FCS Spotlight – Braylyn Cook, CB, Morehead State

Braylyn Cook – a Junior from College Park, Georgia – led his team in interceptions with three on the year. This just scratches the surface of how good of a player this guy can be.

Growing up, Cook was a keen Baseball player, but was forced to take a step back due to injuries; this led him to concentrate on Football. As a freshman in 2012, Cook started the season as a back-up, but worked his way into the starting line-up for the last 6-games. Within this season he put together 9-pass break-ups, 14 tackles (including 2- tackles for a loss) and managed his first career interception against the Davidson Wildcats in week-4 of the season.

In Cook’s junior season, he really started to make waves in the FCS, where he was named an Honorable Mention in the All-PFL team. He led the team with 3-interceptions (including 2 against Valparaiso), had a total of 36 tackles and led the team with a total of 14 pass break-ups.

Overall, Cook is becoming a force in the FCS and is making quarterbacks think twice before throwing his way. So this begs the question: Would I have Cook in an IDP Devy league? For me, it would be a resounding “yes.” His production is improving by the year, so the possibilities are endless for his senior year. He has a great work ethic and great attitude to sport, combined with his great talent. There are not a lot of players that make it out of the FCS and into the NFL, but I strongly believe that Braylyn Cook can be one of them.

I was lucky enough to have the chance to chat with Braylyn and learn more about him:

So Braylyn, tell me a bit about yourself. Where did you grow up?

College Park, Georgia.

 

How old were you when you started playing Football?

I was about 5 years old.

 

Growing up, did you always want to be a football player?

Football or Baseball. I messed up my arm in Baseball when I was about 13 and refused to get surgery so I stopped playing.

 

Oh, that’s a shame. So what made you choose Morehead State?

My best friend since middle school, Justin Abrams went here.

 

What is it that you are studying there?

Civil Engineering major, Business minor.

 

So a lot on your plate then? Let’s go back to your Freshman year, you got your first interception against Davidson. What did that feel like?

It felt great. Because I came in the game and didn’t give up a pass the rest of the game after they were throwing all over us the first few drives. My first two college interceptions were actually called back because the other cornerback was offside. But yes, Davidson was my first official interception that counted.

 

That must have been annoying for you! So in Football, what would you say is your proudest achievement to date?

This year, the Valparaiso game where I had 2-interceptions and the game-winning interception.

 

Yeah, I saw some highlights of that game, looked impressive! What would you say is your proudest achievement off the field?

Keeping a high GPA.

 

That’s good. So back to Football, have you ever played other positions or always been a cornerback?

I played safety my freshman year during camp. And played safety reps in my sophomore year in Spring due to low numbers at DB. I also played RB in high school. But I have always been a DB.

 

What are the aspects of your game that you think help you succeed the most?

Film study and all skills. Also my competitiveness.

 

Do you study any NFL players and try to base your game on them?

Patrick Peterson – great press corner and physical on the line. Chris Harris – Technician. Marcus Peters – competitive and always around the ball. I study a lot of corners; those are just a few big names.

 

Watching tape must keep you busy then? Who would you say is the biggest inspiration in your life?

Yes Sir, during the game weeks indeed. My mother is definitely my biggest inspiration.

 

That’s great. Who is the best player you have ever played alongside?

Justin Grier because of his athleticism and confidence.

 

If you could play alongside any former NFL player, who would it be?

Deion Sanders. He is the best cornerback ever. Most confident I have ever seen.

 

He was pretty good! Obviously, we are based purely around fantasy football here at dynastyfootballfactory.com and we want to know what part of your game will translate into us drafting you and you scoring us some points in our IDP leagues. Will it be sacks? Forced Fumbles? Batted balls? Etc.

Pass deflections and interceptions.

 

I can’t doubt that! So I will just finish this with a bit of a fun question. You are given $50,000 – What do you do with it?

I would definitely give it to my mom.

 

That’s a great answer! So who would you be hoping to get drafted to?

I will play anywhere, no preference.

 

Good stuff. Thanks for your time today Braylyn, good luck for the future, we at DFF will be rooting for you!

Yes Sir, thank you.

Feel free to leave any comments or questions below and I will be happy to answer them. Or follow me on Twitter for all things Football – @DFF_JamesH

jhanmore

I work as an In-Play US Sports trader, father to Elijah, fan of Pittsburgh Steelers, recently started out playing the game as DT for Staffordshire Surge (Find them on Twitter @StaffsSurge). Follow me on Twitter for all things football @DFF_JamesH

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