Report: Vikings Take A Look At Virginia CB

Posted by cjsiewert on March 30, 2010 – 12:48 pm

With reports of free agent DE Mike Montgomery and the Vikings agreeing to a 1-year deal, Minnesota appears to be making a splash in the free agent market after a brief void of inactivity.  Along with the reported signing, the Vikings may be creating some more attention by taking a closer look at a Draft prospect.

Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that University of Virginia CB Chris Cook is conducting a private workout for the Vikings today, according to an NFL source with knowledge of the situation.

There has been a lot of speculation on the Vikings’ Draft “needs” and the secondary has garnered most of the attention, as we touched on briefly earlier today.  The concern with the Vikings’ secondary revolves around the injuries of Cedric Griffin and Antoine Winfield.  There has also been some anxiety over the production numbers from last season with the Vikings ranked 19th in passing yards allowed and just 26th in INTs, so perhaps taking a closer look at the draft-eligible CB may suite the Purple’s best interest.

Various scouting reports label the 6-2, 210 pound CB as versatile with great speed and coverage skills – traits that may intrigue the Vikings to add talent and depth to a secondary unit that already has positive potential.

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20 Responses to “Report: Vikings Take A Look At Virginia CB”

  1. By mikillerko on Mar 30, 2010 | Reply

    I dont know much about Chris Cook, but from the 6-2 210lb frame that he has, that sounds like something i am happy about. size is what really killed our secondary. i say we get him

  2. By jbork88 on Mar 30, 2010 | Reply

    might be a good draft pick, maybe in the second round?

  3. By big ru on Mar 30, 2010 | Reply


  4. By Dj on Mar 30, 2010 | Reply

    yea I think its a good draft pick

  5. By raven on Mar 30, 2010 | Reply

    Chris Cook sounds like a good pick for our corners. I agree with jbork88 on taking him in the second round, but I think what we need most is some more help at the Safety position, I mean seriously, 26th in interceptions?? What’s that telling you?

  6. By paul on Mar 30, 2010 | Reply

    There’s a ton of guys 6-2, 210lb.out there.
    Whats his time in the 40, verticle leap,tackling ability,whats in his head.

  7. By cjsiewert on Mar 30, 2010 | Reply

    paul – NFL Scouting Combine 40-yard dash time was 4.46 which was the second fastest time among CBs. He was also the top CB in the broad jump at 11’0″. From what I’ve read, he has great tackling abilities but I couldn’t tell you what’s in his head.

  8. By Reece on Mar 30, 2010 | Reply

    i think he’s a good second round pick for the vikings, but in the first round they need to get taylor mays and make that secondary more dangerous even then the front seven.

  9. By Paul on Mar 30, 2010 | Reply

    A couple of years ago if I remember correct, the Packers went vigilante on drafting corners, “Draft em’ all and let God sort em out!” Kind of like David Khan’s stockpiling of point guards or their draft rights for the T-pups last year. The Packer approach seems to have paid off as many have become very good in their defensive scheme and turned a weakness into a strength in a hurry. Any chance the Vikes would try such a move going secondary and offensive line heavy with picks?

  10. By Paul on Mar 30, 2010 | Reply

    Just a follow up. Who played great for South Carolina last year? Because that has been the Viking pipeline to greatness in recent years, (Granted Troy WIlliamson was a hiccup in that theory).

  11. By PurpleNurple on Mar 30, 2010 | Reply

    Paul – According to Yahoo Sports ( Eric Norwood, a 6-1 252 pound linebacker is the best pick out of SC this year, projected as the 43rd best draftee overall. I couldn’t find Chris Cook in that list though, so it’s probably out dated. It’s an interesting question, and with our uncertainty at MLB he just might be a valuable selection. A CBS Sports page lists Norwood as a 2nd-3rd round selection.

    The CBS Site lists Cook as a guy improving his rank to a 2nd round pick, but the info they give on him sounds somewhat precarious. He was twice suspended for academics, and has proven to be a bit injury prone. It sounds like if this guy doesn’t end up breaking a bone during a tackle, he’ll get caught breaking out a bong during half-time. All-in-all, too much of a risk for the level he’ll command in the draft.

  12. By vikings012 on Mar 30, 2010 | Reply

    i agree with reece we need to grab a safety like mays in the first round and then grab this cornor in the second this will improve out secondary alot and as raven said we were 26th in INT’s thats jus not good enough we need to improve so lets go safety then corner GO VIKINGS

  13. By greenwayfan on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    If you are looking for more INTs than we had last year, Taylor Mays is not the draft prospect that you want to take. I am going off of memory here but I think he had less than 5 INTs his whole college career. For the athletic ability that he has he must have really poor instincts to have so few INTs. I know that everyone wants to see more INTs but in the style of Defense we play we aren’t going to get alot of INTs, we are going to get alot of sacks. The zone defense we play keeps the deep WRs covered and makes the QB check down to the TE or RB, then our LBs and CBs come up and make the tackle short of the first down. The principal is that the offense will make a mistake in a long time consuming drive that will put them in 3rd down and long and our pass rush will eat the QB up and make them punt the ball. That is how Leslie Frasier’s defense works. We didn’t utilize Darren Sharper’s ball hawking skills when he was here because of the style of defense we play. When he went to the Saints and was allowed to play deep center field and read the QBs eyes he had 9 INTs last year. He didn’t get more athletic from 2008 to 2009, he was just in a different defensive system that used his skills to create turnovers. The safety play was not outstanding last year but our safeties will never have amazing INT stats in this defensive scheme. They could have better tackling stats and that is where I would like to see an improvement.

  14. By Favreking on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with the PurpleNurple a couple comments up, where he questions Chris Cooks character (twice suspended for academics), and injury proneness. Indeed, will he end up breaking a bone during a tackle, or breaking out a bong during halftime. Seriously though, character should be a huge consideration!

  15. By bonvoi29 on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    PURPLE NURPLE should be applauded for his insight on the defensive scheme, however, we did get a new assistant Defensive coach that specializes with the pass protections, perhaps we can see some changes or mixes/combinations of schemes. I would like to see at least 15-20 ints as compared to 11. not too much to ask for, also better coverage against the check downs, we are horrible at covering the slot or the TE position. they toss it to the RB and away he goes. so many times have we been scored on because of that.

    TACKLING IS A MUST!!! fix that please. also we could have had a lot more INTs however i dont think our D knows how to catch a foot ball. ball control and tackling is what the Vikings Need.

  16. By Raul on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    it’s all over many other web pages! this is absurd, in a great way for this organization. the vikings need to step in and call this mans agent. o.j. atogwe + jamarca sanford what a great duo that would solve secondary problems + maybe chris cook in 2nd round.

  17. By paul on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    Chris Cook rank 83rd. by scouts inc. position ranked 7th.

  18. By marcus on Apr 2, 2010 | Reply

    ken hamlin S is on the market! do you think the vikings make a move on him?

  19. By purple helmet on Apr 2, 2010 | Reply

    I really enjoy reading all the comments. I also love the compassion from other fans about the VIKINGS. From 0ne fan to another, Thanks.

  20. By dave on Apr 3, 2010 | Reply

    they gotta take Taylor Mays in the first round…then maybe this Cook guy in the second…the secondary is a very weak position for the vikings but there is also a guy they could consider in the 1st round and he is Kyle Wilson…if hes gone before 30 then you gotta take Cook in the second….just fix the secondary

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