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Cook Selection Adds More Depth To Secondary

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 23, 2010 – 5:01 pm

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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64 Responses to “Cook Selection Adds More Depth To Secondary”

  1. By HOGS on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    According to this his downfall is speed. U cant teach Speed. I think we should have got someone better. 4 dbs were taken late in the first round. A little trade up would have paid off

  2. By Lance on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Nah this is a solid pick he won’t start right away but could see some good playing time as season progresses

  3. By HOGS on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Now that we passed on an olb, they are dropping like flies. Looks like we are gonna watch that position pass us by.

  4. By HOGS on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Do u think Cook will b a CB or will he be looked at as a possible Safety?

  5. By x-viking on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    I’m wondering if this guy was really worth the 34th pick?? We should have tried to trade down if we were targeting this guy. We probably could have got another pick….

  6. By HOGS on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    should we have gotten arenas instead?

  7. By John Karl on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    I am so Glade i am not a Viking fan anymore.
    WAKE UP CHILDRESS and Viking Staff!!!
    Favre Is Not Coming Back and Your Depending On T Jackson???
    And you Passed By Jim Clussen A Favre like QB for Chris cook?
    I am Glade i Didnt Jump On The Vikings Picks This year.
    Every year samething Lets Pick “Maybe they can be good” How about
    Talented Players for Once???
    We picked Culpepper who was ok intill her got sacked then he closed his eyes and threw hoping a WR would get it.
    and T Jackson who needs aprovement and by staff is getting better little bit every year.
    the quenstion is : “Brad childress and viking staff do you ever want to win a superbowl?”
    The answer most be No hun?
    If your still a Viking Fan i eruge you stop being one now and Laugh at Vikings Picks!

    Ex-Viking Fan

    John-Karl

  8. By x-pat on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Just what I love to see in a player, academic issues, injuries and lack of speed. lol

  9. By Darreb on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Vikings are making great progress to stop the passing attack!

  10. By x-pat on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    you’re a tool

  11. By HOGS on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    JOHN KARL.. have u ever heard of Adriene Peterson? I dont know if you heard but he won the rushing title in his second year? Or how about Percy Harvin? Rookie of the year? U could not be any more ignorant if u dont know about our last 2 superstar picks.

  12. By JIMTHEBASSMAN on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    sPIELMAN IS A COMPLETE IDIOT!!!!!!!! We need a quarterback!!!!!!!! IDIOT!!!!!! lET’S See How I can KILL this team!!!!!! Who do we have atg quarterback????? Let me see???? IDIOT IDFIOT IDIOT………! Is the LEADERS of this team trying to give the rest of the teams an edge or are they just STUPID!!!!!!! Withoiut Farve, we DON’T HAVE A QUARTERBACK!!!!!!! IDIOTS!!!!!!!! Clausen or McCoy could of worked great with Farve!!!!!! Idiots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. By HOGS on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    I really like our pick of Toby Gerhart. Someone to take some hits on between takle runs to keep AD rested. I only question his pass cathing ablilty.

  14. By HOGS on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    I gotta believe the Vikings brass know Favre will be back. EIther way, the only qb ready to start this year is Sam Bradford. Anyone else is a waste. And Favre is no teacher. That is what coaches are hired for.

  15. By RAYRAY on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    karl, u dont belong here, u belong at a tea party you fruit. Spieldman doesnt dissapoint. Cook could be a CB or S what we need….Toby Gerhart is a sweet@ass compliment to AP. Now we need that OL

  16. By Bigfan1 on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    The Vikes just picked Toby Gearhart the Heisman candidate running back from Stanford, holy *&*&( what a back field we are going to have.

  17. By Vikingsfan52 on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Alright, Most of you guys are idiots. While I do feel a QB is a need for the Vikes in the near future, I put trust in the new staff. In the last 3-4 years the Vikings have made some real good choices during the draft.

    Have you not heard of A.P, Percy Harvin, and Phil Loadholt. Brinkley ended up okay, Asher Allen will get there with some more playing time. John Sullivan, Sidney Rice, Greenway, Cook, Edwards.

    All these have been solid picks in the last few years. Everyone chill and give these players a chance. There is a reason why these guys are doing their jobs and we are sitting on the couches on our butt!!

  18. By John Karl on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Hogs: Thoose are the only two Good Picks and didnt AP Fumble in the Important Games Last year? and Harvin would not been able to get that touchdown we Won aginast the 49ers last year if Jackson was The QB!
    Jackson is No Good They should of Put Jackson on the Free agaent List and Not Taylor. Taylor and Ap were the best RB’s we had together.
    and the Viks Picked at 51 so we can get a so so RB c’mon?

    see it dosnt bother me because My Team gets 2 Picks in the 2nd round :)

    The Vikings season is already done !!

  19. By deucalion44 on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    use to be a vikings fan karl you never were when they win the SB you’ll try to jump back on pathetic with gerhart they’re gonna hit teams in the mouth in the 4th qtr while they’re trying to catch their breaths can you say it’s 3rd down petersens going out OH no gerhart coming in

  20. By Chance on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    I think the vikings took a good person. We were going to need CB or S help this coming year and they adressed it. And on Jim Clauson, who cares t-jack has improved alot over these last couple of years. Remember when he got benched 2 years ago when he came back he was amazing in the 4 games until the playoffs but he only had 1 pick in the reg season and of course what happened in the playoffs. I think the vikings need a DT in the 3rd round

  21. By deucalion44 on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    pls karl who’s your team

  22. By John Karl on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    DEcalion44: are you guys even watching the Draft? (its not that hard to figure out who my team is, viks were #1 for years intill Jackson, then thats when i lost faith)
    are you guys doing your research on these picks?
    or are you Listening to Brad childress say there good?

  23. By deucalion44 on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    this is a win now league the window of opportunity to win a SB is now while we have veteran QB young receivers and a young powerful running back if it doesn’t happen this year we are looking at 3-4 years down the road

  24. By HOGS on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Even an unbiased person would acknowledge that the Vikings are superb in the draft. Not many teams if any have had such great and impactful players year after year as the vikes. I have faith in our staff and the picks they made. They have spent many hours evaluating these players.

  25. By deucalion44 on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    KArl i went thru the les steckle debacle im not a fan of chilli but right now he is giving us the best chance to win

  26. By deucalion44 on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    now a bad draft is what mike tice had that guy had trouble picking his nose

  27. By John Karl on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Keep telling yourself that i have heard that for last 15 yrs.
    3-4 yrs vikings will be in the superbowl.
    but how can they if they pick so so players.
    wasnt 2 yrs ago they picked a player “That could be good but he needs to learn how to catch the ball”?

    Im out of here not a viking fan anymore!

  28. By deucalion44 on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    you’ll be back

  29. By DTM on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    has anyone considered maybe they do not want to develop a young quarterback and are planning on picking up a veteran when the time comes that they need one.

  30. By deucalion44 on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    it’s all about the front office that’s where it starts you got football people with football knowledge and a owner that doesn’t throw pennies around like man hole covers…….the makings of a championship organization

  31. By deucalion44 on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    DTM think of this last year we win the SB brett farve retires mcnabb leaves philly we pick up mcnabb Back to the SB without missing a beat brett wants to come back we tell him naw that’s ok stay home and be a granddad we got this

  32. By HOGS on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    They were one overtime win and a Favre Misjudgement from being in the superbowl!!!! Didnt u watch last season Karl?? 1 play dude. We have everything we need to be a contender for years except a qb. And i would rather start T-Jack than jimmy or colt. Maybe try our luck late in the draft with Tony pike or someone like that, could pay off and put some competition in the qb pos. this offseason

  33. By DTM on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    john karl is an idiot. the vikings have probably done the best job in the draft of all 32 teams since chilli has been here. Adrian Petersen, Cedric Griffin, Ray Edwards, Percy Harvin, SIdney RIce, Chad Greenway, Phil Loadholt, and what about our 2008 first rounder Jared Allen. The draft is the reason why they are as good of a team as we are.

  34. By peter Vidmar on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    OK, I would like to see the Vikes take Eric Decker with the 100th overall pick. That dude has an intagible that I would like to keep watching at the next level. If he is still available, he’d be a steal.

  35. By HOGS on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    sorry DEUCALION44, i dont know if you heard but MCNABB already left philly and is the starting qb for the Washington Redskins. Kind of big news this offseason sorry u missed it, and DTM u are rite on with the pointing out of our superb drafting

  36. By deucalion44 on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    don’t be stupid HOGS i knew that it was a what if scenario

  37. By HOGS on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Myron Rolle with 100

  38. By alex on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Horrible pick. we just signed another CB from the jets. PASSING UP TAYLOR MAYS WAS A HUGE MISTAKE!!! i cant believe we passed him up. when i got home and saw that i tried to look up brads number to ask him what they were thinking. HUGE mistake. very disappointed.

  39. By alex on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    And to add the my comment. who is chris cook anyways? i have never heard anything about him and honestly… UVA sucks for football. so to think they had a Dback better that mays is just stupid

  40. By DAN on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    The Vikings need to draft a quarterback, even if Bret comes back, we need to look at the future. We need a franchise quarter back and we will never win a superbowl without one. They didnt go after Brees they didnt go after Mcnabb, and they didnt pursue schaub like they should have. They need to take a chance and when the second best qb in the draft falls in your lap and you dont have a qb for the future you take him. They could still a quality db via trade and free agancy. Viking fans should be getting restless.

  41. By alex on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    also my third comment. lol

    favre is coming back. yall are dumb if you think he isnt. he got robbed of a superbowl because of katrina and refs. he will be back.

  42. By DAN on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    By the time we get our next quarter back, Arron rogers will be running the table on the vikes until we get that postion nailed down. I’m tired of coming a little short, we need a SB.

  43. By Ragnar on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t think I like this pick at all. After the big run of CB’s at the end of the 1st round, there wasn’t a lot of difference between Cook and a number of other CB’s that we could have picked up in later rounds (3-4). Then you factor in Jimmy Clausen being there, an elite QB who fell to us like a gift. I sit here and I wonder, what is more important?

    Is it better to…

    A: Draft a rookie CB when we already have 5 adequate CB’s on the roster in Allen, Griffin, Winfield, Sapp and Sheppard. Especailly when you consider that all of the elite CB’s were off of the board and the difference between Cook and CB’s that we could have drafted later was minimal.

    Or…

    B: Draft Jimmy Clausen, the 2nd best QB in this draft class, and a QB which we could groom for the future under Favre and Rosenfels. We could then offload Jackson for a future late round pick. That would be proper planning for the future IMO.

  44. By DTM on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with Dan. was really hoping they’d take clausen. felt like it was pretty low risk. we wouldn’t have to pay him ridiculous money and he could get a year on the bench under favre. if he isn’t the answer it wouldn’t set us back very much picking him in the second round. if he is the answer we might just pick up where we left off when favre leaves. felt like gerhardt was a luxury pick. i would rather us take a luxury pick on a qb at this point

  45. By cody on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    ok john karl get ur facts striaght it was brett farve who extened the play and threw the ball to GREG LEWIS

  46. By HOGS on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Clausen wasnt the answer

  47. By Carl on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Cook will be a bust like marcus mccauley

  48. By medfordvike on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    I was hoping for Taylor Mays or Chad Jones with our 1st pick but Cook has size and is versatile. I hope he’s better than what we passed up. Toby is a perfect pick what can you say. I’m not in the war room but we seem to have a lot of lower round picks that we possibly could have combined and obtained one or two more 2nd Rd or 3rd Rd picks. I was hoping for a ILB, like Brandon Spikes or Sean Lee. We still need a top RT Guard, I think Mike Johnson is still available. If we trade the rest of our picks and get a good guard then we got something out of this.

  49. By WVhoo on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Don’t understand this lack of speed talk regarding Chris Cook. He had the 3rd fastest 40 time of any DB at the combine. He ran a 4.4. Let me just tell you from someone who has watched him for four years in college. The kid can play. He’s big and can run. Hard to find corners with his size and speed combo.

  50. By joe on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    ok jon kari are you retarted? t-jack and culppeper are two picks? we also picked cedric griffin. starting cb. percy harvin. rokkie of the year. phil loadholt. starting linemen. and oh yeah adrian peterson… eevr heard of him? and its glad not glade. idiot

  51. By vikespassion on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    you guys just relax. the Vikes didn’t drafted the QB. Maybe they don’t want to developing a rookie QB, might take along time like Tavaris but no answers. Just look at Matt Linart, and Jay Cutler they’re both high drafted pick. But what could they do?. and the Saints Did they drafted Drew Brees. Experience to read Defense and run the Offense like Payton Manning or Brett Favre made good QB, Talented just not enough without knowing the offense well still makes mistake, maybe we better wait and see some team run out of the salary caps or 2 good QB, realease one, so we go and get him like the Saints for example

  52. By Skiboy on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Does anyone like the idea of drafting Eric Decker (a local boy)?

  53. By John Karl on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Eric Decker played for Gophers would have been way better pick then Cook by all means.
    I give up the vikes going to SP they rather pick maybe he will be good players then college bowl players.

    Joe: is that how you talk to your friends and family saying there Retarted?
    Claussen is the new Favre and Mccoy can be too with more training.
    but no….we all are saying and hoping and praying Favre will be back.
    sorry your dreaming if favre is coming back.
    i bet Childress and staff will pick a OLB, WR (from a small college), Saftey
    that was good for 7 games and got hurt and was out for rest of the season.
    and no one did answer my question who was that player the vikings picked that viking staff said “he’s a good runner & WR but he has to learn how to catch the ball”?
    & my piont is who ever favre threw the deep ball too to win the viking game over 49ers last year ; do you think if jackson was QB instead of favre he could threw a play that?
    the answer is NO!

    Im glade i jumped off bag wagon of the vikings before the 2010 draft started.
    Was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota my favorite two teams are the Houston Texans and Who ever Plays The Vikings :)

  54. By marcus on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    some of you don’t know the biz of the draft? this open up alot of free agents from other teams as well!!! what you don’t get in the draft you got the free agent pool also, the vikes just signed lito shepard cb a good vet from the jets? they needed(toby gerhart) a north south back for a change up that has burst and power to open up the run game for peterson late to close games out!!! major need is Center and Safety maybe gaurd…but the vikes are ok!!!!! cook will learn more from vets like winfield,and lito he will be soild for the vikes. got to patch the oline to keep who ever behind center this year? i hope brett? will see in a few months let go vikes!!!

  55. By Vikes on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Ok….. none of you no as much about these players a the staff so i dont no why you guys are doubting them????
    Ya i would have loved to see Clausen or McCoy but thats a spot they obviously dont feel needs filled…. they see T- Jak everyday at practice he must be getting good….
    and hey John Karl the answer to your question is Troy Williamson, but if your honestly saying 2 bad picks(cook and williamson) sums up 4 yrs of picks your an idiot….. and 3rd no one cares that you dont like the vikings anymore, if you dont get off their website.
    I dont like Decker at 100 i mean we are pretty set at WR… Gerhart was a definate luxury pick but a good one at that
    I have never heard of cook but im not jumping to conclusions… who knows maybe the kid can really play!
    GO VIKINGS!!!

  56. By Vikes on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    O and also whoever said we should wait until next season to draft a QB…. WHo exactly are you thinkin of??????????????

  57. By True Fan on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Ok Karl, if you aren’t a fan and you have lost all freakin faith in the vikings then why are you on the VIKINGS freakin webpage! something tells me that your are mental!

  58. By Laughingoutload on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    John carl: we vikings fans are glad you jumped off the band wagon. For someone who doesnt like the vikings you sure spend alot of time talking about them.

  59. By VaViking on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Chris Cook? First Pick? You gotta be kidding me. I live 60 miles from the UVA campus.This guy is a 4th to 5th rounder at best. I can’t believe so many GOOD players were passed up. Furthermore, what is Brad Childress infatuation with T-Jack? He’s not even a good backup.

  60. By TennesseeVIking on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Trust Our Management, Trust our Coaches, and watch the Vikings win.

  61. By bleedpurple on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    ok im tired of hearing all this talk of “OMG we should have taken clausen or Mccoy, now were gonna suck”. Favre is coming back….thats why the vikes didnt take a qb and also most good qb’s in the league were drafted in the later rounds…it doesnt mean anything if your drafted in round one or two…Rex Grossman….Ryan Leaf…..BUSTS!!! But look at Tom Brady…7th round pick didnt even start in college and hes arguably one of the greatest qb’s ever…vikings are doing a great job drafting

  62. By VIKINGS FAN $ LIFE!!!!!!!!! on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    are all of u stupid, ever since childress came along we have had really good drafts, i mean we drafted sidney rice, adrian peterson, percy harvin, phil loadholt, we took chris cook because he not only can play CB but also the S spot and our weakest position is S, so back off and wait for the next season!!!!!!!!!!!

  63. By Ragnar on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t see how it’s okay for this team not to have a QB for the future on the team. Right now, we have Sage Rosenfels and (probably?) Brett Favre. Tavaris (TJoke) Jackson is a complete waste of a roster spot and it probably the worst QB in the league, so clearly he is not the answer. So, if Favre doesn’t come back, we have only one effective QB on the roster.

    Also, if we don’t get a QB this year, I see us becoming desperate at the position when Favre doesn’t come back in 2011. We’ll have no young QB with a couple of years under his belt, waiting in the wings to take over. Instead, we’ll be like the Carolina Panthers are this year, desperate and completely without optins, drafting two rookies and praying that one of them can pan out the first year.

    Ugh… I hope we pick up John Skelton, Dan LeFevour, Tony Pike or Tim Hiller.

  64. By cholo on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    c’mon hog leave jon karl alone..lol Yo ap is a stud but now there run game is undeniable which helps out b favre gud as getting a ol……

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