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TE, Jared Cook, South Carolina

TE, Jared Cook, South Carolina

At A Glance
Position 1: Tight End Height: 6-5
Position 2:  Weight:  246
Class:  Junior Age:  
Projected Round:  2nd  40time:  4.49
Combine/Proday Results
Bench Reps:  23 Vertical:  41
20yd Split:  2.60 Broad Jump:  10'3"
10yd Split:  1.50 20yd Shuttle:  X
3 Cone Drill:  X  

Pros:  Rare athlete. Reportedly ran a 4.37-second 40-yard dash and posted a 39.5-inch vertical leap in 2007. Long, lanky build capable of handling additional mass without a significant loss of quickness. Good burst off the line of scrimmage to challenge the seam and can throttle down, sink his hips and create separation against even athletic defenders. Flashes natural hands for the reception. Can snatch passes outside of his frame due to his long arms and big hands. Good elusiveness after the catch and can accelerate past defenders for long gains. Good burst off the snap to get to the second level. Has the lateral agility to mirror and effectively block defenders in space.

Cons:  Not necessarily the sum of his parts. Often lined up wide in the Gamecocks' offense and may struggle to acclimate to a more pro-style offense. Relies on his athleticism rather than technique to get off the line of scrimmage. Tends to freelance a bit as a route-runner. Can make the spectacular catch, but is prone to lapses in concentration. Marginal effort and effectiveness as a blocker, especially in close quarters.

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From Scouting Report at Mocking the Draft:

Cook's biggest attribute is his hands. he does a nice job of routinely snatching the ball out of the air away from his body. Has the agility and flexibility to turn his body around quickly and make tough catches against balls that are thrown fast. Gets off the line quickly. For a tight end, Cook is incredibly dangerous after the catch. Rumored to have run a 4.37 40-yard dash at one point, Cook combines speed and power to get a lot of yards after the catch. Runs good routes and doesn't round off his routes. Frame is that of a top-flight tight end. While he'll need to get stronger, Cook does have long arms and large hands.

From "Ranking the NFL Draft 2009 Tes" at Buffalo Rumblings:

Possibly the single best athlete available this year at any position, but he's highly unpolished - even as a receiver - and has serious questions surrounding his desire and work ethic.  Were he to be available in the fourth round, the team might have a hard time passing on his raw potential.  But the guy simply doesn't fit the Bills' profile, and is lacking in several key categories.

From "Rumblings Scouting Report:  Jared Cook" at Buffalo Rumblings:

Cook is definitely a pass-catching TE. He has great hands and good route-running abilities. His size and athletic ability also give him an edge on the defender. He has the height and leaping ability to bring down jump balls in the end zone or to reel in slightly overthrown balls. Slower LBs can't keep up with his cuts on crossing routes, and he's capable of turning short gains into longer ones if he gets a step on a LB or slower DB. We got the ball to him on crossing routes quite a bit, but you can also go vertical with him. He's more or less a WR in a TEs body.

A couple of plays stand out as examples of his speed. Against both Ole Miss and Arkansas, he got past defensive backs and caught balls down the sideline around our own 30-40 yard line. Against Ole Miss, he was caught just short of the endzone, netting a 60 yard gain. Against Arkansas, the defensive backs couldn't catch him. Most NFL DBs will be faster than what Arkansas and Ole Miss put on the field, but you can see that he's fast.


Scouting Reports and Offsite Links:

  • Jared Cook caught 73 passes during his USC career and a few dozen more Wednesday during USC's pro timing day. But it was a catch Cook did not make that the tight end had to explain to scouts at the NFL combine last month.

    Cook, one of the highest-rated tight ends in the draft, said he was asked "20-some times" about an interception at Clemson on a Chris Smelley pass thrown behind Cook, who reached back and deflected the ball to a Tigers' defender.  [see more...]
  • Cook did not have the breakout year in 2008 that some expected, although that was very much in part due to well-documented quarterback struggles at South Carolina. The tight end still, however, enjoyed a productive season. After catching 30 balls for 421 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore, Cook hauled in 37 passes for 573 yards and three more touchdowns. He was named a First-Team All-SEC performer by the coaches and earned Second-Team All-SEC honors from the media. He was also a semifinalist for the Mackey Award (nation's top tight end).  [see more...]
  • Brother, Jason Cook, played fullback at Ole Miss and is also a 2009 NFL Draft prospect...Redshirted in 2005...Began his college career as a wide receiver...Was hampered by a foot injury in 2008 but didn't miss any action...Workout Warrior who doesn't always play up to his impressive measurables...Might still be a better athlete than football player...A wide receiver in a tight end's body...One-dimensional pass catching threat with  intriguing physical  tools and a world of potential.  [see more...]
  • Cook can really be viewed as a wide receiver trapped in a tight end’s body. He is very athletic for a tight end, with great speed and quickness. Also, as key for a pass catching tight end, he has great hands and really does a good job zoning in on the ball and catches with his hands, a general problem with tight ends coming out of college. Again, he does a great job after the catch with gaining yards, and provides some shiftiness. Also, his route running is surprisingly effective and well-refined, surprising for a college tight end.  [see more...]
  • An explosive athlete who quickly gets out of his stance and into routes. Has the speed to get down the field and consistently threaten the second level. Possesses good coordination and body control for his size and does a good job accelerating out of his breaks. Has the frame and strength to hold up at the point of attack in the run game.  [see more...]
  • And while he did not put up record shattering numbers at the South Carolina, Cook who is leaving school after his Junior year, is coming off a decent 2008 season in which he caught 37 passes for 573 yards and 3 touchdowns. His season was good enough to earn him First Team All-SEC honors in 2008. His best receiving game of the year came against Vanderbilt (during week two), when he caught 8 passes for 111 yards, while twice during the year Cook also had receptions for over 60 yards.  [see more...]