The Vikings top 2 selections in the 2010 NFL Draft seem to fit the mold for what the Purple are looking for in adding depth and strengthening particular areas on both sides of the football.
CB Chris Cook will have the opportunity to play a significant role in helping the secondary as Antoine Winfield and Cedric Griffen are recovering from injuries, while RB Toby Gerhart has relieved concerns from Vikings fans on the backup RB position after the departure of Chester Taylor to the Chicago Bears via free agency.
“My goal is to contribute to the team in any way I can, whether it be special teams, nickel package, where ever they want me, I’m just out here trying to help the team win games,” Cook said.
Cook, a 6-2, 212 pound CB, also feels that his size will offer him a slight advantage in coverage at the NFL level.
“There’s some big receivers out there that can run and jump and do everything that you want them to do, and me being a bigger corner, I feel like that’s a little bit of an advantage for me over those 5-9 guys, 5-8 guys,” Cook said.
Head coach Brad Childress agreed with Cook on the notion of his size offering a big plus going against big WRs.
“Provided that he can do everything that a corner has to do in this league, there is no down side to being bigger in stature,” Childress said. “You don’t get bodied when the ball goes down the field playing against a guy like the one from Detroit (Calvin Johnson). There are receivers with length and at that time is nice to have a corner with length. All things being equal there is no downside to that.”
Also looking to contribute to a Vikings team that was one play away from reaching the Super Bowl last season is Gerhart.
“I’m confident in my abilities,” Gerhart said. “Whatever role they have me embrace I’m just going to try to work hard and contribute […] It’s the first day of practice so I’m just trying to learn the system and learn the rules and just make the team.”
Gerhart has been gifted with great athleticism and versatility; both were factors leading the Vikings to trade up and grab him in the 2nd round. Childress also noted after the 1st day of the 3-day rookie minicamp on his overall impressions of the 6-0, 231 pound RB out of Stanford.
“It’s a big, thick body,” Childress said. “You can see it on film and you can see it on tape. It will be interesting when he gets padded up and see how he comes out the other end. He catches it way better then anybody probably gives him credit for. You can’t be a centerfielder and not be able to catch the ball and have some hand-eye coordination. He can do all those things and I know how looks at the inside zone because that is on tape.”
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