In last year’s NFL Draft, Dalvin Cook was deemed a first round value at the running back position. There was plenty of evidence to suggest that he was one of the best in the draft at his position. Keep in mind, last years draft consisted of Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey, Joe Mixon, Alvin Kamara, Kareem Hunt, and Tarik Cohen. No shortage of high quality running backs.
Cook fell into the second round because there were concerns about the people who were close to him and whether or not they were a good influence on him. If anyone follows Dalvin on instagram or keeps up with him via other social media, you will know that he is a soft spoken and friendly individual and has not exhibited any type of character that would suggest otherwise.
With the 41st overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings selected Dalvin Cook after trading with the Cincinnati Bengals to move up in the draft. The Vikings wound up with an absolute steal in the second round and the video below is proof of that.
It was really sad to see him tear his ACL so early in the season but he has been working hard ever since then to get back on the field. Cook not only has the ability to run between the tackles and make defenders miss, he can catch the ball out of the backfield which is a necessary attribute in today’s NFL. His ability to make defenders miss is special. He is so shifty in tight positions as well as in the open field.
Look for new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, to utilize all of Cook’s strengths to make Kirk Cousins’ life a little easier. Cook’s production will also be a key role in running the clock out late in games. It gives our defense a needed breather to keep them rested and ready to play a full game for the entire regular season and hopefully deep into the playoffs. Dalvin Cook is just another reason, as if there weren’t enough already, to be excited about the upcoming football season.
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