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2023 NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Report: Alex Cook, S, Washington

Alex Cook as proven to be a quality veteran leader among his teammates at the University of Washington.  Hula Bowl Scout Elijah Ballew breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of Cook as an NFL Prospect in his report.
Alex Cook as proven to be a quality veteran leader among his teammates at the University of Washington.  Hula Bowl Scout Elijah Ballew breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of Cook as an NFL Prospect in his report.

Player Data

Name, Jersey #Alex Cook, #5
School (Code)WAUN
DOB, Class Yr6YR
Height, Weight6010, 199
40 Yd Dash4.60
Arms, Hands3158, 0938
Position/DepthFS1
Honors/CaptainshipTeam Captain (2022)
Season Viewed (yr)2022
Games WatchedMIST, @ CALA, @ ORUN
Scout Name / DateElijah Ballew, 3 December 2022

Per Year Stats (Most Recent First)

202212 GS, 12 GP, 77 TKL
20219 GS, 11 GP, 1 INT, 46 TKL, 2 PD
20203 GS, 4 GP, 8 TKL
201913 GP, 3 TKL
20181 GS, 12 GP, 1 REC, 26 YDS
2017N/A (REDSHIRT)

Player Summary:

Alex Cook is an experienced 6th year senior who was chosen to be a captain of the 2022 Huskies’ defense. He has good height to him, average arm and hand measurements, and is a little light for his frame. Cook takes most snaps as the weak side free safety in 2 high sets or as the lone safety in single high sets. He occasionally lines up in the box in run support or to blitz. Cook is a solid tackler who shows good technique, intent to wrap up, and is not hesitant to initiate contact with the ball carrier. He quickly breaks on the ball and shows high level intelligence in play recognition and spatial awareness. He does well as the last line of defense and puts himself in positions to assist his teammates take down the ball carrier. He takes smart angles in pursuit and shows above-average ability to turn into these angles. Cook possesses below-average line speed, but shows sufficient recovery speed on tape. He does well in zone coverage concepts, but shows a weakness when playing man-to-man closer to the line of scrimmage. His below-average lateral change of direction provides opportunities for faster receivers to get open on crossing routes. Cook shows good visual and vocal communication to both his teammates and his coaching staff on the sideline. Overall, Cook provides good leadership to his team and projects to be a day 3 draft pick.

Scheme Fit:

Cook will fit in well with any team looking for smart, versatile safety depth.

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Power Statement:

Alex Cook is an intelligent playmaker with solid fundamentals and a high-level understanding of the game.

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