Photo of Erik  Cook
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  • 6'6" Height
  • 33 7/8" Arm Length
  • 318LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/4" Hands

Overview

Cook has been a quality offensive lineman for the Lobos over the past three years and has started at all three positions: tackle, guard and center. He may be a little tall for the center position as he would be facing a lot of nose tackles that would have a natural leverage advantage on him. He is a natural knee bender that does a good job of playing with a good pad level and will leverage his blocks. He can struggle when opponents get to, or past, the edge and he needs to recover and square back up on the block. He lacks the lateral range to play on the edge and is best suited to play guard or center where he has the potential to eventually develop into an adequate starter.

Analysis

Strengths

Cook is thickly built with a wide frame. Uses his hands well to get inside and lock onto defenders. Possesses a quick first step and takes very good angles in run blocking. Sinks hips to get under the defender’s pads and uses his strong lower body to generate a good push. Prepares well and has a very good understanding of pass protection.

Weaknesses

Lacks lateral range in pass protection and will be exposed on the perimeter by speedy edge rushers. Limited fluidity makes him a liability on the move and in open spaces. Struggles to recover when he loses position or balance. Does not show a mean streak and finish blocks. Inconsistent recognizing blitzes.
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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.
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