Vikings think Dalvin Cook “can be special”

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Running back Dalvin Cook popped up in the first round of many mock drafts, but he wound up remaining available until the Vikings plucked him with the 41st overall selection.

After seeing Cook’s work in practice since joining the team, it’s fair to say that coach Mike Zimmer thinks that was good luck for the team. On Thursday, Zimmer praised General Manager Rick Spielman for trading up to get Cook and praised Cook’s ability on the field.

“I think he’s got a chance to be special,” Zimmer said, via ESPN.com. “There was a play yesterday that, Xavier Rhodes is trying to catch him, and he’s hauling now. I just think this guy has got a chance to be pretty good. 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.”

Latavius Murray was rehabbing after ankle surgery in the spring and is expected back to compete for work in training camp, but the increased work that Cook got in his absence clearly is working in the rookie’s favor as the Vikings move into their first season without Adrian Peterson since 2007.

18 responses to “Vikings think Dalvin Cook “can be special”

  1. Actually, sometimes college tape does lie, otherwise guys like Lawrence Phillips, C.J. Spiller, Trent Richardson, along with many other draft busts that weren’t running backs would all live up to their high draft status’ and college highlight film to become stars in the NFL. Nothing is guaranteed. That being said, if Cook can stay healthy and curb the fumbling, I think he will be pretty good.

  2. Big Vike guy here. Glad he’s “special.” Glad we drafted him. We think he’ll fit in great because all us Vikes fans are “special.”

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  4. stellarperformance says:
    Jun 15, 2017 6:43 PM

    Big Vike guy here. Glad he’s “special.” Glad we drafted him. We think he’ll fit in great because all us Vikes fans are “special.”
    ………
    Looks like stellar jumped ships. But, settle down tiger, he doesn’t have to fit in with the fans. He just has to fit in with the offense.

  5. I hope he is every bit as good as AP was. That way he’ll eat up as much percentage of the cap as AP did and prevent the Vikings from signing the players needed to build a team designed to challenge for a Super Bowl.

  6. Cook will never be as good of a runner as Peterson, but he should be a better all around running back and he will fit perfectly into the offense rather than requiring the offense to be retrofit to a 1960’s style so he can be effective. This is how a running back helps a team win.

  7. beerbratscheese says:
    Jun 15, 2017 7:33 PM
    I hope he is every bit as good as AP was. That way he’ll eat up as much percentage of the cap as AP did and prevent the Vikings from signing the players needed to build a team designed to challenge for a Super Bowl.

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    One player making all the money and keeping the rest of the roster devoid of talent? In GB it’s called the Aaron Rodgers effect…HOF QB….trash defense…maybe if they spent some money on a few defensive players…maybe an actual running back…they wouldn’t fail in the playoffs…because one player can only get a team so far…

  8. stellarperformance says:
    Jun 15, 2017 6:43 PM
    Big Vike guy here.
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    After years of longingly stalking our team page he finally comes out and admits it. Good for you bud!

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