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Dalvin Cook | Running Back | #33

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (21) / 8/10/1995
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 210
College: Florida State
Drafted: 2017 / Rd. 2 (41) / MIN
Contract: view contract details

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Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer is campaigning coach Mike Zimmer to allow him to use rookie Dalvin Cook on kick returns.
One of the best STs coaches in the league, Priefer admitted he's not holding his breath that Zimmer will allow it. Cook is in the mix, if not the favorite, to be the Vikings' No. 1 running back, which would surely mean he won't be on returns. Minnesota is looking for a replacement for Pro Bowl returner Cordarrelle Patterson. Rookie WR Rodney Adams is considered the lead man for the job. Jul 18 - 9:17 PM

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Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune wouldn't rule out the possibility of second-round RB Dalvin Cook seeing 300 touches as a rookie.

After viewing Cook at OTAs and minicamp, Vensel praised the 21-year-old's speed and versatility, particularly in the passing game. In Vensel's eyes, Cook has a chance to become an every-down back if he can earn the Vikings' trust in pass protection. Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon will be in the mix, but Cook is clearly the lead dog in Minnesota's three-man backfield.
Jul 16 - 10:46 AM

Latavius Murray admitted rookie Dalvin Cook is ahead of him in the Vikings’ running back competition.

"Dalvin's already been through OTAs, he's been through the offseason. So, he has that up on me," Murray said. Murray missed the entire spring recovering from surgery and is unlikely to be ready for the start of training camp. The missed time makes Cook the favorite to start Week 1. The Minneapolis Star Tribune expects Murray to open the season as the Vikings’ short-yardage back.
Jul 1 - 2:30 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer stated after minicamp that second-round pick Dalvin Cook "has a chance to be special."

It's especially notable because Zimmer isn't known for hyperbole. "There was a play yesterday that, Xavier Rhodes is trying to catch him, and he's hauling now," said Zimmer. "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." As Latavius Murray (ankle surgery) missed all of OTAs and minicamp, Cook has been able to soak up first-team reps along with Jerick McKinnon.
Jun 15 - 4:35 PM

Vikings signed second round RB Dalvin Cook to a four-year, $6.35 million contract.

The deal is higher than last year's slot value, with Cook getting $550K more than Bills LB Reggie Ragland ($5.8M). He also received a $2.76 million signing bonus. Cook has been working with the second team at OTAs due to his rookie status, but is the favorite to lead the Vikings in touches. Latavius Murray (leg) has missed the entire offseason and is questionable for training camp.
May 31 - 5:01 PM

Vikings OC Pat Shurmur has been impressed with Dalvin Cook.

"He certainly caught our eye," Shurmur said. "Very instinctive runner. He’s making good progress." The Vikings also talked up Cook’s pass blocking, a great sign for his chances of getting on the field early. Cook's rookie status has him running with the second team at OTAs, but he's the favorite to lead the Vikings in touches.
May 26 - 7:31 PM

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Vikings plan to establish a "committee" at running back during training camp.

While Dalvin Cook is the favorite for touches, the Vikings aren't paying Latavius Murray over $4 million this year to ride the bench. Murray will at very least have a change-up and short-yardage role, while Jerick McKinnon remains the best receiver of the group. Among rookies, Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey, and Joe Mixon are all better re-draft fantasy bets than Cook.
May 10 - 9:58 PM

Vikings traded up to select Florida State RB Dalvin Cook with the No. 41 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Cook (5’10/210) broke Warrick Dunn’s FSU rushing record in just three seasons, piling up 4,464 yards on 687 carries (6.50 YPC) with 46 TDs and 79 catches. While known best for his big-play runs, Cook showed workhorse ability with 17 games of 20-plus carries and shined as a receiver, averaging 11.8 career yards per catch. Extremely difficult to tackle in space, Cook finished No. 1 in PFF College’s 2016 Elusive Rating. Cook confirmed his long speed (4.49) in Indy, but struggled in agility drills. Cook’s biggest drawbacks are his injury history after three career shoulder surgeries and ball security after he fumbled 14 times on 763 touches, including six fumbles in 2016. Still, Cook projects as an early-career lead back with three-down potential. Rotoworld draft analyst Josh Norris has compared him to DeAngelo Williams. In Minnesota, Cook becomes the likely Week 1 starter ahead of Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon.
Apr 28 - 7:56 PM

ESPN's John Keim said "don't be surprised" if the Redskins look to trade up from No. 49 in order to draft Florida State RB Dalvin Cook.

Per Keim, Cook is the Redskins' No. 1 target at running back, but probably won't be around when they pick at No. 49. The Redskins are known to be shopping backup Matt Jones and appear to be looking for an upgrade on current starter Rob Kelley. Cook graded poorly at the Combine and has raised some red flags off the field, but he could end up being a steal in the second round. To land him, the Redskins will probably need to leapfrog the Bengals (No. 41) and Eagles (43), who are also looking to address running back on Day 2.
Apr 28 - 5:27 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline is now "a believer" in Florida State RB Dalvin Cook falling to the second round.

Prior to signing Marshawn Lynch, a source with the Raiders told Pauline they expect Cook to be available when they pick at No. 24, which means they expect him to be bypassed by the Bucs, who have been heavily linked. If that happens, it will not be surprising to see Cook slip all the way to the second day. draft analyst Lance Zierlein has reported some teams have "concerns surrounding durability and character" as well as how poorly he tested at the Combine.
Apr 27 - 10:53 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay reports the Bucs "really like" Florida State RB Dalvin Cook.

McShay adds they will "strongly consider" Cook if he is still on the board at No. 19. There have been rumors Cook will fall to the second day of the draft because of off-field and testing concerns, but the Bucs have always seemed like a likely destination for the Florida-born product. Drafting Cook would likely spell the end for Doug Martin in Tampa.
Source: ESPN
Apr 25 - 11:56 AM draft analyst Lance Zierlein reports there is "buzz" Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey will be the only running backs selected in the first round.

That would mean Dalvin Cook, Alvin Kamara, and Joe Mixon all falling out of the first round. Kamara has production questions and Mixon has serious off-field concerns, so it will not be a surprise if they fall. However, Cook lasting until the second day would be a shock. Zierlein writes Cook is "clearly a first-rounder based on talent alone," but some teams have "concerns surrounding durability and character" while others are worried about his testing numbers. Cook tested as a ninth-percentile SPARQ athlete at the Combine.
Apr 20 - 12:41 PM

Florida State RB Dalvin Cook tested as ninth-percentile SPARQ athlete at the NFL Combine.

Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara had the highest SPARQ score of any back in Indy, hitting the 79th percentile. Cook was at the opposite end of the spectrum, struggling in the three-cone drill (7.27), 20-yard shuttle (4.53), vertical (30.5"), and broad jump (9'8"). He did run a solid forty (4.49). Still, it was a concerning weekend for a back considered a potential first-round pick. According to 3 Sigma Athlete's Zach Whitman, no running back who tested as a sub-10th-percentile SPARQ athlete has been drafted in the first round in the last 17 years.
Mar 4 - 8:23 PM

Florida State RB Dalvin Cook's official forty time at the NFL Combine was 4.49.

Both of Cook's "unofficial" times were slower, but he beat 4.5-flat via the Combine's laser testing. Cook measured 5-foot-10, 210 at the weigh-in and bench pressed 225 pounds 22 times. Cook did struggle in the vertical, managing 30.5 inches. Regardless, Cook's size-speed combination is above average to good and his game film is first-round caliber. Medical and off-field checks will determine how high Cook is selected in April's draft.
Mar 3 - 3:23 PM

MMQB's Albert Breer mentions Florida State RB Dalvin Cook's "off-field questions" as a reason he may not pass LSU's Leonard Fournette to be this year's first running back drafted.

Breer didn't elaborate, but it's not the first time "off-field issues" have been mentioned regarding Cook. Cook was suspended for allegedly punching a woman outside a Tallahassee bar in 2015 -- it wasn't caught on video like Joe Mixon -- and Cook was also cited in 2014 for leaving three pitbull puppies chained up by their necks in an unsheltered area, resulting in a $550 fine. Cook apparently had two more non-detailed run-ins with police at Florida State.
Source: MMQB
Feb 23 - 11:12 AM

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QB1Sam Bradford
2Teddy Bridgewater
3Case Keenum
4Taylor Heinicke
5Wes Lunt
RB1Dalvin Cook
2Latavius Murray
3Jerick McKinnon
4Bishop Sankey
5Terrell Newby
GLB1Dalvin Cook
2Latavius Murray
3RB1Jerick McKinnon
2Dalvin Cook
FB1C.J. Ham
WR11Stefon Diggs
2Jarius Wright
3Rodney Adams
4Isaac Fruechte
5Stacy Coley
WR21Adam Thielen
2Laquon Treadwell
3Michael Floyd
4Cayleb Jones
5Moritz Bohringer
WR31Laquon Treadwell
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2David Morgan
3Bucky Hodges
4Kyle Carter
5Nick Truesdell
LT1Riley Reiff
2Rashod Hill
3Aviante Collins
LG1Alex Boone
2Danny Isidora
3Freddie Tagaloa
C1Pat Elflein
2Nick Easton
3Zac Kerin
RG1Joe Berger
2T.J. Clemmings
3Austin Shepherd
RT1Mike Remmers
2Jeremiah Sirles
3Willie Beavers
4Arturo Uzdavinis
5Reid Fragel
K1Kai Forbath
2Marshall Koehn