NFL Network: Cook “Rookie Of The Year”

April 3rd, 2017

Big prediction.

Lofty standard set for a stud running back by a couple of talking heads employed by the NFL’s house organ.

In a segment last week on “Total Access,” NFL Network analysts and ex-NFL players Brian Baldinger and Heath Evans were asked to pick the 2017 NFL “Rookie of the Year.”

The duo was given the choices of Myles Garrett, DeShaun Watson, Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffery. There was also a none-of-the-above option.

Baldinger didn’t blink an eye. Neither, he said.

So who? Baldinger believes it will be Dalvin Cook.

“Can I give you a name? Because you are going to have to get used to hearing it,” Baldinger asked. “Dalvin Cook at Florida State. He will be the Rookie of the Year.”

So how did Evans respond?

“I tend to agree,” Evans said with a big smile on his face.

So there you have it; the leader to be the 2017 NFL “Rookie of the Year.” And the Bucs, terribly in need of a running back, wouldn’t want him why?

56 Responses to “NFL Network: Cook “Rookie Of The Year””

  1. ndog Says:

    Come Joe don’t you know, Blake has told you he is stiff, has bad shoulders, fumbles the ball to much and wont last in the NFL. Come on Joe, silly question do you read your own comments sections? Cause if you did you would know that Blake has said this every day for the last 2 months. Oh yeah I also forgot all of his big games came against bad defenses, that is my favorite one.

  2. Buc50 Says:

    I don’t think he will fall to us but I would be very happy if he did. For those thinking we can get someone in the later rounds, impact starters are most often found in the first. Later rounds is where you find guys like Simms.

  3. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    Will gladly eat crow if i’m wrong.

  4. Defense Rules Says:

    Well, guess there’s no reason to play the 2017 NFL season now. Just ask Evans & Baldinger who’s going to win the Super Bowl.

  5. TampaBay AllDay Says:

    Its not that the bucs don’t want him, just don’t trade up to get him.

  6. TampaBay AllDay Says:

    But if Howard and him are some how still on board I’m going with howard

  7. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Sounds about right. I mean with ballas like ME and Desean on the outside he won’t be seeing many eight in the box looks. So count me inn with that prediction.

  8. Joeypoppems Says:

    Talent is there for him to do it, but if he goes to a crap situation then he has no chance. For example if he ends up with the Jets or Jags he won’t even be in the running for it.

    Heath Evans is one of my favorite analysts, Baldinger not so much. Either way them saying this means nothing to me. Zeke Elliot was the popular ROY choice last year but nobody knew the impact that Dak would have. A lot if things can change.

  9. martinii Says:

    “And the 2018 Rookie MVP will be Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma.” We really need April 27th to get here in a hurry. One of my favorite parts of the draft is When we find out who our UDFA’s are. Chances are one of them will be a stater within 3 years. It is possible that Peyton Barber could have a breakout season in 2017. Just a few things to think about for the next 24 days.

  10. Tampa Tony Says:

    Meh depends on what line he’s running behind. So much of the run game is dependent on the line and other weapons. Team with limited receiving threats and a good back tend to face heavy fronts

    Dallas is successful not only cus of their line but because of their receiving threats. Same with Bell at Pitt, if he didn’t have Brown dictating coverages the d would clog running lanes. If cool is drafted by Cleveland or another team with not a lot of weapons he won’t get the award.

    FSU fans act like this guy single handedly won them games. He’s a good player but plays a position that relies on a lot of help

  11. Wausa Says:

    I agree. Dalvin wins ROY

  12. Buc1987 Says:

    “FSU fans act like this guy single handedly won them games.”

    Well in short…..he did.

  13. gilhealy Says:

    Hell he won 4 or 5 games himself in Jameis’ last year at FSU. Kid’s great when the heat is on.

  14. Mojiska Says:

    I love cook, but i think there are about 7 or 8 guys i would rather have in the first round. Garrett, barnett, thomas, williams, davis, lattimore, howard, allen. Im also tempted to say hooker and adams, even though i always say wait for the 2nd or later for safeties, same as running backs. He is a great player, but we have other holes to fill that are much harder to fill in the later rounds.

  15. SOEbuc Says:

    “And the bucs wouldn’t want him why?”

    Hahaha, you kill me Joe. Maybe the Bucs won’t want him because I doubt Jason Licht and Dirk Koetter stay up all night together eating popcorn and watching NFL Network to find their draft picks.

  16. Kobe Faker Says:

    Kobe is on board drafting Cook at 19

    Crunched all the numbers and stats and Cook is it

    *I perfer Mccafferty but koetter scheme fits with Cook. Cook is much more of a workhorse and inside runner

    *Football speed. Forget the combines you draft geeks. Give Cook alittle crack/space he is gone. Stop and go is amazing

    *Another gear. Homerun +20 yard carries. Cook is the anti dancing martin/Sims duet. When cook sees daylight…..north straight to paydirt giving safeties and linebackers no angles to close

    *just like freeman, cook will look better in the pass catching screen game in the nfl

    *the addition of djax and cook will make our weakness…offensive line, better

  17. BushidoEvans Says:

    See Blake, I’m not cool with that. “Gladly eat crow if I’m wrong” nah buddy. There should be consequences for annoying other fans who don’t want to hear the pessimistic, stupid and just plain bitchy opinions about things that you clearly have no idea about or maybe I’m crazy…maybe people like you just want to be noticed. I don’t know you, but I’m assuming you have two eyes. I’m also assuming that you’ve seen Dalvin Cook play football and for anyone to watch this kid and come away saying anything other than he’s arguably the most spectacular RB prospect in one of the deepest RB drafts in a long time, but don’t draft him “Because I think blah blah blah” and “we can get one of the less spectacular running backs later” is simply stupid, idiotic and makes me want to bang my head against hard things…so if you’re wrong “eating crow” just won’t suffice sir…it just won’t. So how about this? If you’re wrong, you just go away, yes? That should be the rule for people like you that post here… Every time one of you spews this garbage and force us normal people to want to throw up in our mouths daily, just to go silent when you’re wrong and never speak of it again…Banishment should be the punishment. What say you Blake?

  18. SOEbuc Says:


    I really like Peyton Barber also and think he could do something if he had a chance. From statements last year I think the Bucs really like him too. It would be harder to get him more touches if we do get a RB in the first, but I’m excited to see what he does in training camp, those joint practices, and preseason.

  19. 813bucboi Says:

    Myles Garrett hands downs…..GO BUCS!!!!

  20. '74 Bucs Fan Says:

    Not that anyone cares, but here is where I am about the draft:

    CAR – please do not draft Cook!
    TB – please draft Cook if he is there!

    The rest is filler.

  21. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    @Bushido Evans you feel how you wanna feel. I’ve stated how I feel about Cook and explained my reasoning. Most principly I don’t see him staying healthy at the next level, that’s based on his surgical injury history and a gut feeling.

    And I’m not impressed by the way he got the majority on long runs to the outside on an uncontested edges. I don’t see him being successful behind our line, that’s just my opinion.

    Definitely won’t be going away though. This is my team. Been a Bucs fan for my whole life.

  22. SOEbuc Says:

    I would be excited about Cook if we got him. What I’m afraid of is how many people have us taking McCaffery. He’s a really good player and would love him for special teams and his receiving abilities but he is small and doesn’t usually go up the middle. I really don’t think that stretching it to the outside type rushing works in the NFL, defenses are too fast.

  23. Joeypoppems Says:

    Some of you guys take this too serious lmao

  24. celly Says:

    ’74 Bucs Fan Says:
    April 3rd, 2017 at 11:28 am
    Not that anyone cares, but here is where I am about the draft:

    CAR – please do not draft Cook!
    TB – please draft Cook if he is there!

    The rest is filler.

    Or Fournette.

  25. Kobe Faker Says:

    Blake good points, but unlike fournette and gurly, cook doesnt want to run into walls. All runningbacks will get dinged up.

    You cant dance in the nfl. You have to break tackles or takeoff north without hesitation

    *he was before my time and caught alittle of him live, but i see alot of tony dorsett in dalvin….koetter loves the sweeps to the outside!

  26. NJBucsFan Says:

    It is moronic to forecast ROY not knowing where players land.

  27. BushidoEvans Says:

    Blake, use your two eyes bro. To be fair I wasn’t expecting the most rational come back…looks like I may have lumped you in with the wrong JBF crowd. For that I apologize :). I was reading comments from another post and was all fired up…my point about some fans that post here still stands though. BANISHMENT!

  28. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Oh nooo Evans. Ooohh nooo. I want him around. Please believe me. Because I’m going to remind him of the nonesince he has spewed Each.And.Every.Day. Please don’t go away Blake.

  29. 813bucboi Says:

    screw cook….defense wins championships….drafting j.davis would solidify our defense as well as provide depth and an upgrade over d.smith who gave us no production…..

    starting front would be big will, GMC, baker and ayers….on 3rd down big will and baker come off the field while j.elliott and n.spence come on the field….j.davis would play every single snap….that would change our base 43 look into a nickel 34 look….something smitty wants to do….offenses wouldn’t know who’s coming or where its coming from…..GO BUCS!!!!

  30. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    We shall see. Oh yes, we shall see.

  31. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    Was Baldinger wearing porn glasses?

  32. 813bucboi Says:

    Doubt he wins it only playing 60-70 percent of the snaps as Greg Cosell suggest…I know zeke played a lot more than that….I think a defensive player wins it this year…..Myles Garrett or Derek Barnett….GO BUCS!!!

  33. OMGBUCIT Says:

    Blake is entitled to his opinion. I disagree with him, but still he can say what he likes. I am curious though, Blake, who is your college team?

  34. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    Round 1 – Obi Melifonwu or Budda Baker S
    Round 2 – Joe Mixon or D’onta Foreman RB
    Round 3 – Carlos Henderson or Juju Smith Schuster WR
    Round 4 – Trey Hendrickson or Tanoh Kpassagnon DE
    Round 5 – Michael Roberts or George Kittle TE
    Round 6 – Tarik Cohen KR/PR/RB
    Round 7 – Trevor Knight QB

  35. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    Don’t really have any allegiance to a college team. I root for all the florida teams.

  36. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Screw jarrad whatever his last name is. Should be mr.irrelevant in refrence to the Bucs.

  37. bucs_365 Says:

    What kind of jackwagon makes ROY predictions before the draft? That’s wankery of the highest order.

  38. Kobe Faker Says:

    Players dont develop in the NFL

    Never draft athletes and tweeners

    Obi Mel, David Njoku, jabrill peppers will be total busts. You need football players in the NFL not projects…You are Gambling

    NEVER EVER draft a USC reciever…. Never ever (Juju)

  39. Pickgrin Says:

    Blake_bucsfan Says:
    “I’m not impressed by the way he got the majority on long runs to the outside on an uncontested edges”

    LOL – That’s a lot of “uncontested edges”. So every other RB in College football had contested edges – but Cook’s 15+ TDs on big plays down the sideline were all uncontested edges….

    Dalvin’s ability to get the edge and make huge plays down the sideline is one of his best attributes. It had little to do with great blocking or negligent defenders and everything to do with speed, talent and a “knack” for getting outside that very few in the history of this game have possessed.

  40. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    I don’t see him being able to replicate that kind of running week in and week out in the NFL. Defender’s get paid to. And the best defenses make a concentrated effort to eliminate the edge and force running backs to make their money between the tackles.

    I think one too many solid hits landed on Dalvin by a brusier of a linebacker/ safety, or getting crushed beneath a 320 pound tackle, and we’re looking at another Cadillac. Good when healthy, but will he be healthy?

  41. TarzanTheBucsFan Says:

    Why would we spend our first round pick on jarrad davis who is only going to play 40% of the snaps. We dont need a replacement for kwon. Also i would not be mad over dalvin but would not be exited either. We need play maker and there are lots of backs that can do that.

    And joey got it eight some of you guys take this too seriously(nosbos).

  42. Pickgrin Says:

    So Blake – the bottom line is – you don’t want the Bucs to draft Cook because you are afraid he will get hurt…

    Football is a rough game – especially for running backs. But Cook has shown that he is a gamer. only missed 1 game in 3 years. Also played knicked quite a few times and pretty much excelled on the field every time there was some question about his “health”.

    FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real

  43. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    You know as well as I do what dalvin cooks surgical history is. I’m not making it up. I suppose you would be fine with us drafting John Ross as well?

  44. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Now that’s real talk. He played all of 2015 with a bad hammy. Didn’t complain to Jimbo just suited up and went out and balled each and every week.

  45. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    And here’s an acronym for you.

    POOP = People Order Our Patties

  46. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    1 game missed..

  47. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Something about those of us that seen to take it too serious. Y’all Can’t quite scroll past our comments without reading.

  48. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:


  49. Pickgrin Says:

    Blake says:
    I suppose you would be fine with us drafting John Ross as well?

    That’s a bit different in that microfracture knee surgery is serious business. But if the Bucs doctors think Ross is not “damaged goods” then yea – I could be on board with drafting the fastest player ever officially recorded at the NFL combine.

    DJax has a history of missing at least a few games a season and the thought of trying to defend against Evans, DJax, Brate and Ross out of the slot with a hopefully healthy Sims coming out of the backfield is bound to give DCs nightmares…

  50. Joeypoppems Says:

    Ross, like Cook and his shoulders, played every game last season after his knee surgery. Imo, and this goes for both Cook and Ross, it isn’t how much they got hurt in college. It is how susceptible they are to RE-injury. That should be more important.

    I don’t care how many games they played through hurt. If the injuries keep happening it won’t get any better…. obviously lol

  51. Buc1987 Says:

    McCaffery or Cook for me. Been the same for about a month now. Then add more weapons down the board. Defense or offense. Prefer O, but hey can’t always get whatcha want. Even if…

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  52. Mojiska Says:

    A runningback with shoulder surgeries is similar to a wr with knee surgeries. It is definitely worth concern. His tape is great. He has potential to be special in the nfl. Buy he has a history of injuries, and he had a combine that left me a little dissapointed. I am completely up in the air about him, definately things i love and definately things that scream “stay away”. It all depends on who else is available imo.

  53. Joeypoppems Says:


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  54. BigHogHaynes Says:

    Mixon: He’s that damn good!! I don’t see any competition! Any other Running Back is UnWorthy of a First Round Pick!!

  55. Jonzey Says:

    Name a running back in the round round that didn’t have injuries.

  56. German Buc Says:

    Sorry to say, but if he’s really a game changer he won’t be there at #19 – if he’s there at #19… – well, you all know, what 18 NFL execs think of him…