The Vikings selected former Virginia DB Chris Cook with the 34th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. It was the Vikings 1st pick of this year’s draft and it is 1 of 2 second round picks the Vikings had entering Friday after making a trade with the Detroit Lions at the end of the 1st round on Thursday night.
It’s the 2nd time in 3 days the Vikings have added depth to their secondary – they signed free agent CB Lito Sheppard earlier in the week to bolster a CB position that will see starters Cedric Griffin and Antoine Winfield return from injury in 2010.
Cook has a nice blend of size – 6-2, 212 pounds – and speed, and perhaps his greatest attribute is position flexibility. Various scouting reports indicate Cook can play both CB and S. I’ve also read in some scouting reports that Cooks is a very physical defender who has quick hands and had a strong senior season and strong performance during practices at the Senior Bowl.
To this point I’ve seen plenty of negative feedback with this pick, but I’d urge fans to use caution in doing so. Often times this criticism is rooted in unfamiliarity and certainly in this instance the criticism also comes from the fact that many fans wanted the Vikings to take QB Jimmy Clausen.
The selection of Cook addresses a need the Vikings had entering the draft – CB – and it gives them a player who will likely play multiple positions and also has a skill set that will allow him to contribute on special teams.
A few other interesting notes on Cook…
— He is the 1st University of Virginia player drafted by the Vikings
— He is the highest-drafted DB in University of Virginia football history
We’ll have more on this pick and the rest of the Vikings draft picks in rounds 2 and 3 later today so stay tuned to vikings.com.
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