In an interview with The MMQB, Cook’s grandmother, Betty Cook (AKA Miss Betty), also says the Eagles are very interested in her grandson. She specifically notes Cook has drawn the interest of Eagles running back coach Duce Staley.
Where Cook goes in the draft is anyone’s guess. Miss Betty believes the Eagles are very interested—they were the only team to reach out to her personally. Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley called her to talk about Dalvin’s character. “He was just telling me how much he wants Dalvin,” the proud grandmother beams. “He said ‘But I don’t think he’ll be there with the 14th pick, Miss Betty.’”
The Cook family sure isn’t wrong; the Eagles have shown a lot of interest in the 2017 NFL Draft running back prospect. Philadelphia met with him at the NFL Combine, hosted him on a pre-draft visit, attended his pro day, and worked him out privately. Our friends at Tomahawk Nation noted that Cook and his family (including Miss Betty) attended the workout as well.
I don’t doubt that the Eagles like Cook. Philadelphia obviously has a big need at running back, too, so he could be a nice addition for them.
But will they take him at No. 14? I don’t think it’s likely he becomes the first first-round rusher the Eagles have taken in nearly 31 years. For as talented as Cook is, he does come with some red flags. There have some been off-field concerns in addition to his poor Combine performance and a high fumbling rate.
I think the Eagles would love to take Cook at pick No. 43, or trade up into the late first/early second round. I’m not so sure he’ll last that long, though.