NFL Draft 2017: Indianapolis Colts Will Select Dalvin Cook

NFL Draft 2017: Indianapolis Colts Will Select Dalvin Cook Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Indianapolis Colts Should Draft Dalvin Cook

March 31, 2017

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The Indianapolis Colts are a combined 16-16 the last two seasons, and that’s really disappointing when you consider they have a franchise quarterback leading the way. The Colts have a lot of holes on defense and could also use some improvement offensively, so there’s a lot of ways to go with the 15th pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

One selection you couldn’t argue with is drafting running back Dalvin Cook out of Florida State. Assuming the Colts do all of their homework and background checks on Cook, who has history of off-the-field issues, this would be a game changing pick for the franchise.

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Look at the leading rushers for the Colts ever sense Luck took over at quarterback. That list includes Vick Ballard, Donald Brown, Trent Richardson and Frank Gore. Yikes. The only player out of that bunch that played last season was Gore, and despite him beating up Father Time with iron fists, he’s going to be 34 years old in May. Even with Gore looking great for his age, the Colts finished last season ranked 23rd in the league in total rushing yards.

Luck could certainly improve his accuracy and decision making, as he’s really dipped his level of play the past couple of years, but it’s hard to thrive in this league when you have a limited running game. A successful ground attack opens up the whole field and takes pressure off the quarterback. Luck wouldn’t feel like he had to do everything and could force less throws if he could hand it off to a reliable player once in awhile.

Unlike those bulky, slow, bruising backs Luck has dealt with in the past, Cook is a speedster and a threat to score anytime he touches the football. Cook is deadly in the open field due to his ability to make defenders miss and his home run speed once he gets to the second level. Cook also has above-average hands and can a solid receiving option on the outside. And playing indoors on that fast track will just make him that much tougher to slow down.

This would also free up talented receivers Donte Moncrief and TY Hilton, as it forces more defenders in the box to deal with the explosive running game. There were times last season where Hilton had three defenders in his area because he was the only threat the defense respected. Adding Cook changes everything and opens up this entire Colts offense that was already eighth in points scored last season.

Drafting Cook would give the Colts their most explosive running back since the Edgerrin James era when Indianapolis was a lock to win the division and consistently a Super Bowl contender.

When you have one of the better quarterbacks in the league, you take advantage of it by providing him with as much talent as possible. Cook would be a player Luck hasn’t had in his career and it would help take his game to new levels.

Yes, there are question marks off-the-field as well as ball security issues and injury concerns, but from a talent and fit standpoint, this selection could help get the Colts back into the Super Bowl conversation.

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The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.