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The Buffalo Bills traded back twice before picking their number 63 running back James Cook during the 2022 NFL Draft on Friday, April 29. To draft the Georgia alum, Bill’s general manager Brandon Beane traded his original number 57 pick to Tampa Bay for picks 60 and 180, then traded pick 60 to Cincinnati for picks 63 and 209.

If Cook’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the little brother of Minnesota Vikings All-Pro running back Dalvin Cook. Four years younger than his older brother, Cook, who is 5ft 11 and weighs 190 pounds, has made a name for himself in Georgia and his stats will make many wonder, JD McKissic who?

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During his four-year tenure with the Bulldogs, the 22-year-old dual threat running back recorded 1,503 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns and 67 receptions for 730 yards and 6 touchdowns.

After selection, Bills Pro Football Focus tweeted, “Last season, Cook had a career-high 83.4. Fourth-highest among SEC RBs,” so it’s easy to see why Buffalo fan analysts were hyped for the election. The Bills filled their greatest need, a cornerback, in Round 1 by picking Kaiir Elam, and drafting a pass-catching running back in Round 2 fills another void in Buffalo’s roster.

While drafting a running back is considered by many to be too risky, NFL Network Draft Analyst Jeremiah said during a conference call on Feb. 21 The Bills “are a championship-caliber team right now. You design a running back, each and every one of those carries that you think will be a meaningful, valuable carry for the next four or five years.”

When Cook was announced as the Bills’ No. 63 overall, video of the moment shared on Twitter showed that the person celebrating the momentous occasion the most was his big brother.

The newly drafted Bills star is looking forward to heading to Buffalo. WGR 550 reporter Sal Capaccio tweeted“Cook said he ‘fell in love’ with the Bills during the pre-design process and that he was dying to play with Josh Allen.”

Comparisons to his older brother are inevitable, especially as the Bills will host the Vikings at home at Orchard Park during the 2022 NFL season. Cook spoke about the possibility of facing his brother while attending the 2022 NFL Combine last month.

“We’re going to take care of that,” Cook said, per Vikings.com. “When I’m on the other side I know he’s also going to try to hit me by running all over the place [my team]so I will try to do the same.”

The whole Cook family is probably going to Buffalo for the big game. James and Dalvin have five other siblings: Jameisha Cook, Demarcus Cook, DeAndre Burnett, Daneisha Cook and Jamiya Cook. Her parents are Vaondria White and James Cook. Sadly, Cook’s father, James, died on December 29, 2020 at the age of 46 from complications from diabetes ESPN.

James is an inch taller than his brother and weighs 10 pounds less. For the 40-yard dash, James was initially measured as being 0.01 seconds slower than Dalvin. While his official time later came in at 4.42 seconds, the NFL Network’s simulcam appeared to show that Dalvin (4.49 seconds) was faster, according to SportingNews.com.

When asked to compare himself to his brother, Cook focused on the one skill they both possess. “Versatile player, can do anything,” he said. “I can compete in different positions. I’m a buddy, I’m a leader.”

He also paid big compliments to his big brother. “How he moves with the ball in his hands and how he can miss the guys,” Cook continued. “We criticize each other and make each other better.”

While Dalvin’s college stats blow his brother out of the water, James has the boastful right to help the Bulldogs win a national championship last season. “I just took everything and tried to make the best of it to leave my legacy,” Cook said. “I know I had a goal, to help us win a national championship. [Georgia] hadn’t won one in 40 years.”

But Cook has even higher hopes for his NFL career. “The older I get, the more I see myself as one of the top guys in the league.”

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But Cook has even higher hopes for his NFL career. “The older I get, the more I see myself as one of the top guys in the league.”



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