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Jason Cook (FB)
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 244
College: Mississippi
Conference: SEC
Hometown: Suwanee, GA
High School: North Gwinnett
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In a draft full of H-backs and 'tweeners, Cook is one of very few traditional lead blocking fullbacks. Although his size and physicality make him a prototypical hammer, Cook is hardly the stereotypical hardhat as he earned a double-major degree in English and Education in five years.

The ability to quote Shakespeare won't get Cook far in the NFL, but his lead blocking and underrated hands out of the backfield will. The three-year starter hasn't had a lot of carries (six in four years), but that won't slow teams needing a physical presence in their running game from taking Cook in the late rounds. Had an arm span of 33 1/4 inches and a hand span of 10 3/8 inches at the combine.

High School

All-County pick of the Gwinnett Touchdown Club who was named Player of the Month three times ... Also named to Super 11 team and was team captain ... Selected to Gwinnett Daily Post preseason All-County squad ... As a senior, was credited with 63 tackles, two pass interceptions, three caused fumbles, two fumble recoveries and four sacks ... Playing fullback, also had 12 "knockdowns" ... Career totals included 175 tackles and 14 sacks ... Earned four letters in football ... Coached in high school by Tim Hammontree ... Also earned four letters in basketball, averaging eight points and nine rebounds ... Was Player of the Month two times in basketball and served as team captain ... Named Who's Who Among High School Students ... Wendy's High School Heisman.

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Positives: Prototypical build for the position. Thick, powerful frame with even weight distribution. Thick lower body. Effective lead blocker. Provides a good initial pop and has the leg drive to clear the defender out of the hole. Shows some lateral agility to break down in space and hit the defender. Good effort downfield. Good hands out of the backfield. Intelligent player. He finished his English degree in three years, adding an education major to finish up his years while with the program.

Negatives: Bit of a one-trick pony. Lacks agility and certainly straight-line speed as a runner. Soft hands for the reception, but hasn't been used on a variety of routes and isn't going to make defenders miss in the open field.

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