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Why Dalvin Cook Is Going to Be the Next Ezekiel Elliott in 2017

Dalvin Cook #33 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball during the first quarter.

Dalvin Cook #33 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball during the first quarter. Dalvin Cook could be great for the Vikings. | Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Dalvin Cook was one of the most heralded prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Over the last three years, the 22-year-old running back rewrote the record book (in regards to rushing statistics) at Florida State University, which is one of the greatest college football programs of all time. During his three seasons in Tallahassee, Cook accumulated 4,464 rushing yards and 46 rushing touchdowns, and he caught 79 passes for 935 yards and two touchdowns.

In the weeks leading up to the draft, Cook went from being the best available running back on many boards to an eventual second-round pick (No. 41 overall) of the Minnesota Vikings. His slide mostly involved concerns around the league about whom he associates with off the field, rather than anything football-related.

During the pre-draft process, Cook promised teams that the people around him would not follow him to the NFL. If that proves to be true, the Vikings may have landed the biggest steal of the draft.