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Vikings trade up to take Dalvin Cook 41st overall

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The Vikings moved on from Adrian Peterson this offseason, and knew they needed a running back.

So they traded in front of the Eagles, and took Florida State running back Dalvin Cook with the 41st overall pick. They traded with the Bengals to get there.

Cook was tremendously productive in college, but his athletic testing numbers didn’t measure up to some of the other backs in the class, and there were concerns about his ball security and some off-field concerns.

But the Vikings added back who has made plenty of big plays, at a time when they desperately needed one.

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73 Responses to “Vikings trade up to take Dalvin Cook 41st overall”
  1. irishgary says: Apr 28, 2017 8:00 PM

    That pick is hysterical, an exchange of morons

  2. scoops1 says: Apr 28, 2017 8:01 PM

    is he going to hand the ball off to himself??

  3. nfliferfan22 says: Apr 28, 2017 8:02 PM

    Best running back in the draft. If anyone watched him play in college and saw him run over Alabama. He also catches the ball out of the backfield. Unlike Fournette who got hurt and didn’t play and come up big in the big moments who is just an I back. Cook is better for today’s game. If the dude can just stay out of trouble, minny will love him

  4. tjacks7 says: Apr 28, 2017 8:02 PM

    Steal of the draft thus far. Should have gone in the top 20.

  5. tjacks7 says: Apr 28, 2017 8:05 PM

    The magician doesn’t even need a first round pick to get a top 20 talent.

  6. packsupersoldier says: Apr 28, 2017 8:05 PM

    The Vikings needed a potential PR disaster to replace Adrian Peterson. Surprised they didn’t take Joe Mixon.

    Say, didn’t this team throw a bunch of money at Latavius Murray already? And now they traded up for this guy? Brilliant.

  7. questionableopinion says: Apr 28, 2017 8:05 PM

    I am a Packer fan but was high on Dalvin Cook. Good pick. Just hope he stays healthy and out of trouble.

  8. clq1089 says: Apr 28, 2017 8:05 PM

    What the hell are either one of you talking about?

  9. gaetz23 says: Apr 28, 2017 8:06 PM

    I can’t begin to express how much I hate this pick. The Vikings had a chance to reinvent their offense after cutting ties with a RB that can’t pass block, is injury prone, fumbles a lot and has some serious character deficits. What do the Vikings do? Draft the exact same thing.

    I’ll throw the Pack fans a bone because the Vikings deserve all the ridicule they get.

    “The Vikings choked like one of Dalvin Cooks dogs!”
    “Donut club is being replaced by the BB gun fight club!”

    Ugh…

  10. pkrlvr says: Apr 28, 2017 8:06 PM

    He’s a good player but oh the irony of the Vikings drafting a RB with character concerns.

  11. GenXJ says: Apr 28, 2017 8:06 PM

    Is this your card gb fans?

  12. dawoger says: Apr 28, 2017 8:07 PM

    The barneys were in such a panic to put another abuser on their roster that they traded up to grab him.

    Maybe you can bring Mike Vick in as Fred Samfords back-up?

    SKOLOL

  13. tjacks7 says: Apr 28, 2017 8:16 PM

    Remember the day a team who starts a WR at running back passed on Delvin Cook!

  14. irishlion62 says: Apr 28, 2017 8:19 PM

    Behind that offensive line? God speed Dalvin!

  15. 250dollarnflowner says: Apr 28, 2017 8:21 PM

    how does rick spielman continue to do it!?

  16. packsupersoldier says: Apr 28, 2017 8:22 PM

    Forget who’s going to hand off to Cook and Murray, who’s going to block for them?

  17. gbpackersfan12 says: Apr 28, 2017 8:24 PM

    I think this could be a great pick. Honestly thought maybe Pack should take a flyer in him. With that being said, Vikes have some strong runners and need OL help. RBs are a dime a dozen. Didn’t see what they gave up to move up to grab him yet.

  18. wellthatsinteresting says: Apr 28, 2017 8:25 PM

    Love the Vikes. Don’t like the pick. We could have drafted a RB much later. And we gave up a pick to move up. We need our picks this year. Don’t like this selection one bit. Oh well…onto Round 3…hope it’s better…

  19. vikingjack73 says: Apr 28, 2017 8:25 PM

    The Vikings just made one of the BEST trades of any team in this draft! To move up 7 spots and leap frog at least two teams who wanted Cook, they only gave up a 4th round pick!

    And since they had TWO 4th rounders, it was the 2nd one they traded
    Vikings didn’t panic
    Vikings didn’t over spend

    They kept BOTH of their 3rd rounders
    And the higher of their two 4th rounders

    For a multi-talented back that will make Packers fans pissed for YEARS that Green Bay passed on him!

  20. vikingjack73 says: Apr 28, 2017 8:28 PM

    Cook’s “character” issues were years ago!
    He can run, catch, punt return

    Packers fans are trolling and whining
    Blame your GM!
    Trader Ted had a shot to take him

    Decided to pass on him
    Now the Pack get to chase Cook twice a year into the 2020s!

  21. adubsinpurple says: Apr 28, 2017 8:29 PM

    Great pick! Imagine that… packer fans took a couple minutes away from date night with their cousin to comment on a Vikings post.. you guys are pathetic! Skol!

  22. 250dollarnflowner says: Apr 28, 2017 8:29 PM

    meanwhile in turd town, they have basketball players playing receiver and receivers playing running back!!

  23. billtetley53 says: Apr 28, 2017 8:29 PM

    The Vikes could have drafted Myles Garret and the packers fans would ridicule it.

    How pathetic are you packers fans? Its a rhetorical question, no need to answer.

    We will wait while you go look up rhetorical in the dictionary though.

  24. tjacks7 says: Apr 28, 2017 8:30 PM

    Forget who’s going to hand off to Cook and Murray, who’s going to block for them?

    I know Packer fans hibernate during free agency but you can still follow the Vikings on sites like this one or google.

  25. igocommando says: Apr 28, 2017 8:34 PM

    I keep seeing Barney references. What is that? Fife?

  26. 60for90 says: Apr 28, 2017 8:42 PM

    I’m surprised the Vikings went wih RB

  27. igocommando says: Apr 28, 2017 8:46 PM

    Did anyone else get to see the video of the gb war room prior to the start of the 2nd round. Talk about zero enthusiasm. For a moment it looked like a still photo. Then they reached for a 4th round prospect. Brilliant.

  28. pkrlvr says: Apr 28, 2017 8:48 PM

    Uh oh, Vikings just won the super bowl. Book it.

  29. aypeeswhippingstick says: Apr 28, 2017 8:50 PM

    Christian Ponder went to Florida State too….

  30. knew8411 says: Apr 28, 2017 8:51 PM

    packsupersoldier says:
    Apr 28, 2017 8:05 PM
    The Vikings needed a potential PR disaster to replace Adrian Peterson. Surprised they didn’t take Joe Mixon.

    Say, didn’t this team throw a bunch of money at Latavius Murray already? And now they traded up for this guy? Brilliant.

    ========================================

    Yeah, it was a brilliant move. I am sure Speillman will appreciate your compliment.
    You probably dont know this, but most teams do not use just one running back, all season. They actually do something called “rotating their backs”. This is so they dont wear one running back out, by using him exclusively.

  31. 250dollarnflowner says: Apr 28, 2017 8:57 PM

    Did anyone else get to see the video of the gb war room prior to the start of the 2nd round. Talk about zero enthusiasm. For a moment it looked like a still photo. Then they reached for a 4th round prospect. Brilliant.
    ==========
    Yeah ted was walking around looking confused as always. like he was looking for the recreation room in the nursing home.

  32. doctorpancake says: Apr 28, 2017 8:58 PM

    I don’t know if he’s the best running back in the draft, but getting him at #41 is great value

  33. beerbratscheese says: Apr 28, 2017 8:59 PM

    igocommando says:
    Apr 28, 2017 8:46 PM
    Did anyone else get to see the video of the gb war room prior to the start of the 2nd round. Talk about zero enthusiasm. For a moment it looked like a still photo. Then they reached for a 4th round prospect. Brilliant.
    —————

    Fourth round picks don’t get invited to the Green Room on day one. This story is about the Vikings pick. What’s your opinion on that?

  34. emoney826 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:10 PM

    Love this pick. Nice job Minnesota. I’m jealous.

  35. allight59 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:13 PM

    Top 10 talent at 41….great job, Mr. Speilman. Packers will regret passing him up for 3rd round CB value. Pack also had a chance at Rueben Foster, but traded back. The demise of turdtown continues….

  36. fmc651 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:13 PM

    aypeeswhippingstick says:
    Apr 28, 2017 8:50 PM

    Christian Ponder went to Florida State too….

    )))))))))))))))

    So did Deion Sanders what is your point? Oh there wasn’t one. Just trolling again.

  37. homegrowntalentmn says: Apr 28, 2017 9:24 PM

    Love the player but not the selection. We need o-line help!

  38. philsheo says: Apr 28, 2017 9:32 PM

    I love the staying out of trouble/character issues BS. Dude was acquitted but I heard more about that than I did about the reason allegations for first-rounder Gareon Conley from tOSU.

    Then I hear about his combine performance. He was better than Fournette in pretty much every category AND ESPN Sport Science showed him as being quicker in-game than the fastest 40 guy in the history of the NFL combine.

    He was a steal at that pick and you guys still bitch.

  39. whatjusthapped says: Apr 28, 2017 9:45 PM

    A running back with character issues that fumbles the ball a lot. I know the Vikings are trying to replace Adrian Peterson and it looks like they did, to a “T”.

    The only left is for Cook to father a dozen children out of wedlock and then beat one bloody.

  40. igocommando says: Apr 28, 2017 9:48 PM

    Bwahahahahaha…..the pack just took another db. Talk about not having a clue. Wait…didnt they do the same thing a couple years ago? What a joke of a gm. Gotta give him credit for persistence though.

  41. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Apr 28, 2017 10:06 PM

    Best running back in the draft. If anyone watched him play in college and saw him run over Alabama. He also catches the ball out of the backfield. Unlike Fournette who got hurt and didn’t play and come up big in the big moments who is just an I back. Cook is better for today’s game. If the dude can just stay out of trouble, minny will love him

    ————–

    He never played Bama and the best RB in the draft is Joe Mixon.

  42. fmc651 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:11 PM

    Elflein pick to help Dalvin. RS picks are looking very good again.

  43. GenXJ says: Apr 28, 2017 10:12 PM

    igocommando says:
    “Bwahahahahaha…..the pack just took another db. Talk about not having a clue”

    One name Julio Jones.
    gb drafts a tall corner & a safety. capers has tt’s ear. Mistake. That ATL game ended a long time ago. & these picks scream gb doesn’t have the know-how to develop players on defense. Relying, instead, on skill players outta the box. Bandwagon cheeser fans justify letting prime players go that’ll cost too much to extend. Laughable.

  44. beerbratscheese says: Apr 28, 2017 10:16 PM

    igocommando says:
    Apr 28, 2017 9:48 PM
    Bwahahahahaha…..the pack just took another db. Talk about not having a clue. Wait…didnt they do the same thing a couple years ago? What a joke of a gm. Gotta give him credit for persistence though.
    ————

    Not sure what you mean. This is a passing league. To succeed you have to be able to pass, and you have to stop the pass. The Vikings had the best RB in the league for 10 years and won just one playoff game with him. Now you (might) have another elite RB. Congratulations, you might win another playoff game with him.

  45. stellarperformance says: Apr 28, 2017 10:18 PM

    250dollarnflowner says:
    Apr 28, 2017 8:29 PM
    meanwhile in turd town, they have basketball players playing receiver and receivers playing running back!!
    ///////////////////////////////////////////

    …….and yet, they own the Vikings. Weird.

  46. shaggytoodle says: Apr 28, 2017 10:28 PM

    igocommando says:
    Apr 28, 2017 9:48 PM
    Bwahahahahaha…..the pack just took another db. Talk about not having a clue. Wait…didnt they do the same thing a couple years ago? What a joke of a gm. Gotta give him credit for persistence though.
    ___________________

    Coming from a fan of a team that has used 3 first round picks to acquire QBs since Favre retired.

  47. purpleguy says: Apr 28, 2017 10:34 PM

    I’m just glad they didn’t draft Mixon, although there is a certain irony in drafting a RB with fumbling and pass protection issues.

    And I”d hardly say a team owns another when they’ve gone 50/50 head to head and split the NFCN the last 2 years.

  48. taintedsaints2009 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:43 PM

    Packer fans, seriously, get a new hobby. it’s old. it’s not funny. it’s pathetic.

  49. ragnarthemagnificent says: Apr 28, 2017 11:11 PM

    Since the fudge, cowardly lions and teddy bears have no defense Dalvin will probably run for 1000 yards just against the NFC North! You smell what Dalvins cookin? Sucker soufflés.

  50. chris1cat says: Apr 28, 2017 11:20 PM

    Now we’re “COOKin’ with Crisco!
    SKOL !!!! Awesome pick and move Rick.

  51. coachkilla6 says: Apr 28, 2017 11:50 PM

    “Remember the day a team who starts a WR at running back passed on Delvin Cook!”

    ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    You must be referring to Ty Montgomery, a true 2nd-yr WR who has more playoff wins as a RB than AP was able to muster in 10 years in MN.

  52. Norseman says: Apr 29, 2017 12:11 AM

    Vikings got the best RB in a deep RB class. And got him at #41. Steal of the draft. Truly explosive back as runner or receiver, fastest back in pads too – as sports science proves.

    All his stats at FSU are amazing. He’s got the measureables. He’s got the intangibles – vision, patience, etc.

    Every top RB has some injury concern/history. Cook’s are not serious, and he only missed 1 game because of them. He hung around a bad crowd in high school, got in trouble, but has matured and left them behind. Not a bad kid himself.

    Ball security and pass pro issues are not big issues and are coachable fixes. Early favorite for offensive rookie of the year.

  53. stiffarm13 says: Apr 29, 2017 3:28 AM

    same story every year …. all Vikings draft picks are the “steal” of the draft …. best player no matter what round he’s picked …. best draft ever …. best draft of any other team in the NFL …. but yet usually fail to make the playoffs and if they do make the playoffs they can’t win a game …. I still wonder what the problem is every year being they have the best players at every position in the entire league but have trouble making it into the playoffs ?? common sense says it’s some goofy talk but the homers aren’t bright enough to figure that out

  54. shaggytoodle says: Apr 29, 2017 5:04 AM

    allight59 says:
    Apr 28, 2017 9:13 PM
    Top 10 talent at 41….great job, Mr. Speilman. Packers will regret passing him up for 3rd round CB value. Pack also had a chance at Rueben Foster, but traded back. The demise of turdtown continues…
    _____________

    The Vikings have what people would argue to be the BEST talent to ever play the RB position. He was HORRIBLE last year BEFORE he got hurt….It doesn’t matter if people aren’t opening holes.

    The Packers have two young LBs in Martinez and Ryan, and while sometimes freak athletes may seem to good to pass up on, sometimes they aren’t worth the headaches. Look at players like Randy Gregory and Johnny Football.

    I think Cook can be good and he is certainly a better option that being handcuffed to AP and his contract, but to crown him a top 10. People compare him to Portis and Edgerrin James, and I agree, in open field he can make tons of things happen, but he won’t be worth squat unless that line plays better

  55. atthemurph says: Apr 29, 2017 8:45 AM

    Word is he will be wearing his Aladdin costume and riding a camel when he makes his first appearance in MN.

  56. fmc651 says: Apr 29, 2017 9:49 AM

    Is the number of packer trolls due to the fact that in multiple mock drafts had Dalvin Cook going to the packers?

  57. mgp32 says: Apr 29, 2017 10:21 AM

    Cook VS Peterson. Week 1 Monday night. I got goosebumps just thinking about it…

  58. 440Barracuda says: Apr 29, 2017 10:59 AM

    coachkilla6 says:
    Apr 28, 2017 11:50 PM

    You must be referring to Ty Montgomery, a true 2nd-yr WR who has more playoff wins as a RB than AP was able to muster in 10 years in MN.

    —————————————-

    I’m not bashing either Montgomery or Peterson, but that type of logic says Montgomery carried the Packers to the win and Peterson was the reason for the Vikings inability to win.

  59. ariani1985 says: Apr 29, 2017 12:05 PM

    Just think that our inbred little sisters to the east passed on him to select punter! Let that sink in!

  60. 250dollarnflowner says: Apr 29, 2017 12:18 PM

    ted will more than likely draft a TE today. he looks lost… i think he has sundowners

  61. truthbetold109 says: Apr 29, 2017 12:57 PM

    I like the pick. I hate to see he went to the vikings and would have loved to see him in a Packer uniform. The only saving grace is that we have is the line sucks so hopefully that slows him down.

  62. aypeeswhippingstick says: Apr 29, 2017 2:34 PM

    Trade in the child beater for a puppy and women beater, nice.

  63. fmc651 says: Apr 29, 2017 2:49 PM

    Delusional packer fans think their defense is as good as the Vikings. Even though nobody covering the NFL has said they are a top 5 defense. And for good reason.
    Last season they gave up 40 or more points 3 times.
    30 or more points 3 times. And 21 or more points 5 times. And Fabio gets $13 million for 20 tackles. Almost a million per tackle.

  64. filthymcnasty3 says: Apr 29, 2017 4:49 PM

    I must say that this is an excellent character fit for the hapless and tasteless Vikings.

  65. shaggytoodle says: Apr 29, 2017 4:51 PM

    fmc651 says:
    Apr 29, 2017 2:49 PM
    Delusional packer fans think their defense is as good as the Vikings. Even though nobody covering the NFL has said they are a top 5 defense. And for good reason.
    Last season they gave up 40 or more points 3 times.
    30 or more points 3 times. And 21 or more
    __________

    Yeah there defense was awful, they had 4th and 5th DBs trying to cover Pro Bowlers not because the starters weren’t playing well, but due to injury, which allowed allowed any QB to feel like they could be a Pro Bowler, GB is also very young on that side of the ball with Ryan, Martinez, Rollins, Randall, and Fackrell playing haven’t hit their 3rd season yet.

    I won’t say they are stacked like Minnesota as they certainly have more talent on that side of the ball, but the Vikings should, using several top 50 picks, because of their lack of success on the field combined with trading up has allowed them to. It also has left the team thin at the positions like Oline and QB.

  66. stellarperformance says: Apr 29, 2017 5:03 PM

    fmc651 says:
    Apr 29, 2017 2:49 PM
    Delusional packer fans think their defense is as good as the Vikings. Even though nobody covering the NFL has said they are a top 5 defense. And for good reason.
    Last season they gave up 40 or more points 3 times.
    30 or more points 3 times. And 21 or more points 5 times. And Fabio gets $13 million for 20 tackles. Almost a million per tackle.
    //////////////////////////////////////

    And yet, inexplicably, they still own the Vikings. It just makes you want to laugh, doesn’t it?

    Speaking of which……check out the video called: “The Minnesota Vikings, A Legacy of Failure.”

    Priceless.

  67. fmc651 says: Apr 29, 2017 5:31 PM

    If splitting games the last two years is owning, okay I guess nonstellar.

  68. stellarperformance says: Apr 29, 2017 5:34 PM

    fmc651 says:
    Apr 29, 2017 5:31 PM
    If splitting games the last two years is owning, okay I guess nonstellar.
    /////////////////////////

    12-3.

  69. beerbratscheese says: Apr 29, 2017 5:52 PM

    While SOME of you Vikings fans don’t deserve this, I’m here to actually talk civil and give you a compliment. I was really hoping the Packers would have Isidora available to them when they picked at 182. I think he’ll turn into a solid OG for you guys.

    Also, I think you got tremendous value with Coley. Could be as impactful as Diggs for you guys.

  70. fmc651 says: Apr 29, 2017 10:57 PM

    nonstellar Ponder and Joe Webb are gone, split the last two years. Your defense sucks and Zimmer does just fine against Rodgers.

  71. gaetz23 says: Apr 30, 2017 5:24 AM

    Solid draft for the Vikings, B to B-. There’s a few guys that will contribute right away and some interesting developmental guys. Still not in love with the Cook pick, but he starts and contributes. Elflein sets up an interesting competition between him, Berger and Easton for the C and G spots. Johnson will give quality rotational snaps…maybe more if Floyd can’t go. Gedeon and Lee are strictly special teamers at this point. Adams is the new returner and might see some gadget plays on offense. Isidora is a developmental guard. Great explosiveness and production, but terrible technique. Needs a lot of work before he sees the field. Hodges’ hands are a question mark, but great speed/size combo. Coley likely doesn’t make the practice squad unless he finds some passion for the game. Odenigbo could be a very good pass rush specialist down the road. Tocho is an interesting pick..extraordinarily strong for the position, great tackler and solid instincts but plays much slower than his 4.52 time suggests. Could be a corner-to-safety convert that Spielman likes to try. Not a bad haul.

  72. lambeaudungbarn says: Apr 30, 2017 11:39 AM

    You can have all the Running backs in th League, but if you don’t have a line that can block for him OR A Defensive line that can stop the run, what is the use?
    And while we are at it, lets trade away higher/quality picks that will make the team, for 9 players nobody else wants outside of UDFA, that will be cut after pre season anyway! And you call him a magician??? Took 3 (THREE) 1st round picks 5 years ago to find 1 (ONE) that can start now!
    THIS is from A Vikings fan of 54 years!!!

  73. misterpositivity says: Apr 30, 2017 9:39 PM

    Adams MIGHT become a viable KR/PR, but that’s only because Patterson wisely relocated. Beyond him, there is not a single starter in this draft group. As such the Vikes’ Oline will remain the worst in their division, arguably the worst in the league. Cook will routinely get tackled 5 yards behind the LOS and won’t help them whatsoever.

    Complete whiff for RS and the purple faithful.

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