Emanuel Cook: The Answer To Cleveland's Dilemma?

Samuel IngroAnalyst ISeptember 7, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - 2009:  Emanuel Cook of the New York Jets poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by NFL Photos)

Emanuel Cook has drawn comparisons to Troy Polamalu and Bob Sanders.

Now that I have your attention, Cook is a physical, hard-hitting safety out of South Carolina. He's undersized for the position but more than makes up for it with his nose for the ball and aggression. The New York Jets took a chance on him, but are staffed well at the position, so Cook missed the 53 man roster cut Saturday.

After being told he'd have success in the NFL draft, Emanuel Cook declared for the draft early as a junior. Originally thought to be a third round pick, he plummeted down the draft boards after a below average combine result.

The low result of a 4.65 dash time stemmed from working out at the media fiasco "Prime U" hosted by Deion Sanders, instead of training hard at home.

Emanuel posted 226 career tackles and had All-SEC honors all three seasons with the Gamecocks. One thing the NFL can't teach you is how to tackle, and very few safeties have that natural ability like Cook does.

Which brings me to Cleveland. Dangerously under-matched at the safety position, the depth chart of the Cleveland Browns features Brodney Pool, in his final contract year, and Abe Elam, a career backup that's been getting beat all preseason. Nick Sorenson and Mike Adams, both unproven, are their backups.

Sitting idle in the free agent pool, Emanuel Cook's aggressive play is worth more than a second look. Take a shot Mangini, there's a diamond in the rough waiting.