2017 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: First-Round Predictions for All 32 Picks

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Running Back. Florida State. Dalvin Cook. 8. player. 87.

Dalvin Cook may is the second-best running back in a draft class filled with future NFL backfield stars. The Panthers have a solid running back in Jonathan Stewart, but it’s been clear for years that they’re missing an explosive force out of the backfield.

In three years, Cook proved time and time again that he’s going to be something special when given the chance. The only thing stopping him from reaching his full potential in college was Florida State. The Seminoles and Jimbo Fisher relied much more on the pass than the run and ultimately held Cook back from possibly being a Heisman finalist this season.

This is a match made in heaven for Cook, the Panthers, and Cam Newton. Cook can be explosive in the run game, and be a threat catching out of the backfield. What Newton has missed a lot this season is someone to take pressure off of him and the passing game.

Cook’s going to be something special. He reminds me a lot of DeAngelo Williams. If this current Panther’s team had Williams during his prime, the offense would be one of the most dynamic units in the NFL. By adding Cook, it could easily reach that potential.