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2017 NFL Mock Draft: Mel Kiper gives the Redskins a RB in the first round

FSU’s Dalvin Cook is the pick at #17 for the Redskins

NCAA Football: Florida State at Syracuse Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Mel Kiper, Jr. is back with another IN$IDER mock draft, and has given the Redskins a new player to be happy/mad about. In his first mock, Kiper gave Ohio State safety Malik Hooker to Washington. In Mock 2.0, Kiper has Hooker moving up to #7 and going to the Chargers. This time around the Redskins newest 1st round pick will be FSU RB Dalvin Cook. In Mock 2.0, Cook went to the Browns at #12.

Do the Redskins need a RB in the draft, and more importantly should they use their top pick to get one? They had 4 RBs on the roster for the majority of the season, adding Mack Brown to the 53-man roster in late October. Matt Jones started out as the team’s starter, but fell out of favor due to critical fumbles and decision making issues. Fat Rob Kelley, an undrafted free agent, took over his spot with Chris Thompson getting playing time as well. Brown was used on special teams, while Jones, was a cheerleader on the sidelines for the remainder of the season.

Robert Kelley ended the season with 704 yards on 168 carries(4.2 ypc) with 6 rushing TDs and no fumbles in 9 starts. Jones’ 2016 season had 460 yards rushing on 99 carries(4.6 ypc) with 3 rushing TDs and 3 fumbles(2 lost) in 7 starts. Thompson had 356 yards on 68 carries(5.2 ypc) with 3 rushing TDs, and also had 349 yards and 2 TDs receiving.

Kiper’s Pick:

17. Washington Redskins, 8-7-1

Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State*

At what point do you forget about what's conventional and just take the best football player, period? That's a question that could come into play with Cook, whom some teams will have graded as right next to on par with Leonard Fournette. The Redskins like Rob Kelley, but they don't have a home-run hitter like Cook, who could help take some pressure off Kirk Cousins, assuming he's back

Dalvin Cook is considered a top RB prospect in this year’s draft. Mike Mayock has him as the top RB in his first positional rankings for the 2017 Draft. Cook had over 2200 yards from scrimmage last season, and 2015 TD total in rushing(19) and receiving(1). Cook received first-team All-ACC and first-team All-American honors. But is he right for the Redskins?

From his NFL.com Draft profile:

SOURCES TELL US

"Fumbles and arrests are a bad combination. He's got a lot of ability but he's got on the field problems with ball security and multiple arrests off of it. You have to decide if he will be responsible with more money and more time on his hands. If you have any doubts, just wait around for another running back because there will be plenty this year." - NFC executive

NFL COMPARISON

Edgerrin James

BOTTOM LINE

Very talented runner with outstanding balance, footwork and burst. Cook lacks the power that you may find with some running backs in this year's draft, but he is a homerun hitter with a resume featuring monster games against his most highly regarded opponents. Cook creates for himself with elusiveness and speed, but his value could be diminished by injuries, character and issues in pass protection. If everything checks out, he could become a rookie of the year candidate right away.

Dalvin Cook Highlights: