Name: Jared Cook
Team: St. Louis Rams
Position: Tight End
Years Pro: 4
Draft stock: (Rising) The Rams are slowly becoming everyone’s favorite dark-horse team — aside from the Cincinnati Bengals — which means Cook’s fantasy football draft stock has elevated as of late. Although a look at Cook’s 2012 numbers might make you second guess him, this tight end has the potential to be really good with the Rams.
2012 fantasy impact: Cook was surely the most potent Tennessee Titans offensive target, but they didn’t use him like the All-Pro tight end that he has the ability to be. In 13 games, Cook reeled in four touchdowns and was barely able to eclipse the 500 yards receiving mark. It didn’t help that Jake Locker was throwing him passes, but Cook surely disappointed last year.
Best-case scenario: Sam Bradford falls in love with Cook’s 6-foo-4 size and these two connect for seven touchdowns in 2013. Cook is finally in a situation where his inability to block doesn’t really matter, because his pass-catching skills are the end all be all.
Worst-case scenario: St. Louis has so many weapons and Tavon Austin demands so many receptions in the slot that Cook is an overpaid decoy most of the time.
Where you should draft him: Cook is going pretty early in most drafts, yet he’s a great option once the 10th round begins because of his nearly perfect situation with the Rams and budding quarterback Bradford.