Dalvin Cook Arriving At One Buc Palace

April 12th, 2017

Ecstasy has filled one wing of JoeBucsFan.com world headquarters while at least half of all Bucs fans have their fingers crossed and smiles wide.

Florida State running back Dalvin Cook is coming to One Buc Palace — on an official, pre-draft visit.

That’s the word from NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport on Twitter.

@rapsheet – #FloridaSt RB Dalvin Cook is flying down to Tampa to visit the #Bucs, source said. They continue to explore options at that position.

No surprise. While the visit is one of more than 30 that will be conducted by the Bucs, it’s still an important step in the process and, well, you know, the Bucs could use a stud running back badly.

Cook will need to talk the talk. Jason Licht has said many times that draft mistakes come 90+ percent of the time when a player is wrongly evaluated from the neck up. And Licht said recently he likes the way his personnel team has progressed in the way it weeds out potential problem players.

Joe loves Cook, but Cook has had issues from the neck up in his young life. Cook will need to show Licht he’s a mature guy ready to smoothly transfer his savage, NFL-ready college game to the pros.

69 Responses to “Dalvin Cook Arriving At One Buc Palace”

  1. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    If anyone watched Showtime’s “A Season With” last year, you know that Cook is the real deal. That Jameis Winston warrior mentality runs through Cook and he’s a player dedicated to doing anything to win

    We’d be lucky to have him. I’m hoping that if he’s there at 10 we start making phone calls to move up and grab him

  2. Chris Says:

    Blake must be cringing right now

  3. Dougyballs Says:

    Nos bos. – blake in 3-2-1

  4. Destinjohnny Says:

    Doesn’t it go without saying that you need to interview and dig dig dig into backgrounds? That’s why i would hire brooks, sapp and countless others to get to know players family’s and everyone and anyone they have been in contact with. Let’s get Indians to track Indians

  5. Dougyballs Says:

    Lol chris. Beat me to it

  6. DallasBuc Says:

    Licht wants to see Nosbos meltdown more than we do. It’s the only explanation since the Bucs are clearly planning to make Mixon a Buc in 2 weeks!

  7. DB55 Says:


    I did and you’re right. His football IQ might be better than his skills on the field.

  8. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    Pfft, I’m not even slightly worried about it.

    After all, it’s probably just an Al Davis move, right Joe?

  9. Fanalyzer34 Says:

    It is almost laughable looking at all the mock drafts and seeing the D. Cook fall past the Bucs at 19…. I would be willing to bet the farm that if he is there at 19 – he will be a Buc (especially if JW lobbies for him) and he clears J Licht’s assessment above the neck. The film doesn’t lie – the young man is the real deal. Let’s just hope that the off field “concerns” are a thing of the past and he is totally committed to being a pro on and off the field….

  10. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    “Cook has had issues from the neck up in his young life.”

    *Shoulders* up. Much needed correction.

  11. Broy34 Says:

    Oh wow. Sorry Blake u might wanna sign out for the night honestly

  12. Broy34 Says:

    And nole- sit back and enjoy this. Don’t even comment just read and enjoy

  13. ptwalk Says:

    If we get Cook, it’s over.

  14. MadMax Says:

    Id rather have Perine later and spend that first on a WR or DE or Safety…but I wont be disappointed with Cook at all if he’s our choice. Long as it isnt mixon!!

  15. DallasBuc Says:

    Nosbos is busy right now doing his best impression of a human jock strap for a certain athlete visiting One Buc tonight.
    I don’t see how they are going to conduct a physical on Cook much less break bread with the young man with nosbos tucking Cook’s balls behind his tonsils. I just don’t see it.

  16. Rrsrq Says:

    In that order, this will probably change tomorrow

  17. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    @Broy34 I won’t be going anywhere bud.

  18. bucs_365 Says:

    The trade up calls are idiotic, especially since most reports lately have Cook lasting until our pick… Yeah, but let’s just burn some extra picks for no good reason!

  19. SB Says:

    There is not enough space in the room for Nos’ wood right now.😁

  20. DislocatedBucsFan Says:

    Haha, now it’d be priceless to see us not draft Mixon nor Cook. There would be pandemonium on this site. Only time will tell.

  21. Billy Buc N Brazil Says:

    Pass unless we trade back into the early part of round 2!! Let’s roll with Dougie on a renegotiated one year prove it deal with Charles Sims and company backing up. Draft Cory Davis and Evan Ingram or OJ Howard and Curtis Samuel!! Can you say Weapons for Winston!!!!?? Lethal offense!! Go Bucs!!

  22. unbelievable Says:


    So meeting with Joe Mixon is a smokescreen but with Cook it means we drafting him?

  23. macabee Says:

    Davin Cook has had or have scheduled visits with 7 teams including the Bucs. Between now and the draft, there are likely to be 1 or 2 more (Colts, Ravens). As of now, 6 of them pick before the Bucs. Gonna have to get really lucky to get this guy without having to trade up. However this drama unfolds, may the force be with us. Go Bucs!

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  24. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Imma keep on saying it yall……………….

    Cook will not be drafted by the Bucs in the first round

  25. Pa Privateer Says:

    My opinion: I think Cook slides a little more

    @19 = DE Barnett or TE Njoku

    Trade back – SS Melifonwu or RB Cook

    I like Cook but we can get better RB value in Rounds 2-4. Happy to get Cook but not my first choice in first round.

  26. tdtb2015 Says:

    He’ll be long gone by the time we pick. I wish him the best. I really don’t think the Panthers will let him get pass their #8 pick. If they do, the Browns will get him at #12.

    In Licht I trust!!!

  27. USFBUC Says:

    Alright finally an official meeting with the guy.

  28. NFLNut Says:

    I’d be thrilled with any of the following at #19:

    Dalvin Cook
    OJ Howard

    I’d be very happy with any of the following at #19:

    Corey Davis
    Mike Williams
    Derek Barnett

    I’d be happy with any of the following at #19:

    David Njoku
    Garrett Bolles
    Christian MacCaffery
    Joe Mixon
    John Ross

    I’d be slightly disappointed with any of the following at #19:

    Any CB other than Lattimore
    Any S other than Adams or Hooker
    Any LB at all

  29. Ocala Says:

    Come on down Dalvin!

  30. Abdominal Snowman Says:

    With the 10th pick in the 2017 nfl draft the buccaneers trade up to select… Kicker Zane Gonzalez, Arizona state.

  31. Lunchbox Says:

    If Cook is there when we pick at 19, take him. Don’t trade up for him, grab him at 19 if he’s there…unless Corey Davis is there or close to 19 (which I don’t think he will be). IMHO Davis is the only player I’d trade up to get, even with our two starting WR spots locked down. At that point, we should be running 3 WR sets every down, and when/if DJax get’s injured, there’s your depth. I know it’s unlikely to happen, but a guy can dream.

    P.S. For those who have said that Koetter runs more 2 TE sets than 3 WR sets, look at who he’s had to work with. I guarantee he’d run more 3 WR sets if he had the proper personnel.

  32. Eric Says:

    But but but the bucs weren’t going to bring him in, and that meant they were not drafting him.

    I’m sure I read that somewhere.

  33. gotbbucs Says:

    Well….that’s it, case closed. They finally brought him in for a visit. It appears all those in favor of this move were right.
    Bucs have the #1 pick right? Oh, they don’t and this isn’t a foregone conclusion yet? Poop, I just assumed that since 1000+ voted yes that they didn’t need to go through the formalities of letting the 18 teams ahead of the Bucs make picks first.

    Does anybody but me realize how asinine this is to focus this much energy on one player when the Bucs don’t pick until #19? Cook is being talked up like some God among mere mortals and there’s a chance that he is going to make it to pick #19? As hard as this guys knob is getting slobbed over every day on this site, how in the world is he not the #1 consensus RB in this draft by every expert out there?

    Or could it be that it’s a bunch of Florida boys not being able to see past the state line when it comes to college football?

  34. Eric Says:

    That was hilarious SB.

  35. Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Stop talking Corey Davis, too exciting! I could see him or Mike Williams slipping a little due to lack of elite speed, sort of like laquan Treadwell last year who was regarded as the best wr during most all of the pre draft process. Yet 3 wr went before him. I was on the John Ross hype train for a while but injuries scare the heck out of me with him. He basically pulled his hammy running that 40 and has an injury history.

  36. Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Dallas with the best jbf comment I’ve seen in a long time. Kudos sir.

  37. NFLNut Says:

    You like Cook? You could invest in him for only $1k:


    Honestly the above is a crazy price imho but it’s a cool card of a future Buccaneer … maybe.

  38. Dewey Selmon Says:

    I had to scroll back to read Dallas’s comment, it was worth it. lol

  39. richardtyson Says:

    Hopefully for TSA’s sake Cook is not flying United. He had 22 bench press reps at the combine.

  40. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    gotbucs, we went over this yesterday. Nole already enlightened us about the draft rigging that goes on but that no one has any evidence for. Goodell came down from up on high to warn all teams ahead of us not to draft Cook, but those teams will never tell anyone about it. That would break the code. It’s like you don’t believe him or something. Sheesh! LOL!😜

  41. NFLNut Says:

    I really think Cook will be on the board at #19 … Jags, Panthers, Colts and Eagles seem to be the four teams ahead of Tampa that could use a RB and I see the Jags taking Fournette but the Panthers just gave an extension to Stewart and I doubt they think DC is worth the #8 pick … I think the Colts NEED OLD/DL hogs more than a RB so I think they pass which leaves ONLY the Eagles … and I think they would prefer Christian Mac over Cook …

  42. BigHogHaynes Says:

    Joe: not a word about the specific criminal activity of this young man ! Oh the Hipacarcy!!

  43. Eric Says:

    gotbucs, you hit that one out the park!! I agree with everything you said 100%. I really don’t understand this ridiculous obsession with this guy. Mr. 9th percentile would cement us having the 4th best RB in the South.Not to mention the least athletic on our own squad.

  44. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Yea Joe if your gonna throw out that Cook has off field troubles at least do some research. I’ll take Jimbo Fishers word over Joebucs on this any day.

  45. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Gotbbucs, the draft “experts” aren’t actually experts. Their just talking heads on ESPN and nfl.com who aren’t good enough to have a scouting job in the NFL. The real experts are the ones in the front office making the decisions.

  46. Eric Says:

    4th worst RB at the combine…3 shoulder surgeries …….woman beater…………..slooow……
    animal abuser………fumbler……on par with OT Garrett Boles times in 3 cone drill and a couple others drills

  47. DrRJP Says:

    I wish that sports writers, analysts and scouts would stop parroting this meme about Cook having character issues and concerns about his injuries.

    First of all, he has grown up and kept his nose clean for the past 22 months. It’s ridiculous to bring up what he did in high school We all did stupid things in high school. So, there won’t be any more issues with Cook – unlike current NFL star, Zeke Elliott, who grabbed a girl’s blouse in public and pulled it up exposing her breasts.

    Next, he was given a clean bill of health by the docs at the combine. Cook played in all 13 games last year and gained more yards after contact than any other RB in the nation (as well has breaking 99 tackles) despite having a recurring hamstring injury and an ankle injury. The shoulder surgery slowed him down in the first three games but once he warmed it up, he went on a tear.

    Meanwhile, how come nobody is talking about Fournette’s ankle injury that kept him out of five games (six if you include the bowl game). He basically wore himself out after the Ole Miss game on 10/22 when he ran for 284 yards and then averaged 58 yards per carry for the last three games.

    Cook torched some of the best defenses in college football whether it was running wide, between the tackles or catching passes. Put in the right system he can be the next Zeke Elliott (who has some real character issues of late).

  48. NFLNut Says:

    Eric … Cook DOMINATED in college … he is far better than Mark Ingram, old man Stewart in Carolina and Freeman in Atlanta … he would easily be the best back in the NFC South.

    Your 9 percent thing is silly … have you even considered he may have tanked his workouts so he slips to a better team? It’s been said to happen many times.

    Also, he’s far from “slow” … he’s faster than Fournette in the 40 and is said to have hit the fastest speed of any of the big 4 RB’s during the season at over 23 mph! He’s also far stronger than the other top 3 RB’s … and is a much,. much, much better receiver than Fournette and maybe all but Mac and Mixon.

    Come on man, your bias against this kid seems silly.

  49. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Dalvin is 5x the prospect Freeman was at Florida State, it’s not even close.

  50. Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Asked my gator alum client today what he thought about Cook and he hates the holes. He said he is a stud and we would be crazy to pass on him. Tbh I was on the bandwagon before the 9 percent thing, and even told some people I bet he tanked to play with Jameis. I guess I am victim of letting the smoke get to me but another thing is I really like the value of Foreman or Perine later on, and don’t like drafting a rb first round. Also if he is really that good I just don’t see him making it to 19 and if he does it makes me wonder why.

  51. Eric Says:

    If he dominated and was so great then why is he pretty much the consensus #3 by people who get paid to evaluate ALL the running backs and actually be objective and not biased. Ingram was a much better prospect in every way, Carolina will be drafting a rb ahead of us and Atlanta also has Tevin Coleman. As for Freeman, he is a proven NFL back. Who gives a crap what a player did in college, he wasn’t expected to do much which is why he was chosen in the 4th. Some people come out of nowhere especially running backs which is why you wait unless their is a blue chip player which he defintely is not. To the people who say trade up please put up the crack pipe… that would be worse than trading the last Seminole bust. Oh yeah the last can’t miss Nole who everyone said was the best college kicker blah blah blah…..mic drop!

  52. Eric Says:

    Tanked to be on a better team, rofl
    Tanked to play with Jameis is even more stupid. Are you people for real or bots? Yeah I’m sure he would take millions less to play with Jameis. I guess a good percentage of our fan base is retarted for real.smh

  53. NFLNut Says:

    Eric …. um, he is NOT the “consensus 3” …. I have heard most so-called “experts” say he’s either #1 or at worst #2 … some have him mocked 3rd as they think the Eagles prefer a dynamic pass-catcher like Mac, that’s all.

    I agree with you about not trading up but the rest of your recent posts have been quite ignorant and rather laughable.

    Mark Ingram was NOT the prospect that Cook is at all … Freeman and Coleman are NOT the players that Cook is … and I doubt the Panthers draft any RB ahead of Cook as Fournette will most likely be gone to the Jags or Jets so the Panthers would either be drafting Cook himself or taking a back in the later rounds like Kamara, Perine, etc.,.

    So, again … ignorance.

  54. Eric Says:

    I would say that Cook is 5x the prospect coming out of college than Arian Foster.

  55. Eric Says:

    Hmmm NFL network, you know the channel about the NFL begs to differ.

  56. Eric Says:

    Unlike you I don’t worship the ground he walks on nor do I own the crystal ball you have in your hands to forecast so many events. I look forward to seeing so many of you tools crying when the Bucs don’t draft the man of your dreams.

  57. NFLNut Says:

    Eric … you’re wrong. Some of the same guys that are “mocking” Cook 3rd actually are on the record saying they thing he is the best RB in the draft … same with QB’S … Mayock has said Kizer will be the best QB of the bunch but that he is mocking him 5th!

  58. Hodad Says:

    Joe, you sound like this is the first time Licht will be meeting Cook. He’s been scouting the kid since scouting Winston! Believe me, they’ve already talked a bunch. He knows all there is to know already.

  59. Jonzey Says:

    Cook is the missing piece for the Bucs offense. Cook don’t have a record with the law, and he is a team player. I vote for Cook being a Buc.

  60. Jeremy Says:

    This is all smoke and mirrors kids. Or maybe they are thinking s cons round

  61. redblud Says:

    I think it is clear the Bucs wanna go a different than RB in the first round. As a GM, I would never draft a first round RB, not even Ezekiel Elliot. We need safety help, receiver help and OL help, things that are more important than RB. RB come a dime a dozen. Yes, I coach football successfully at the high school level, and the last position I ever worry about is RB, on either side of the ball. If we build a good line, a good passing game, with a good QB, then anybody can play RB.

  62. Destinjohnny Says:

    He beat up those strong acc defenses. Look at all the acc defensive players being drafted

  63. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    DallasBuc= 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂!!!!!!!!!! Best laugh of the day! Though I am part of the Mixon crowd I wouldn’t be unhappy if we draft Cook but only if he falls to us. Can’t afford to move up for that.

  64. Jonzey Says:

    We just picked up a good safety in free agent and Jackson. We need a #1 running back that can take the load off of our WR’s, and Cook fit the bill.

  65. DPewter Says:

    I just feel if we draft Cook we will have a another good back who is constantly struggling with injuries.

    Samaje Perine will be the greatest value RB in the 2nd or 3rd rnd. We need power!

  66. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    Would be ok with Cook at 19. Would much rather have someone like Watt, Obi, Williams, or Davis and then draft Mixon in the 2nd. Or Perine in the 3rd

  67. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    Perine has ankle issues could be a problem in the pros. I would rather take Mixon in the 2nd or 3rd. 2 more shoulder injuries and Cooks future will be cooked, baked and roasted! Plus I can’t help believe that those shoulder injuries led to some of the fumbling probs he had before. Can’t hold on to the ball if you can’t squeeze it against your body tight enough.

  68. BigHogHaynes Says:

    If we draft Cook with the 19th pick, then we had better take MIXON with our 2nd round pick …just to cover the mistake! HE IS THAT DAMN GOOD!!

  69. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    Yo we get OJ Howard then Mixon, with Winston they can be the new Juice Crew and no I’m not talking peds type juice. Nos should know who I’m talkin bout.