Dalvin Cook one of three Vikings rookies listed as starters

AP

The Vikings didn’t have a pick in the first round of this year’s draft, but they found starters with three of their first four picks.

The Vikings have second-round pick Dalvin Cook, third-round pick Pat Elflein and fourth-round pick Ben Gedeon listed as starters on their depth chart heading into Monday’s game against the Saints.

Cook is listed ahead of Latavius Murray at running back, which comes as no surprise after a summer that saw Murray limited by offseason ankle surgery and Cook getting praised by Vikings coaches at every turn. Murray got healthy by the end of the preseason, but it will be equally unsurprising if Cook should find himself getting the lion’s share of the work as his rookie season unfolds.

Minnesota also lists Elflein as the starter at center while his main summer competition Nick Easton has taken over at left guard in the wake of Alex Boone‘s release. Gedeon is listed ahead of Emmanuel Lamur as the weakside linebacker and joins Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr with the first team for his first NFL game.

43 responses to “Dalvin Cook one of three Vikings rookies listed as starters

  1. Nice to see the move on the OL, which puts their best set of interior lineman on the field at the same time. Cook as a starter is a no brainer, but Gedeon is a pleasant surprise.

  2. Cutting the bum Boone gives me hope for the first time we are moving ahead directionaly.

    Good call to cut him, swallow your pride take the cap hit and move on

    This guy sucked!

  3. I would comment on this article praising my favorite team, but some would interpret it as me claiming these rookies are future hall of famers and the vikings are winning the superbowl.

    I excited about these 3 to see if they contribute the way we need them too. Jaleel johnson is also an interesting prospect next to Linval.

    Disclaimer: I am not claiming the vikings are off season champions.

  4. Fournette (4), McCaffrey (8), and Cook (41) were the top three rated backs entering the draft. It will be interesting to see which one turns out to be the cream of the crop.
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  5. My team has made me a pessimist and that attitude prevails when it comes to the Vikings. Was it good drafting or is the team so lacking in talent that 3 rookies are good enough to be starters?

  6. The Vikings didn’t have a pick in the first round of this year’s draft, but they found starters with three of their first four picks.

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    I’d probably wait to see how these guys play in, you know, a regular season game before saying they found their starters. Just a thought.

  7. h0metownzero says:
    September 5, 2017 at 2:05 pm
    3 rookies = rebuilding year.
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    They have 3 rookies starting at three good positions for it.

    Center is the easiest spot on the line, Gedeon won’t be playing all of the snaps since the Vikings go with 2 LB sets frequently. Cook looks good, can’t possibly be worse than our RBs were last year.

    I’m not at all concerned with these three rookies starting.

  8. The Vikings have been drafting really well lately. Kudos to their scouts. Dalvin Cook has a ton of talent. Maybe some off field questions pushed him into the 2nd round. He was a steal. Pat Elflein also should have been a first rounder. He’ll play in the league 15 years. The Vikings could be this year’s Falcons. They’ve been loading up on defense too, and they finally have a legit franchise QB. Everything should start to click. Bradford barely knew his teammates’ names when the season began last year. He should be way better acclimated.

  9. tritz32 says:

    September 5, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    The Vikings didn’t have a pick in the first round of this year’s draft, but they found starters with three of their first four picks.

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    I’d probably wait to see how these guys play in, you know, a regular season game before saying they found their starters. Just a thought.
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    Well, three rookies are starting in game 1. Do you have another term for starters that we aren’t aware of? Would you be happy if we called them “Not-Backups”?

  10. By the end of the season, Jaleel Johnson will likely be starting at DT and Danny Isidora could be a starter at guard, depending on how Easton and Berger hold up. This 2017 draft looks really good right now and should help us to forget the horrible 2016 draft.

    These guys aren’t starting out of desperation, either. Elflein earned the job, allowing the Vikings to cut Boone. They had plenty of linebackers to choose from but Gedeon beat them out. Cook looks like he’ll be a star.

    So what were people saying about the Vikings mortgaging their future because they traded a first-round pick for a starting quarterback?

  11. FlashPatterson says:
    September 5, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    They have 3 rookies starting at three good positions for it.

    Center is the easiest spot on the line, Gedeon won’t be playing all of the snaps since the Vikings go with 2 LB sets frequently. Cook looks good, can’t possibly be worse than our RBs were last year.

    I’m not at all concerned with these three rookies starting.
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    I agree with everything except for center being the easiest spot on the line. There’s more involved at that spot mentally than any other position except QB. The center has to recognize the defense and make all the line calls, sometimes two or three times on a single play, and it has to happen fast and be right. That’s why the center is often one of the smartest guys on the team.

  12. “Well, three rookies are starting in game 1. Do you have another term for starters that we aren’t aware of? Would you be happy if we called them “Not-Backups”?”

    Lolz the clear inference was that lets wait and see if they remain starters after a game or 2. A lot of guys who get put on the field as “starters” here and there do not remain as one.

  13. 6ball says:
    September 5, 2017 at 1:46 pm
    Fournette (4), McCaffrey (8), and Cook (41) were the top three rated backs entering the draft. It will be interesting to see which one turns out to be the cream of the crop.
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    Yes, and would you also agree that the OL, team competition, overall team offense and coaching that surrounds them will have almost as much to do with it as their individual talents?
    Talent can overcome a lot, but any of these running backs on the Cowboys, Patriots or Steelers is a lot different than Fournette on JAX or McCaffrey on the Panthers

    Just given the strength of MN OL and offense in general, he is already ahead of the others.
    And what about Kareem Hunt in KC?

  14. mclovin07 says:
    September 5, 2017 at 2:42 pm
    Remmers is going to be a train wreck and seriously, destroy any hope the Vikings have this season….he is AWFUL
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    Good thing Hill has shown he is an above average Tackle and will step in when/if Remmers falls on his face.

  15. No worries here with Cook and Elflein, but when the 49ers game planned that pre-season game they exploited the hell out of Gedeon on short passes to the flat, crossing routes and cut-back running plays. I think the fact that Gedeon is starting says as much about his competition on the roster as it does his ability. As usual, I hope I’m wrong.

  16. Berger, who slid over to right guard, has been their starting center the last two seasons. He will make the line calls till the rookie is ready to take over that duty.

  17. Just given the strength of MN OL and offense in general, he is already ahead of the others.

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    I just spit out my water. Now that’s rich. That MN OLine was the worst BY FAR in professional football last year. Hence why their “offense” was complete trash as well.

  18. Spielman drafted for need in all three positions and might have knocked it out of the park on at least 2 of them. Have to see more from Gedeon. Cook ran by Gedeon in the Orange Bowl but he did it to the whole Michigan defense. Elflein gives them the anchor that’s been missing.

  19. purpleguy says:
    September 5, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    No worries here with Cook and Elflein, but when the 49ers game planned that pre-season game they exploited the hell out of Gedeon on short passes to the flat, crossing routes and cut-back running plays. I think the fact that Gedeon is starting says as much about his competition on the roster as it does his ability. As usual, I hope I’m wrong.

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    You are right up to a point. Gedeon maybe got torched a bit because the SF offense game-planned for the Viking defense. Gedeon’s performance may have suffered because Minnesota’s defense didn’t game-plan for the SF offense. So Gedeon is better than he played because SF played to beat Minnesota while Minnesota played vanilla for practice, not SF.

  20. Cook was Pro Football Focus’ highest rated offensive player, not just RB, in the draft. For the Vikings to get him in the 2nd round was a gift, especially from the Packers, who chose between Cook and Kevin King at #33. Thanks TT. Saints and Eagles wanted him too, but Spielman beat them to him, trading up to #41 to get him.

    Elflein looked to be starting center from the get-go, except that Nick Easton stepped-up during the off-season, and now their both starting, as Easton beat out Boone at LG, and Easton/Elflein look a much better combo.

    Gedeon starting as base linebacker replacing Greenway was a bonus, not sure many thought he’d get the starting nod, but he earned it.

    I think Jaleel Johnson, a 4th round pick, while not a starter yet, may have a bigger impact on defense than Gedeon by the end of the season.

  21. h0metownzero says:
    September 5, 2017 at 2:05 pm
    3 rookies = rebuilding year.
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    And making a WR play Rb for the second straight = WTF is going on in Green Bay?

  22. n Teddy We Trust says:
    September 5, 2017 at 2:35 pm
    So what were people saying about the Vikings mortgaging their future because they traded a first-round pick for a starting quarterback?
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    I don’t recall the future actually occurring just yet, do you? Reputations are made on what is done, not on what you say will be done.

  23. WTF is going on in Green Bay?

    Something that isn’t going on in Minnesota, winning consistently instead of once every 4 years. This will be your team’s 57th straight season without a championship. Enjoy!

  24. Like a couple of the other commentators here, I’m not yet sold on Gedeon. Even in the Seattle preseason game he had the ‘deer in the headlights’ look, especially on play action passes. I’ll give him a chance, though. He’s a rookie, after all.

  25. It was a good draft, it’s nice they add via free agency and don’t constantly depend on rookies to contribute from day 1. The 2015 was a very good draft too, 2016 not so much for now, all in all its nice to have these rookies sub-plant veterans and not be a team solely using the draft to rebuild/contend/coattails of Rodgers.

    Looking back by next years draft and I’d bet a lot of draft-redo’s will Elfein and Cook as 1st round picks. If not already.

    And then there’s that Tashawn Bower rookie free agent that could be a nice rotation guy with Griffen.

  26. tritz32 says:
    September 5, 2017 at 3:12 pm
    Just given the strength of MN OL and offense in general, he is already ahead of the others.

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    I just spit out my water. Now that’s rich. That MN OLine was the worst BY FAR in professional football last year. Hence why their “offense” was complete trash as well.

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    I agree that last year is was one of the worst, if not the worst, but last year’s OL doesn’t win todays’ games, and this years’ OL is much better, and really, we are comparing them this year to JAX, the panthers and KC. I am in no way a vikings fan, I am just going by published reports and comparisons.

  27. stellarperformance says:
    September 5, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    I don’t recall the future actually occurring just yet, do you? Reputations are made on what is done, not on what you say will be done.
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    And yet you were saying the Vikings’ franchise couldn’t survive without an unnamed draft pick.

  28. purpleguy says:
    September 5, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    No worries here with Cook and Elflein, but when the 49ers game planned that pre-season game they exploited the hell out of Gedeon on short passes to the flat, crossing routes and cut-back running plays. I think the fact that Gedeon is starting says as much about his competition on the roster as it does his ability. As usual, I hope I’m wrong.

    I agree, Gedeon just seems a little slow to me.My Greatest concern is if Anthony Barr plays hard or quits as he did last year,If you do not agree? simply watch how he played last year,was always away from the play and showed no heart…

  29. aypeeswhippingstick says:

    WTF is going on in Green Bay?

    Something that isn’t going on in Minnesota, winning consistently instead of once every 4 years.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Another Packer fan that knows very little about his on team.

    The Vikings have consistently been the best team in the our division since the inception of divisional play.

    It was your Packers that set the NFL record for consecutive full regulation seasons without scoring a single TD in the playoffs – much less winning a playoff game.

    Only a single FG in all those seasons – much less a single playoff victory.

    That’s worse than Detroit, worse than Tampa Bay, worse than Chicago and much worse than the Vikings.

    I’d tell you how many playoff games the other 4 NFC Central/North teams won during that era – but it would only embarrass you even more.

  30. aypeeswhippingstick says:

    Ahh those magical 70’s
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    It started in the 60’s and continued into the 90’s.

    But once again, your ability to understand the game of football is causing you to embarrass yourself.

  31. Cook and Elflein are no brainers and nice upgrades over last year. I’m not sold on Gideon. I watched a lot of training camp and it appears to me he won the job more out of necessity rather than any special ability. He is a liability in the passing game and isn’t really a big hitter. Hope I’m wrong, but this draft class is definitely a major improvement over what they got out of last year.

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