'Why James Cook?'
In the mold of Phillip Lindsay -- meshed with the receiving versatility of J.D. McKissic
First thing that sticks out about Cook is his between the ears skill set. Has a knack for feeling openings & having a multi-dimensional toolbox of ways to be efficient given the situation.
Has a ton of fun slide steps, micromovements to his game.
High level of cognitive pairing.
Can essentially anticipate the opening & adjust pace / length to slip through openings.
Stay tight - time it downhill.
Has good gears as an accelerator, but the internal clock is what is continually impressive with Cook.
Makes everything look effortless.
Movement toolbox & Play speed
His slighter frame actually acts and an aid here. Able to abruptly shift his mass at higher speed without decelerating.
Helps him gain a significant advantage in space.
Two very economical solutions here as a mover from Cook.
1 - bend path by the freed defender
2 - sneaks inside of the hip of the backer without decelerating
Not an extremely noteworthy play, but I enjoyed how much space he created away from the first defender which on a third down, helped move the chains.
The little things about his game are what I enjoy.
Not overly powerful, or flashed elite analytics.
Just a damn good feel for the game and as a mover.
Smooth, easy accelerator with a surprisingly solid top-end.
He’ll surprise backers at the second level and create bad angles of pursuit because of his fluidity.
Skill set as a receiver
A versatile receiver who can create ample separation at all levels against backers & safeties.
Can be split out wide, or work in the slot - similar receiving skill set to J.D McKissic.
Can run the full running back route tree with proficiency - extremely good angle route.
Shoulders and hips to sideline, breaks it off with one step to the middle.
Like the deviation towards the boundary here - shows the depth of craft he has in his routes.
Will be a big part of his game with Josh Allen & co.
Tier 1: 75.00 & over -- Gold Jacket potential
Tier 2: 65.00 - 74.99 -- All-pro ceiling
Tier 3: 55.00 - 64.99 -- Pro-bowl ceiling
Tier 4: 49.98 - 54.99 -- Average to Above-average starter
Tier 5: 44.96 - 49.97 -- High ceiling / High-risk prospect
Tier 6: 39.50 - 44.95 -- Secondary committee option
Tier 7: 39.49 & below -- Depth piece with low ceiling