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  • 4.65 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 18 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 35.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 116.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 5'9" Height
  • 197LBS. Weight


He lacks prototypical height, but Cook ranks as one of the better and more physical strong safeties of the 2009 class. An immediate standout for the Gamecocks, Cook left after his junior campaign. He earned all-SEC recognition all three seasons he spent at South Carolina. Similar to Indianapolis Colts' star Bob Sanders, Cook is at his best as a run enforcer and protecting the middle of the defense with his physicality and sound tackling. He'll need to perform well at the Scouting Combine -- both in workouts and in interviews -- to match Sanders' second-round grade.



Positives: Fearless. ... Sound tackler. ... Breaks down in space well due to good lateral quickness and balance and shows rare explosion as a hitter of his size. ... Can separate the ball from the ballcarrier as a hitter and has three forced fumbles. ... Instinctive defender, reads the action quickly. ... Smooth hip turn and has a short-area burst to close on the ball. ... Immediate standout in the SEC as a freshman. Negatives: Listed at 5-foot-10, and may be shorter than that. ... Questionable straight-line speed. ... Protected in coverage a bit by South Carolina's unique 4-2-5 scheme. ... Immature. ... Missed the Gamecocks' final game (Outback Bowl loss to Iowa) due to an academic suspension.
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.