Vikings HC Mike Zimmer came away from spring workouts impressed with 2nd-round RB Dalvin Cook. "I think he's got a chance to be special," Zimmer told ESPN.com. "Now, he's got some things he's got to work on, like all young backs, but I've been very impressed with him this spring." That's high praise from a generally reserved veteran coach. Latavius Murray sat out the spring following ankle surgery, giving Cook a larger share of the spotlight. We'll see how the 2 split work once he's back. Murray's presence limits our initial projections for Cook. But the rookie also sports the kind of talent and history of college production that could lead to outperforming expectations. He's not a screaming value at his current RB19 ADP in MFL 10 drafting, but Cook's OK in that range.
Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) declined to guarantee that he'll be ready for the start of training camp. “The goal is just to try to be available during training camp at some point,” he said. “Right now, everything is pointing toward that. I’m just going to trust the process and not rush the process.” Murray underwent ankle surgery on March 22 and just got out of his walking boot this week. He still hasn't been cleared to run. Meanwhile, RBs Dalvin Cook and Jerick McKinnon are soaking up reps. Murray can't afford to miss much training-camp time.
The Vikings traded up to snag Florida State RB Dalvin Cook with the 41st pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. Cook is a classic case of college production vs. measurables. He was a stud at Florida State, topping 1,000 rushing yards in all 3 of his seasons and leaving school with a career 6.5 yards per carry. Cook also totaled 79 catches for 935 yards (11.8 yards per catch). So it was a real head-scratcher when he bombed the Combine. He clocked a decent 4.49-second 40 at 5’10, 210 pounds but was brutal in the jumping and agility drills. Cook finished with a 6th percentile SPARQ score. Also of concern are his 3 shoulder surgeries (1 in high school, 1 in 2014 and another in 2016) and his 3 run-ins with the law. Cook joins a fairly crowded Minnesota backfield that includes the newly signed Latavius Murray and holdover Jerick McKinnon. The rookie will likely emerge as the top talent, though, and is the favorite to lead the backfield in 2017 touches.
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