4. Dalvin Cook, RB
- Yards per Target: 7.36 yards
- Percentage of Touchdowns to Target: 1.79 percent
- Percentage of First Downs to Target: 36.61 percent
Dalvin Cook has been in a contractual holdout with the Vikings for a few weeks. Cook invariably has a checkered injury history, and the conventional theory is that Vikings brass is standoffish about allocating him a colossal chunk of guaranteed money.
Aside from holding the acronym ‘RB’ next to his name, Cook also acts as a wide receiver inside the offensive huddle. He accrued 519 receiving yards in 2019, which was sixth-most of all running backs in the NFL. Cook’s skill-set is one of a handsy pass-catcher, receiver-like slashing ability, and of course, optimal speed. In a pinch, he could line up as a wide receiver and reasonably succeed.
Cook is also a gifted playmaker. Of the top 10 rushing yard leaders in NFL last year, the 24-year-old led all nine tailbacks in gains of 15 yards or more. He is an explosive commodity.
Kirk Cousins has developed a trust with Cook that enables him to serve as a combustible checkdown valve.