantasy fits

Buffalo Bills

Throughout his period as basic supervisor of the Bills, GM Brandon Beane hasn’t been shy about targeting the running back position on late Day 2 (Round 3). He situated 2 backs he liked and he headed out and got them both in Round 3 — Devin Singletary and Zack Moss. While Singletary had a good stretch at the end of 2021, he hasn’t totally developed himself as the alpha, and there is space for another playmaker in this offense. Considering the number of opposing protective planners moved to playing the Josh Allen-led Bills from a two-high security shell, this is amongst the very best suitable for any running back. Cook’s capability in the death video game likewise assists his forecast here.

Vegas Raiders

I would enjoy for James Cook to fulfill brand-new Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels, the guy accountable for opening the professions of passing-down backs like James White. Cook is not restricted to a giving function at the next level, however he will definitely be an instant weapon there. All you need to do is see the spin cycle he put Alabama POUND Christian Harris on a vertical path when lined up on the limit in 2020 to understand the sort of upside he generates that regard. And originating from the Bill Belichick training tree, McDaniels will enjoy the reality that Cook had absolutely no dropped passes in 2021.

New York Giants

We’re not stating the writing is on the wall for Saquon Barkley in New York, however with a brand-new front workplace and training personnel in location, the Giants have actually currently generated 3 of the leading running backs in this draft class for personal top-30 check outs at their center. Cook was among them. His explosive playmaking skillset would be a good suitable for brand-new coach Brian Daboll, who can relieve him into action in a comparable function to how he made use of Isaiah McKenzie with the Bills.

Dynasty outlook

Cook has actually been falling in the novice mock drafts I’ve took part in up until this point, and I think his absence of size and touches at the college level have a lot to do with it. I’ve been seeing Cook come off the board regularly in Round 3 — sometimes towards the middle or back end. I comprehend the issues, however as we’ll get to listed below in the hunting report, the elite qualities surpass those. And that’s method too far of a fall. Cook will be a target of mine at the end of the 2nd round in basic novice drafts with an ability that equates extremely well to any Fantasy league that awards points for receptions. 

Scouting report


  • The breakaway speed is genuine with Cook and he may even have a minor edge on his sibling because regard — the 4.42 40-yard dash appears on tape through his video game speed.  
  • Incredibly fast feet permit him to alter instructions, press the line of skirmish prior to cutting to get vertical.
  • Near similar run design to his sibling Dalvin provides him an upper hand for any group that brings him into an outside-zone heavy run obstructing system.
  • Total inequality versus linebackers as a getting choice — Georgia even discovered success lining him up on the limit and in the slot — in movement. 
  • Acceleration after his cuts is visible on tape and a significant property for James, and his capability to stop and begin on a penny is exceptionally remarkable.
  • James’ perseverance and vision as a runner are frequently what assists him established his cuts and produce huge gains. 
  • Not just does James have borderline-elite leading end video game speed, however possibly more vital is his capability to keep that speed after his cuts.
  • James reveals flashes of innovative psychological processing in his capability to establish lowering linebackers and securities, and in doing so produce lowering lanes. 
  • Great in area in the screen video game or on created fast passes
  • Shows a desire to pass secure and has a couple of top-level pass safeguarding representatives
  • Great at safeguarding the football — absolutely no fumbles in 2021


  • Cook has a minor frame that brings enigma regarding whether he’ll have the ability to hold up with a heavy work at the next level.
  • Cook is not a take on breaker through power by any methods though he can avert them with his slippery running design.
  • Contact balance is not an issue always however likewise not an elite characteristic for Cook
  • Cook just eclipsed 100 overall touches in one season

Stats breakdown

G Att RuYds Avg TD Rec ReYds Avg TD
2021 15 113 728 6.4 7 27 284 10.5 4
2020 8 45 303 6.7 3 16 225 14.1 2
2019 13 31 188 6.1 2 16 132 8.3 0
Career 36 230 1503 6.5 14 67 730 10.9 6

Advanced statistics to understand

  • Zero dropped passes in 2021
  • Zero fumbles in 2021

NFL contrast

A smaller sized variation of Dalvin Cook in running design is apt, however considering the frame, previous Falcons running back Devonta Freeman may make one of the most sense as an NFL contrast offered their running designs and size.

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