S Cincinnati 6-0 206 SR #6
GRADE: 79 OVR RANK: NR POS RANK: (S) NR
ARM LENGTH: 31 7/8″ // HAND SIZE: 8 1/2″
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Projection: Could develop into a good contributor as a nickel Safety for teams with his run support and man coverage potential. Draft Projection: Day 3 ~ GrindingTheMocks.com
Ravens Fit: A versatile safety who has shown the ability to play multiple roles is always intriguing to the Ravens. Cook has shown that he can cover Tight Ends, competing with even the very best TEs in college in man coverage and that he is a willing, and physical run defender. He has good ball skills and could thrive in an NFL defense where he isn’t asked to play often as a true post Safety. His processing deficiency will likely put the Ravens off somewhat but he is a good scheme fit and his toughness and tackling technique will be what the Ravens are looking for. Would backup Chuck Clark, could play in dime packages early.
Overall Fit 4/5
Plays several different roles for the Bearcats, mostly as split safety closer to the line of scrimmage but also drops into Post Safety role at times.
Good measurable speed but only adequate processing which affects his play speed. He is slow to get off his spot when playing deep – not a true center-fielder, cannot get to balls thrown outside the numbers from this position. He doesn’t read the QB at a high level and higher-level processors can easily keep him off throws with eye discipline. He can get moving more quickly against lower level Quarterbacks who stare down their WRs and then use his closing speed and good angles to get to the ball. He could also periph WRs better when he is the single-high safety, often doesn’t identify the greatest threat. When playing deep his processing also prevents him from coming up to make plays on balls thrown over the middle on intermediate routes, however when playing closer to the line of scrimmage as a robber, he is able to identify these routes earlier and plays the ball. His pedal can be high and he takes too many steps transitioning from this to break on the football. He has reasonably good hip fluidity for the position and he can open his hips but there is some tightness.
He is not a natural cover guy in terms of technique. In man coverage some of these transition mechanics can cause issues against better receivers. Vs lesser Wide Receivers he is able to read their hips and get ahead of the game to transition and cover in shorter spaces. Against bigger Tight Ends, he’s able to match their foot speed and stay in phase preventing them from being targeted. But against better processing Wide Receivers and the most athletic TEs with good salesmanship to their routes he can struggle to stay in phase, he competes though. He has very good ball skills, he is able to locate and track the ball in the air, he is especially good at this downfield on deep throws. He has good timing and hand placement at the catch-point to break up the pass.
Run Support and Tackling
He could read run/pass better but when he’s the eighth defender in the box he engages his gap with aggression and quickness. He will engage bigger blockers showing good physical toughness and shed using solid play strength and hand placement, to tackle the runner in his gap. He has really good run entry angles – his angles are well timed but he could come up to support the run more urgently when a little further from the line of scrimmage. As a tackler in run support in confined spaces, he will get even bigger RBs to the ground although he could be dragged for a few yards if he does go high which he is prone to do, but most of the time he’s a tough, physical, form tackler. Can whiff in the open-field when he takes too square of an angle.
Versatile Safety who can cover Tight Ends, play the run with toughness and tenacity. Processing deficiency causes challenges when playing in coverage but good when around the line of scrimmage
SR: 2 Sacks, 93 Total Tackles, 2 INTs, 7 PBUs
JR: 1 QB Hit, 25 Total Tackles, 1 PBU