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Robert Smith expects Dalvin Cook to reach 1,000 yards before he did

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Robert Smith barely had more than 1,000 yards in his first three NFL seasons combined. The two-time Pro Bowler figures Dalvin Cook won’t take nearly that long.

“I think he’s going to be a contributor from Day 1,’’ Smith said via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “I think he has incredible potential. I really think it’s a coup the Vikings getting him in the second round. He’s got everything.

“He’s a guy that hits home runs, he’s got great vision at the line, he’s got really good patience. He knows what kind of angles to take, and he’s got that explosive speed. So he’s got it all.”

Smith, in his second season as a college football analyst at Fox Sports, had his first 1,000-yard season in his fifth season with the Vikings. He finished his career with four consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, unexpectedly retiring after the 2000 season.

The Vikings made Cook a second-round choice this year. Cook rushed for more than 1,000 yards in all three of his seasons at Florida State, finishing with 687 carries for 4,464 yards and 46 touchdowns.

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17 Responses to “Robert Smith expects Dalvin Cook to reach 1,000 yards before he did”
  1. GenXJ says: Jun 7, 2017 9:05 PM

    It’s like drafting three running backs; but, it’s only one.

  2. misterpositivity says: Jun 7, 2017 11:08 PM

    Ooh, a Vikings/Packers thread! *Grabs popcorn.

  3. fmc651 says: Jun 7, 2017 11:55 PM

    Yes sir Robert I agree. Cook will be fun to watch this season.

  4. filthymcnasty3 says: Jun 8, 2017 12:02 AM

    He reminds me of Lawrence Phillips.

  5. dayglo80 says: Jun 8, 2017 7:45 AM

    Ball so hard

  6. 250dollarnflowner says: Jun 8, 2017 8:06 AM

    meanwhile in turd town, they are asking for ahman green and najeh davenport to come out of retirement and play RB. Green would start and Najeh would be the “#2” guy.

  7. jimnsota says: Jun 8, 2017 8:45 AM

    Vikings Rb’s along with poor offensive line play failed to convert on countless 3rd and 4th downs, some of which were less than a foot. Any bit of consistency by both parties will turn them into a contender to win the NFCN.

  8. Frazier28/7 says: Jun 8, 2017 10:17 AM

    checkdown Teddy and checkdown 2-sleeves Sammy are going to love dumping down to this guy and watching him fly to the endzone.

    no more ‘he’s loose’, just Goodbye! 25-15-10 Touchdown.

  9. trollhater says: Jun 8, 2017 10:55 AM

    I think Onterrio Smith hit 1000 yards before Robert Smith did….. Cook seems like he could be a good contributor if Zim let’s him on the field. You know how that goes….gotta earn it

  10. The Phantom Stranger says: Jun 8, 2017 11:27 AM

    jimnsota, you hit the nail on the head. I had forgotten about all those short-yardage situations where the Vikings never seemed to get a first down. All they have to do is get their running game to league average and it will make a huge difference.

  11. truthbetold109 says: Jun 8, 2017 12:24 PM

    Preseason delusions of grandeur by the vikings fans. This time of year always makes me laugh.

  12. bkostela says: Jun 8, 2017 12:41 PM

    Not exactly setting the bar high….

  13. fwippel says: Jun 8, 2017 2:27 PM

    I would sure as heck hope so. It took five years for Smith to finish a season without being hurt (which is why it took him five years to hit 1,000 yards in a season). Hopefully Cook will be healthier.

    BTW: Onterrio Smith never gained as much as 600 yards in a season. He was one player you could say literally p*ssed his way out of the league. Geez, talk about a name long forgotten.

  14. 13worldchampioinships says: Jun 8, 2017 5:13 PM

    Frazier28/7 says:
    Jun 8, 2017 10:17 AM
    checkdown Teddy and checkdown 2-sleeves Sammy are going to love dumping down to this guy and watching him fly to the endzone.

    no more ‘he’s loose’, just Goodbye! 25-15-10 Touchdown

    ***

    It’s Sammy 2-sleeves you dolt.

  15. ragnarthegreat says: Jun 9, 2017 8:40 AM

    Is hyping this guy a slight of hand to distract us after loosing AP? Before you say No, look at when we drafted Troy Williamson to replace the departed Randy Moss. We found similar people to say similar nice things about Troy and look how that worked out (Doink!).

    Gosh, I hope I am wrong on this one and he works out great.

  16. whatjusthapped says: Jun 9, 2017 6:38 PM

    All this time prior to the season opener provides an opportunity for the Viking fan base to congratulate themselves on their pending championships, future HOF’s who have yet to play a down in the NFL and all the smart roster moves that their “genius” GM has made this off season.

    And here you see it with their 2nd round draft choice, predictions of rushing yards, touchdowns, the only thing they left off is his rookie of the year award.

    Why don’t you sit back and let’s see if he can simply hold on to the ball, a issue that he had in college where the defensive players weren’t as adept as the NFL level players at ripping the ball out. He just might be another Adrian Peterson……at fumbling the football.

  17. aypeeswhippingstick says: Jun 10, 2017 9:15 PM

    His oline at Florida State was better than the turd brigade he’ll run behind in Minnesota. Good luck kid…

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