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Florida State football, recruiting news: What does Dalvin Cook’s NFL scouting report look like?

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Cook is an electric playmaker. He reminds me so much of Chris Johnson when he was playing at East Carolina. He might gain limited yards on five consecutive carries, but then he'll pop one for a score of 60-plus yards. He produced a run of 30-plus yards in nine different games last fall. He doesn't quite have the same top speed as Johnson(Cook should run in the high 4.3s/low 4.4s in the 40-yard dash) but he has similar suddenness and explosiveness. He can play on all three downs and is a threat to score from anywhere on the field.

The production is off the charts. Watson can dominate a game with his run-pass skill combination. As a passer, he has a quick delivery and slightly above-average arm strength. He has very quick feet in his setup and throws from a firm base. He shows the ability to throw with touch down the field (see Watson's 31-yard TD pass above to Hunter Renfrow in the national title game vs. Alabama) and has an uncanny ability to escape pressure. He is very accurate on the move, especially when rolling to his right side. As a runner, he has outstanding vision and quickness. He's used quite often in the zone-read game and he makes excellent decisions. He also does a good job of going down or getting out of bounds to avoid taking huge shots.

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So which of these young signal-callers would I take first? After completing this study, I think I'll have Winston ranked ever-so-slightly ahead of Mariota for 2016. While Mariota has the wheels, I'll take Winston's proficiency as a passer and the talent around him over Mariota's. Winston already has an elite wide receiver (Mike Evans) and proven, young running back duo (Doug Martinand Charles Sims). Mariota's top receiving option, Dorial Green-Beckham, is being surpassed on the depth chart by a fifth-round rookie, and we still aren't certain if DeMarco Murray has lost a step and if Derrick Henry can produce at the NFL level. It's close, but I'll give the edge to the former first-overall pick when it comes to finding a late-round fantasy signal-caller.

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