FSU star tailback Dalvin Cook is leaving school. The Seminole has declared for the 2017 NFL Draft.
A tremendous Florida State career came to an end Friday night in the Orange Bowl.
Star Seminole Dalvin Cook announced on Saturday that he’s leaving school early and making himself eligible for the 2017 NFL Draft.
The junior is ranked as one of the nation’s top running back draft prospects in the eyes of many draft pundits after tallying 4,464 rushing yards and 46 touchdowns in three seasons at FSU. He ended his college career as the Orange Bowl MVP after recording 207 total yards in a 33-32 victory over Michigan on Friday night.
“Last night was the best game of my life. Unbelievable,” Cook said on Saturday in a live video that was streamed on Instagram. “These last three years at Florida State was the best three years of my life, man. After much consideration, I just want to tell everybody I will be taking my talents to the 2017 NFL draft.”
This past season, Cook broke his own school single-season rushing record with 1,765 yards and 19 touchdowns, averaging 6.1 yards per carry. LSU’s Leonard Fournette is the only running back that is expected to be drafted ahead of Cook, who is an accomplished receiver out of the backfield as well as a threat on the ground. He finished third among Seminole receivers during the regular season with 30 catches.
Cook is the only player in ACC history to finish with more than 4,000 rushing yards in three seasons.
With Cook departing, sophomore Jacques Patrick will be FSU’s leading returning rusher for 2017. Patrick had 61 carries for 350 yards and four scores in 2016. The Seminoles also have a commitment from running back Cam Akers for 2017. He is one of the top overall players in the 2017 class.