NFL Draft Analysis: Jared Cook, TE, South Carolina Gamecocks

by Zach Sanders on February 23, 2009 @ 00:00:00 PDT

 


Tight end Jared Cook will forgo his senior season at the University of South Carolina and enter the 2009 NFL Draft. In three seasons with the Gamecocks, Cook caught 73 balls for 1,107 yards and seven touchdowns. He progressed well in his time in school, with his best year coming in his junior season. In his junior campaign, Cook caught 37 passes for 573 yards and three touchdowns. Cook was given the Big Play Award after South Carolina's spring drills.

Strengths

  • Speed - ran a 4.50-second 40-yard dash at the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine
  • Strength - completed 23 bench press reps at 225 pounds
  • Great at going to the ball, can adjust to bad throws
  • Height - listed at 6-foot-4 3/4

Weaknesses

  • Blocking - needs serious work
  • Size - needs to add weight to his 243-pound frame
  • Toughness - needs to improving blocking inside the line

Expected draft placement

Cook has been projected to fall late into the second round and could last until the third round. The Philadelphia Eagles could draft him at No. 52, and the Baltimore Ravens may look his way at No. 57. The Atlanta Falcons could look to Cook at No. 55 overall to add another target for quarterback Matt Ryan. In Round 3, the Kansas City Chiefs could draft Cook at No. 67 to be the eventual replacement for Tony Gonzalez. Cook shouldn't fall past the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 72.

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