Rick Spielman on trading up for Dalvin Cook: We went after the best player available

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The Vikings didn’t have a first-round pick in this year’s draft, but that didn’t stop them from making a move up the board in the second round to get running back Dalvin Cook.

They dealt the 48th and 128th picks to the Bengals to move up to No. 41 overall to select Cook, who found his way into more than a few first-round projections leading up to the draft. During an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Bruce Murray and Brady Quinn, Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said he didn’t expect Cook to be available at that point and wanted to do everything he could to get him.

“So we wanted to be aggressive and we were able, trading up, to get him,” Spielman said. “I think, when you have a talented player as Dalvin Cook fall into the second round, screw the need. We’re going to go after best player available, because he was sticking out like a sore thumb on top of our board. So I wanted to go get the best player available, because eventually if you follow the best player available and you’re right, those guys can make a significant impact on your roster.”

Spielman acknowledged the off-field concerns about run-ins with law enforcement surrounding Cook, but said the team did “a lot of research” and felt comfortable about Cook’s fit after Spielman spent 45 minutes with Cook on Friday “rehashing everything that we’ve been through a hundred times.” If the bet pays off, the rookie may have a good chance to wind up as the lead back in Minnesota this season.

36 responses to “Rick Spielman on trading up for Dalvin Cook: We went after the best player available

  1. If Jeffrey Dahmer could run a 4.2 40 and break tackles some NFL team would say they “did a lot of research” and “feel comfortable” with all the cannibalism.

    For the record, though, I think Cook will be perfectly well-behaved player.

  2. Desperate to replace the abuser who was hero worshiped by the skoltrolls speildunce, in a panic, traded up to draft a player he thinks is a promising replacement.

  3. Packers will be drafting a RB in round 1 of next year. Teams have figured out Ty Montgomery already and he will have a difficult year. The other backs they drafted are backups.

  4. “Speaking of need vs. best player available what is funny is when a team with a position of need uses all its picks on that position of need.”

    Like the Vikings did when they traded for Sammy.

  5. Is Speilmans new word “aggressive “? Now he’s trying to emulate TT with the best player available talk. I hope Speilman is the GM for the next 20 years.

  6. It takes poking in the woods by drafting 3 running backs to equal a for sure thing in Dalvin Cook.

  7. There is nobody in the NFL that does more back patting after the draft than Spielman. That guy has the longest arms in the league. I would too if my QB resumé included Ponder, Bridgewater, Feeley and passing on Derek Carr. A miracle this guy still has a job.

  8. Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says:
    May 1, 2017 6:01 PM
    If Jeffrey Dahmer could run a 4.2 40 and break tackles some NFL team would say they “did a lot of research” and “feel comfortable” with all the cannibalism.

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    The Packers would have drafted him . . . Dahmer being a Wisconsin native and all.

  9. “We didn’t need him but we heard the Packers might want him. We want to be like the Packers. Emulating them is the only way we can hope to get better.”

    -Spielman

  10. GenXJ says:
    May 1, 2017 7:38 PM
    It takes poking in the woods by drafting 3 running backs to equal a for sure thing in Dalvin Cook.
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    Ah yes, the classic “sure thing”, I recall the same kind of talk last year at this time, just after the Barneys drafted Laquon Treadwell.
    Along with the claims of Packer fans kicking themselves as LT runs away with the OROY award.

    1 catch for 15 yards.
    How’d that work out for you?

  11. So what if the Packers drafted three RBs!
    So what if the Bengals drafted Joe Mixon!

    This is a nice snippet of news regarding the Vikings, so there’s no need to bang on about other teams.

    Not having a 1st rounder this year didn’t hurt the Vikings after all. They selected the best all around RB available in this year’s draft and got him at #41. Even the trade up from #48 cost the team less than it should – only a late 4th rounder. I must say that hearing all the disappointment in that Eagles crowd when Cook’s name was mentioned more than made up for all the rubbish they’ve been spouting following the Bradford trade. Speaking of which…

    Following Bridgewater’s injury last year the Vikings needed a QB, and so they picked the best option available. Even going into this season, Bradford was the best option available either through the draft or available free agents.

    They’ve announced that they’re not picking up Bridgewater’s 5th year, yet he will probably be with the team moving forward. Yes they’ve financially protected themselves against Bridgewater’s injury recovery going south, but had they picked it up then there was little chance of Bradford signing an extension.

  12. I would too if my QB resumé included Ponder, Bridgewater, Feeley and passing on Derek Carr. A miracle this guy still has a job.
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    Aside from QB’s Spielman has picked Stefan Diggs, Danielle Hunter, Xavier Rhodes, Anthony Barr, Eric Kendricks, Everson Griffen, Kyle Rudolph, and Harrison Smith… Not to mention free agents Linval Joseph, Captian Munnerlyn, Terrence Newman, Trading for Bradford and Hiring Mike Zimmer. The only thing ted has ever done is draft Erin. Rick > ted and it’s not even close.

  13. .
    It was Arizona GM Steve Keim who said :

    ” If Hannibal Lector ran a 4.2 / 40 we’d say he had an eating disorder. ”
    .

  14. cheeseisfattening says:
    May 1, 2017 6:40 PM
    Speaking of need vs. best player available what is funny is when a team with a position of need uses all its picks on that position of need. 😛
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    It’s called adding depth. If the Vikings had some they manage faired better as an Oline last season. What I don’t get is why the Vikings didn’t take any QB. I am not saying they would have found a franchise guy, but certainly could have found a quality backup. Between Bradford, Hill and Theodore, they will certainly need to address that position 2 or 3 more times over the next 2 seasons.

  15. About 12 years too late for that strategy of best player available. Let’s harken back to 2005 when the Vikings had two first round draft choice and took Troy “Stone Hands” Williamson with the 7th overall pick and then went back to grab a Defensive End with their 18th pick. Forget that neither player last 2 years in the NFL, the best player available was waiting in the Green Room all the way to the 24th pick and that player was Aaron Rodgers.

    Just think how the fortunes of two franchises would have been altered if the Vikings only took the best available player on that fateful day.

  16. Cook will be just fine…He will prove AP lost a few steps.

    AP will be just fine in a committee of backs…both will generate over 4.0 yards per carry.

    Enough said!

  17. Rick > ted and it’s not even close.

    Oh really? Last time I checked the Packers have had a better team from the top down for over a decade.

    Let me define top down. You see, the most important thing you need in the NFL is a QB and HC. Ted knows no matter how many meaningless pro bowlers you get, it does not equate to playoff victories and SBs without a QB and HC.

    This is something Speilman can’t figure out. Zimmer your god is 26-22 in the regular season and 0-1 in the playoffs in THREE seasons. McCarthy got to the NFC championship game in his SECOND season.

    We need not even go over the QB mess. Even when Rodgers is hurt, the system and HC make Matt Flynn look like Brady

    Need we forget Matthews and Raji, two players who have made more meaningful defensive plays in NFL playoff games then the entire viking roster combined.

    Even this year Ted’s roster got the pack to the NFC championship game and where were the vikes without a first pick?

    You Viking fans are delusional, Speilman is one of the worst in the league and TT is one SB away from Canton.

  18. Ted Thompson has drafted for need with his first round pick 8 of the last 10 drafts and what do the Packers have to show for it? One of the leagues worst defenses every single year. Never quit, Ted.

  19. Aside from RODGERS, Nelson, Woodson, Matthews, Daniels, Finley, Collins, Shields, Jennings, Pickett and Dix. I’ll take Teds 11 over Ricks 11. I’ll also take the SB and constant division titles. Stop with the Rick >Ted talk fool.

  20. alfredogarciashead sputtered out a sentance fragment:

    “There is nobody in the NFL that does more back patting after the draft than Spielman. That guy has the longest arms in the league. I would too if my QB resumé included Ponder, Bridgewater, Feeley…

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    AJ Feeley? Touchy Feeley? Embarrassing. For you.

    Ponder was a reach, but still better than D. McKnob who was the only QB on the roster at that time. Bridgewater might still succeed and that’s because the GM is smart enough to know how to keep two first round QBs on the team. He’s a great GM.

  21. TT also helped build a roster that won a SB with 15 players on IR. The Vikings couldn’t win a SB when they had one of the best offenses to ever take the field.

    TT is far more consistent, when he doesn’t hit on players they hang out in the NFL for a bit. When Rick misses on players they play in the arena league.. or Canada.

  22. codiablo says:
    May 1, 2017 8:32 PM
    If they could sink Wisconsin and remain it Lake Minnesota that would be awesome.
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    Yeah right, then where would you people have to vacation?
    I spend most of my summers dealing with the seasonal tourist traffic.
    From the Dells to Door County there’s nothing but Minnesota and Illinois license plates on the highways.

  23. From the Dells to Door County there’s nothing but Minnesota and Illinois license plates on the highways.

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    Those are all cheeseheads who went to Minny and Chicago to get meaningful jobs. They’re just back for a few days – don’t worry.

  24. Here we go again. The Vikings drafted Cook, or should I just say, had their draft. From now till about the end of October, we will hear nonstop about how they will be Super Bowl champions, that the Packers drool, etc. Of course, after October you won’t find one who admits they are a Vikings fan, as they turn their attention to professional soccer.

  25. codiablo says:
    May 1, 2017 8:32 PM
    If they could sink Wisconsin and remain it Lake Minnesota that would be awesome.
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    Even if that was the cas,e what excuse would they use, when their best division rival wouldn’t be around, and STILL struggle winning divisions, and playoff games, while not winning Superbowls?

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