Virginia Cornerback Chris Cook

Chris Cook: No. 2, CB, 6-2, 210

Cook is a big, well-built corner who possesses impressive straight-line speed for a guy his size. However, he lacks ideal footwork and body control out of his back-pedal and has a tendency to open up his hips too quickly in off-coverage. He struggles to keep his feet under him when asked to break down in space. He lacks the ability to cleanly change directions and looks heavy-footed when trying to close on the ball. Doesn't consistently trust his backpedal or ability to flip his hips when asked to turn and run down the field. Gives up a lot of cushion underneath and simply doesn't have the change of direction skills to play in off-man coverage. However, he is very physical and does a good job using his length to get into the frames of opposing receivers and press off the line. Once he gets his hands on you he can control at the point of attack, maintain balance in coverage and is tough to separate from. Possesses a good first step for his size and also looks comfortable when asked to sit on routes in a cover two look and has the range to break on the football. Is a good tackle for the position and should also get some interest as a free safety prospect. Overall, Cook possesses a good feel in zone coverage and has the size/speed numbers to warrant consideration as a press corner, cover two corner or free safety.

Grade: 6.5

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