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Prospect Profiles: CB Chris Cook (UVA)




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6’2 212 pounds. 9.25 inch hands.

11′ Broad Jump (Best Jump of all combine Participants, not just Cornerbacks. All positions)

4.46 40. Second best 40 time for all cornerbacks.


Career: 143 tackles, 1 FF, 7 INT.

2009: 40 tackles, 4 INT, 1 touchdown

Big Games:

vs William and Mary 5 tackles, 1 INT

@ North Carolina 4 tackles, 1 INT

vs Virgina Tech  tackles 1 INT

vs Boston College 5 tackles, 1 INT, 1 Touchdown.


Chris Cook wasn’t as productive as say Earl Thomas, was but he  was still more than productive enough considering he was also battling a groin injury.

Scouting Reports


Cook has the size, speed and experience to surprise in the NFL. Injuries and academics proved to be his downfall at Virginia.An immediate impact defender, Cook played in the first five games of his career — he earned a start against Boston College in week five — before a broken leg put him on the shelf for the rest of the 2005 season.He came back strong to start 11 of 12 games in 2006, leading the UVA secondary with 58 stops. The injury bug hit him again in 2007, however, as he missed three games with a sprained knee. Academics became a problem, too. He was suspended for the Gator Bowl and missed the entire 2008 season. Having to earn back his starting spot, Cook enjoyed a strong senior campaign, posting a career high 10 pass breakups and four interceptions in ’09.Cook’s strong senior season and solid week of practice at the Senior Bowl made him relevant with scouts again. His long frame and quick hands make him an intriguing option for teams using press coverage. His size and range make him a potential candidate to convert to safety, though he’s been too inconsistent as an open-field tackler to believe that will be a seamless transition

Cook has excellent size and strength for the position. He lacks great burst and pure speed to play out on an island in man coverage but is versatile enough to be effective as a rolled up defender or move inside to the safety position. Cook uses his hands well to re-route receivers off the line of scrimmage. He doesn’t have the lateral agility and quickness to stay in a top receiver’s hip pocket and he may be a liability in some schemes. Cook is a solid run support defender and an active player versus both the run and pass. Cook has great instincts and feel for route progression to make plays on the ball. His size, toughness and versatility makes him a valued commodity in this year’s draft.

Cook has outstanding height, good bulk and terrific overall size for a defensive back. Is a durable player. Exhibits the toughness needed to be physical in press coverage and run support. Very competitive defender. Has the versatility to play as a cover-2 corner or safety. Shows good instincts when playing zone coverage. Has been productive in college. Cook only possesses average speed and probably isn’t suited to play on an island. Does not have the necessary lateral quickness to shadow sharp route runners at the next level and likely won’t be overly effective in man-heavy coverage schemes


  • CB/S tweener
  • Moves well for a big corner
  • Tremendous size for a corner (and adequeate for a safety)
  • Good coverage awareness and instincts
  • Good burst and acceleration (38″ vertical, 11′ broad jump)
  • Showed good long speed for a tall corner at the combine (4.43)
  • Would fit best in a zone oriented scheme as a corner
  • Three year starter


  • A little tight in the hips and struggles at times to change direction
  • Despite his size he is not great in run support
  • Man coverage skills are more average than good
  • Needs to improve as a tackler esp. if he moves to safety
  • Academically ineligible as a junior
  • Only 7 bench reps at the combine


National Football Post

NFP Grade: 6.3

Scouting Report:
Chris Cook: No. 2, CB, 6-2, 210

Cook is a big, well-built corner who possesses impressive straight-line speed for a guy his size. However, he lacks ideal footwork and body control out of his back-pedal and has a tendency to open up his hips too quickly in off-coverage. He struggles to keep his feet under him when asked to break down in space. He lacks the ability to cleanly change directions and looks heavy-footed when trying to close on the ball. Doesn’t consistently trust his backpedal or ability to flip his hips when asked to turn and run down the field. Gives up a lot of cushion underneath and simply doesn’t have the change of direction skills to play in off-man coverage. However, he is very physical and does a good job using his length to get into the frames of opposing receivers and press off the line. Once he gets his hands on you he can control at the point of attack, maintain balance in coverage and is tough to separate from. Possesses a good first step for his size and also looks comfortable when asked to sit on routes in a cover two look and has the range to break on the football. Is a good tackle for the position and should also get some interest as a free safety prospect. Overall, Cook possesses a good feel in zone coverage and has the size/speed numbers to warrant consideration as a press corner, cover two corner or free safety.

Big Board Rankings 43

ESPN Scouts INC 7th best rated CB

Draft Board 92nd

Where the Mocks Have Him Falling 3rd round Arizona Cardinals Round two pick # 62 Arizona Cardinals Round 2 pick #57 Baltimore Ravens Round 3 pick #83 Pittsburgh Steelers

Bartolis Summary and Final Verdict

Chris Cook is everything you’d look for in an N.F.L. cornerback. he has great size, he has very good speed, he’s very athletic and he has pretty good ball skills.

But there is one thing naggina about Chris Cook and this sums up his draft position:

Intangibles: Twice suspended for academics while at Virginia, missing the 2008 Gator Bowl at the end of the 2007 season and the entire 2008 season. Considered leaving early for the NFL draft, but instead returned and emerged as a team leader in 2009. Voted a team captain in ’09

And there it is. Very good N.F.L. body and football ability, questionable at best intangibles. Twice suspended for acadmic problems. He’s either not very bright, or doesn’t take education seriously.

He did come back and was voted a team captain.

So the question is…did he really mature?

Final Verdict

Chris Cook is the kind of Cornerback the Giants like. Big cornerbacks who are versatile. Terrell Thomas was CB/S, Aaron Ross is a CB/S, Corey Webster is six feet tall.

The Giants like these kind of players. Players coming from big time schools who have some versatility in the secondary.

Cook has excellent upside and his draft range depends on how well he interviewed at the combine and how well his coaches and him can explain why he had problems in school.

The leagues WR are getting bigger for the most part, if you can find a Cornerback who is 6’2 but can run faster than most Wide recievers you have the potential for a very good player.

The last two players I can think of with his size and speed combination went early in the first round (Dominque Roders Cromartie and Antonio Cromartie) both have been inconsistent players who have shown flashes of absolute brilliance and dominatoin and both have struggled based on some schemes.

I think Cook could be a similiar player and if the Giants came out of round three with Chris Cook I’d be happy.

Round three is a great round to take a chance on players who have first round abilities, but lack something (in his case intangibles and some injury problems)

But in this day and age I think he’s vaulted himself into the second round (perhaps even the early part of the second round or it’s possible he would sneak into the end of the first round, but I doubt it.)

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3 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: CB Chris Cook (UVA)”

  1. Gmen says:

    Can u do a profile on Ben Tate and Myron Rolle

  2. Jason C. says:

    Gmen, they did Rolle, check the 9th name on the list, I don’t see Tate though.

  3. Gmen says:

    o sorry i didnt mean rolle i meant Myron Lewis

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