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Dalvin Cook Hopes to Reunite with Winston

Florida State RB Dalvin Cook hopes to join his former college teammate in Tampa Bay.

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Dalvin Cook knows first-hand how special of a player Jameis Winston can be. The two shared the backfield at Florida State during the 2014 season, with Cook rushing for more than 1,000 yards and Winston passing for nearly 4,000. Behind them, the Seminoles reached the National Championship Game.

Fast-forward and Cook is set to join Winston as yet another Florida State player selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. Cook's projections are all over the place, but he's been commonly linked to the Buccaneers at No. 19. In this week's Mock Draft Roundup, four different analysts project Cook to be selected by Tampa Bay. No other player was listed more often than Cook.

Should Cook fall to the Bucs, he would relish the opportunity to reunite with his former teammate.

"Longtime brother," Cook said of Winston, via the Tampa Bay Times. "Great bond. Jameis is a player I look up to as a role model. To be in the backfield again would be something special.

"I feel like we started to build a bond when he was at Florida State, so it would be something special."

Prior to the NFL Scouting Combine, Cook said it would be a "dream come true" to land in Tampa Bay with Winston.

"He's one of those quarterbacks," Cook told ESPN at the time. "He's going to always make sure you're doing the right thing, that you're on top of it, that you're being a player he knows you can be. He's just one of those leaders that you just want to be around."

The NFL Draft is less than a month away. If the analysts are correct, Cook's wish could come true.

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