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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