A few weeks back speculation started to build that the Redskins might select Christian McCaffery with the 17th pick, but this past week, another running back visited Ashburn.
Family pic.twitter.com/zVp00kqrQq— DeMarcus Walker (@livinglegend_44) April 11, 2017
In the picture, besides Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins, are two other Florida State products in DeMarcus Walker and Dalvin Cook. With good size and an impressive sack record in Tallahasse, Walker could help Washington on the second day of the draft.
Cook, however, is the name Redskins fans want to discuss.
Coming into the 2017 Draft, Cook was widely considered the second-best runner available behind LSU's Leonard Fournette. For some, Cook might be a better NFL prospect even, more adept at catching the ball out of the backfield and more slippery, opposed to Fournette's bruising, straight-ahead ability.
That was until the NFL Combine, where Cook's drill numbers didn't impress. Projections had him falling towards the end of the first round, and McCaffery moving up into the second RB spot.
The truth is, until the draft, there is no truth. Projections are just guesses, and once the first surprise hits in late April in Philadelphia, there is no telling what will happen after. Some mock drafts now have Fournette the third RB off the board, with both McCaffery and Cook going before him.
Cook's visit to Ashburn presents one truth: On some level, the Redskins are interested in the Seminole playmaker. And they should be. In three years at Florida State, Cook accounted for 48 touchdowns and nearly 5,400 yards from scrimmage.
Speaking with CSN in Phoenix, Washington coach Jay Gruden said that the Redskins were absolutely interested in both Cook and McCaffery at 17, though the coach added the team is interested in defensive players in that spot as well (watch the video above).
The best thing for Redskins fans trying to figure out that 17th pick over the next two weeks: Believe nothing. Consider this tweet from widely known and respected NFL agent Leigh Steinberg.
If an NFL GM faced St. Peter at the pearly gates and said his biggest sin was lying to the public pre-draft, he would be given absolution!— Leigh Steinberg (@leighsteinberg) April 13, 2017