KC Chiefs: Mid-round running backs who make sense in 2022 NFL Draft

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 31: James Cook #4 of the Georgia Bulldogs carries the ball in the second quarter of the game against the Michigan Wolverines in the Capital One Orange Bowl for the College Football Playoff semifinal game at Hard Rock Stadium on December 31, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 31: James Cook #4 of the Georgia Bulldogs carries the ball in the second quarter of the game against the Michigan Wolverines in the Capital One Orange Bowl for the College Football Playoff semifinal game at Hard Rock Stadium on December 31, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 30: James Cook #4 of the Georgia Bulldogs runs for yardage during a game against the Florida Gators at TIAA Bank Field on October 30, 2021 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 30: James Cook #4 of the Georgia Bulldogs runs for yardage during a game against the Florida Gators at TIAA Bank Field on October 30, 2021 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /

James Cook

If there is a running back that seems tailor-made to be a weapon in Andy Reid’s offense this year it is Georgia’s James Cook. While Cook doesn’t have the upside of being an every-down feature back, his big-play upside and ability to be a weapon in the passing game from various spots all over the field make him a logical target for the Chiefs. Dalvin Cook’s younger brother doesn’t have the physical stature to hold up to the same heavy workload, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t be a dangerous weapon at the NFL level.

This quote from Lance Zierlein’s NFL.com scouting report gives a good description of Cook’s skill set:

"His slashing style fits with outside zone and toss plays. He can also be used as a mismatch option as a pass-catcher. Cook has big-play ability but is unlikely to see his carry count get very high."

I can see Cook being a younger and less injury-prone version of Jerick McKinnon early on in his career, but as he learns the playbook better I can see him being an even bigger part of the passing attack. The Chiefs could easily line up a more powerful back like Ronald Jones in the backfield and then line up Cook as a receiver on some downs. As KC looks to replace Tyreek Hill’s production by committee a weapon like Cook could be very useful. Check out a couple of his big plays in the clip in the tweet below including a couple where he lines up as an outside receiver.

https://twitter.com/TobyGrundy_/status/1509120971734757382

If you like the looks of that you can check out the KC Sports Network’s excellent highlight package HERE and dream about all the ways Andy Reid could use a weapon like that.

Next up is a back who might make a lot of sense for the Chiefs in the 4th round.