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FSU’s Dalvin Cook hopes his Pro Day will help him be drafted higher

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Former FSU running back Dalvin Cook, for once, has been going in the wrong direction.

He’d like to reverse his field, if you don’t mind.

If you believe the consensus, Cook has been dropping in draft expectations since having a poor Combine last month. He hopes that his Pro Day will help establish himself as “today’s” back.

Cook, who is widely considered a first-round prospect, ran the 40-yard dash and performed numerous position drills and simulations during Florida State’s pro day event on Tuesday.

Unofficial times had Cook running between 4.40 and 4.43 seconds, short of the 4.49 time he posted during the Combine last month.

Cook hopes to show that he can be a pass-catching back.

“I feel like I came out here today, ran the routes they wanted me to run and caught every ball,” Cook said. “I’ve done everything they wanted me to do so far.

“I’m just working hard so my name can be called pretty early,” Cook said. “I got to put the work in right now, and just give everyone a good impression of Dalvin.”

Cook said he would love to join Jameis Winston with the Tampa Bay Bucs.

“Jameis is a player that I look up to as a role model,” Cook said. “To be in the backfield with him, it would be something special.”

Cook was acquitted in August 2015 after being charged with striking a woman at a Tallahassee bar.

“Look at the situation,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. “He did nothing wrong. He was actually defusing a situation. That’s him. You’re never going to have those issues with him. He’s a great guy, and I never had anything with him. … He was tremendous for us.

“He’s in tremendous shape. The things he does at the beginning of the game, he does in the fourth quarter. He takes himself to levels because of his competitive drive. It means something to him.

“We knew if we gave him the ball, good things were going to happen.”

Cook said he hopes to go as high in the draft as

“Every time I step on the field, I feel like I’m the best player,” Cook said. “That’s just my confidence. I just feel I put the work in and put the time in to feel and think that way.”

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit [email protected]

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