When the 2022 NFL Draft process gets started, Georgia RB James Cook will be a favorite among NFL evaluators.
Every draft process has those guys who rise through the all-star circuit, testing, and visits and become favorites with NFL personnel around the league. The 2022 NFL Draft will be no different, and one of those guys could be a running back who rises in a deep class. That RB is Georgia Bulldogs standout James Cook.
Cook has been in an elite rotation with guys like Zamir White and Kenny McIntosh that have been dominant all season long. Cook, though, stands out immediately when he’s on the field. After three years of under 50 carries, Cook had 101 carries in the regular season and made the most of them. He averaged 6.1 yards per tote and scored seven touchdowns on the ground. Cook is lightning quick changing direction and has impressive burst to reach the second level of a defense quickly. He’s a home run hitter as well who can create on his own in space with a great toolbox of lateral moves.
Where Cook is really dangerous is as a pass catcher. When he gets 1-on-1 coverage out of the backfield against linebackers, it’s over before the play starts. Cook is lethal on texas (angle) routes and has great hands. There’s a chance he could get some looks as a slot receiver and it would make a ton of sense.
James Cook made some serious noise in the playoff semifinal against Michigan, rushing six times for 32 yards. He did his damage through the air though, catching three passes for a whopping 99 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown reception late in the game. His traits are perfect for today’s NFL and he will impact the passing game from day one. Cook will likely light up the Senior Bowl and become a darling in the 2022 NFL Draft. Bet on it.