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Packers mock draft: Green Bay halts Dalvin Cook's fall

Could the Florida State standout land in Green Bay at the end of the first round?

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The wait for the 2017 NFL Draft mercifully ends in just over two weeks. Still, in the intervening time, SB Nation's draft guru Dan Kadar has released his latest mock, one that stretches through the first two rounds.

While previous mock drafts have seen the Packers target their defensive front-seven, secondary, or offensive line, Kadar has the team addressing its undermanned offensive backfield. With the 29th overall selection, he projects Green Bay to take Florida State running back Dalvin Cook.

Cook offers a combination of intrigue and questions. He proved highly prolific during his three years in Tallahassee, rushing for 4,464 yards and 26 touchdowns and adding another 935 and two scores as a receiver. His versatile skill set seems tailor-made for the modern NFL.

At the same time, Cook performed poorly at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this offseason. Though his 40-yard dash time of 4.49 looks decent enough, his 4.53 seconds in the short shuttle and 7.27 seconds in the three-cone drill fell short of expectation. Worse, his 30 ½-inch vertical and 9.67-foot broad jump ranked near the bottom of the class. By SPARQ -- a metric that accounts for all of these numbers as well as a player's weight -- Cook finished in the ninth percentile for NFL running backs.

Still, his play at the college level makes him an interesting option at the end of the first round. Whether the Packers opt to go that route remains to be seen.

As for the team's second-round selection, Kadar projects Clemson cornerback Cordrea Tankersley. Another ACC standout, Tankersley helped slow down the Alabama passing attack during the national championship and has the size -- 6-foot-1 frame, 199 pounds -- and athleticism -- 4.40 seconds in the 40, 7.00 seconds in the three-cone -- that the Packers covet at the position.

Tankersley doesn't have the perfect résumé. He drew eight flags for pass interference over the last two seasons and can appear stiff at times when changing direction. Still, for the end of the second round, he provides a considerable amount of playmaking ability.