Sep 2, 2011; East Lansing, MI, USA; Youngstown State Penguins running back Jamaine Cook (35) breaks the tackle of Michigan State Spartans cornerback Johnny Adams (5) during the game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs Attend YSU Pro Day, Check Out Sleeper RB

The Kansas City Chiefs quietly checked out the pro day at Youngstown State University in Ohio on March 5th.

From NFL Draft Scout:

A group of 12 NFL scouts turned out to watch former Penguins OG Lamar Mady, TE Will Shaw, RB Jamaine Cook, C Mark Pratt and DT Aronde Stanton go through various drills on Tuesday afternoon in the WATTS at the program’s annual Pro Day. Teams represented were the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaquars and New York Giants were in attendance. After the scouts took the players’ measurements, the drills began.
Shaw had 24 reps on the bench press while Cook, Stanton and Pratt each had 23. Mady did not bench, but had a 35 at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis two weeks ago. Cook had an impressive vertical jump at 40.5 inches. Shaw and Stanton each had leaps of 34.5 inches, Mady reached 26 inches while Pratt had 25.5 inches.

In the broad jump, Cook had a leap of 10 feet, 3 inches; Shaw checked in 10 feet, 2 inches; Stanton posted a jump of 8 feet, 10 inches and Pratt had a distance of eight feet.

It’s tough keeping track of all the visits the KC scouts make various schools around the country but we do our best. I discovered the Chiefs were in attendance at YSU while doing some research on a sleeper running back by the name of Jamaine Cook.

Cook disappointed at the pro day when he ran a 4.78 40-time but as Bo Marchionte of College2Pros points out, Cook struggled with a couple of false starts and nerves may have effected his time.

Cook finished his 43-game career with 4,052 yards on 811 carries and scored 39 touchdowns. The Cleveland, OH native ranked second in school history in career rushing yards after becoming just the second player to eclipse the 4,000-yard barrier. In this three seasons as the team’s starter, he averaged 116 yards as a sophomore, 126 yards as a junior and 116.3 as a senior. Cook also set the Penguins school record for career all-purpose yardage with 5,220, averaging 121.4 yards per game during his career. Cook earned to first and second team MVFC honors during his time at YSU. During his Pro Day at YSU, Cook ran a disappointing forty time 4.78. In Cook’s defense, he was called back to start after false starts and likely frustration and nerves set in to get off the stance and not hear the whistle.

Cook redeemed himself today, however, when he ran a 4.59 40 at the Cleveland Browns’ local pro day.

Cook’s performance in Cleveland could get him back in the draft mix as a late-round pick.

Here is a pretty solid highlight video of Cook. Check out the move he makes around 1:23. That is some Jamaal Charles-like balance.

Here is a video of Cook throwing a TD pass to help the Penguins beat Pitt.

What do you think, Addicts? Would you want the Chiefs to snag a back like Cook in, say, the seventh round?

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  • Justin R Groth

    In the seventhround why not?

    • Derek

      agreed perfectly because I was at a loss of who to pick in teh 7th so this helps eithe rhim or juczyk the harvard FB looks good too for late-late rounding

  • Arrowhead Magic

    As a seventh rounder? For sure, he could be a nice power back to pair with Jamaal.
    Also heckuva a block at 742

    • Darkwolf1414

      Yeah, I didn’t watch the whole highlight reel but I checked out the block you were talking about. That takes some good vision and instinct to see than free blitzer and go all the way across the formation to block him.

  • ladner morse

    I wonder how many runs of ten yards or longer Cook had in his career? His jump cut in the middle of a run is comparable to the best RBs out there… no matter what level you’re talking about. I’ll be surprised if he goes undrafted.

  • Jim Harper

    Could be an option, but I am much higher on Marcus Lattimore from South Carolina. The kid came back last year from very bad ACL tear and was having an amazing year until he got it again only worse with multiple ligaments torn, but fortunately there was no nerve damage. The famous top surgeon James Andrews did the surgury and expects him to make a complete recovery much like AP did. He has declared and will no doubt be drafted in the 3 to 4th round, and somebody it going to get on helluva a running back, and I think he would be the perfect stable mate for Charles.

    • Patrick Allen

      Yeah Andrews is “the” NFL surgeon. You can pretty much guarantee if he was involved that the guy will bounce back.

  • Patrick Allen

    The other thing I like about this kid was that he was consistent. YSU plays in DII but even when they played against some tougher competition he still usually kept his average above 4.0 ypc.

  • krayfish

    I don’t know enough to make a definitive call one way or the other off a few minutes of tape, but I know that we had better be addressing the RB position pronto like. RB’s don’t typically have real long careers and Jamaal has already had the kiss of injury so we need to be thinking ahead there.

    I also really hope that Andy Reid utilizes Jamaal a lot this season and going forward. He has way too underused in my opinion. I kind of want Marcus Lattimore myself…I love that “you’ll see” attitude he has. He’s a tough guy and I like that.

  • Roger Mihalko

    sounds like a decent development pick in the last rounds, or a UFA signing.