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Rick's presser:
http://www.vikings.com/media-vault/vide ... 58fbb09514

Interesting answer to the question regarding his leaving negative influences behind in Miami: he knows Xavier and Teddy.
I wonder if they will take him under their wing. I have to say, I am a bit nervous about Cook off the field. On the field, I'm excited.


I'm actually not too worried about the off field stuff, the more I read the more it sounds like it wasn't a huge deal. Some trouble in high school and acquitted (in 25 minutes) in college. Sounds like a lot of the negative press going around was by a "runner" that was supposedly false.

I'm more worried about his injuries and ball security.


I'm guessing you read the same article that I did (the one I posted). Sounds like we came away from it with very different impressions.

I won't go into the specifics, because I don't want to diminish anyone's enthusiasm. We'll see if it really was just the environment. I hope so.


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Brian Murphy: Vikings reinforce the war room is no place for puritans

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As the running backs with first-round pedigrees and scandalous rap sheets plunged deeper into the second round of Friday night’s NFL draft, their value surged, their suitors struck a deal and the Vikings reinforced the war room is no place for puritans.

Marching up seven rungs to No. 41 after swapping places with Cincinnati, Minnesota wisely passed on Oklahoma prospect Joe Mixon, the pariah who was videotaped punching a woman and fracturing several bones in her face three years ago.

Cincinnati used Minnesota’s original pick on Mixon, whose cynical redemption tour will invite scorn everywhere he and the Bengals travel.

There was no prohibitive red dot on general manager Rick Spielman’s draft board for Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, whose numerous run-ins with law enforcement resulted in zero convictions but have invited plenty of scrutiny.


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I think a big thing not really being mentioned is that with Cook's selection, we are transitioning into a zone scheme - I love that. I have wanted this team to run a zone scheme for years. Cook's vision is his best attribute and if we can start the right personnel, we may have an effective rushing attack again.

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I think a big thing not really being mentioned is that with Cook's selection, we are transitioning into a zone scheme - I love that. I have wanted this team to run a zone scheme for years. Cook's vision is his best attribute and if we can start the right personnel, we may have an effective rushing attack again.



I wonder if they're transitioning in that direction or not If so, Sparano seems an odd fit as OL coach, at least based on what I know about him.


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While Cook is not a bad pick, he is no Mixon. Mixon was the best back in this draft.


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Lose AD, draft a RB. Definitely didn't see this coming. Wait, it's exactly what you should expect from this GM.
And another huge steal? Fell in the draft! Wow! Wonder what the issues are? Ball security? Injuries? Off the field?
All of the above! Fantastic.

And drafting any RB this early? After seeing the overall value of the position in recent history?

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Lose AD, draft a RB. Definitely didn't see this coming. Wait, it's exactly what you should expect from this GM.
And another huge steal? Fell in the draft! Wow! Wonder what the issues are? Ball security? Injuries? Off the field?
All of the above! Fantastic.

And drafting any RB this early? After seeing the overall value of the position in recent history?

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three were taken before him. His only blemish is the off the field nonsense. Dude is a beast


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Lose AD, draft a RB. Definitely didn't see this coming. Wait, it's exactly what you should expect from this GM.
And another huge steal? Fell in the draft! Wow! Wonder what the issues are? Ball security? Injuries? Off the field?
All of the above! Fantastic.

And drafting any RB this early? After seeing the overall value of the position in recent history?

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three were taken before him. His only blemish is the off the field nonsense. Dude is a beast

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Lose AD, draft a RB. Definitely didn't see this coming. Wait, it's exactly what you should expect from this GM.
And another huge steal? Fell in the draft! Wow! Wonder what the issues are? Ball security? Injuries? Off the field?
All of the above! Fantastic.

And drafting any RB this early? After seeing the overall value of the position in recent history?

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You would find a way to dislike this pick :roll:

I'm starting to think that no matter who Spielman picks, he's bad in your eyes. And that's exactly why I take what you say with a grain of salt

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While Cook is not a bad pick, he is no Mixon. Mixon was the best back in this draft.

And exactly what does that matter? Reports on ESPN were than only four teams were even willing to talk to Joe Mixon, let alone draft him.

And now the Bengals are going to hand this guy a signing bonus check for more than $2 million? Gee, what's the over/under on the number of weeks before Mixon finds himself on another police blotter? Three? Four?

I love the drafting of Cook, whom most analysts are calling a second-round pick with first-round talent.

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While Cook is not a bad pick, he is no Mixon. Mixon was the best back in this draft.

And exactly what does that matter? Reports on ESPN were than only four teams were even willing to talk to Joe Mixon, let alone draft him.

And now the Bengals are going to hand this guy a signing bonus check for more than $2 million? Gee, what's the over/under on the number of weeks before Mixon finds himself on another police blotter? Three? Four?


It's probably not much different than the over/under that Cook will, considering his track record.


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Knock off the good fan/bad fan stuff.

Disagree and respond to the post, do not attack the poster.


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J. Kapp 11 wrote:
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While Cook is not a bad pick, he is no Mixon. Mixon was the best back in this draft.

And exactly what does that matter? Reports on ESPN were than only four teams were even willing to talk to Joe Mixon, let alone draft him.

And now the Bengals are going to hand this guy a signing bonus check for more than $2 million? Gee, what's the over/under on the number of weeks before Mixon finds himself on another police blotter? Three? Four?


It's probably not much different than the over/under that Cook will, considering his track record.

Cook hasn't had any problems since high school, according to Peter King, who says the college stuff comes from the unfounded rumor mill of a competitor agent's runner.

Hard to know what's true, but if I trust anybody in journalism, it's Peter King.

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Cook hasn't had any problems since high school, according to Peter King, who says the college stuff comes from the unfounded rumor mill of a competitor agent's runner.

Hard to know what's true, but if I trust anybody in journalism, it's Peter King.


I trust him too but according to an article I read on King's MMQB site, Cook had run-ins with law enforcement on at least 3 occasions during his freshman year in college and during the summer before his sophomore year he was accused of punching a woman, was charged with assault and was then suspended from the team. He was found not guilty on the assault charge. There was reasonable doubt but he has a troubling history and it continued after high school. I think there's genuine cause for concern with this kid. He's just been in trouble too often, over too much time.


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I expect Mixon to have temper problems a lot sooner then I have problems with Cook being an immature idiot and doing stupid things. Rick seemed to think Cook was serious when he said twice, he was leaving the Miami scene behind him. Going to be interesting to see which of the 2 turns out to be the better all around back in 4 or so years. Wonder how Bradford feels about the Cook pick.


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I expect Mixon to have temper problems a lot sooner then I have problems with Cook being an immature idiot and doing stupid things. Rick seemed to think Cook was serious when he said twice, he was leaving the Miami scene behind him. Going to be interesting to see which of the 2 turns out to be the better all around back in 4 or so years. Wonder how Bradford feels about the Cook pick.


I would have preferred to see the Vikes stay away from both players.


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Cook hasn't had any problems since high school, according to Peter King, who says the college stuff comes from the unfounded rumor mill of a competitor agent's runner.

Hard to know what's true, but if I trust anybody in journalism, it's Peter King.


I trust him too but according to an article I read on King's MMQB site, Cook had run-ins with law enforcement on at least 3 occasions during his freshman year in college and during the summer before his sophomore year he was accused of punching a woman, was charged with assault and was then suspended from the team. He was found not guilty on the assault charge. There was reasonable doubt but he has a troubling history and it continued after high school. I think there's genuine cause for concern with this kid. He's just been in trouble too often, over too much time.

You're correct ... I'm mistaken. He did have some issues early in his career at FSU. However, he was found not guilty by a jury on the charge of punching a woman. He's also reported to have turned a corner in the latter part of his FSU career, and stopped going back to Miami to hang with the old crowd.

As King reported, a lot of kids coming out of Miami Dade have early problems. It's abject poverty there, and rough crowds. Cook's grandma has been a huge influence in his life, and while he's made mistakes, he's also grown.

I'd rather give a chance to someone like that than to someone like Mixon. YMMV.

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While Cook is not a bad pick, he is no Mixon. Mixon was the best back in this draft.

And exactly what does that matter? Reports on ESPN were than only four teams were even willing to talk to Joe Mixon, let alone draft him.

And now the Bengals are going to hand this guy a signing bonus check for more than $2 million? Gee, what's the over/under on the number of weeks before Mixon finds himself on another police blotter? Three? Four?

I love the drafting of Cook, whom most analysts are calling a second-round pick with first-round talent.


I think Cook is a quality back. Mixon is just better. By a good margin. Actually, way better. It made little sense to trade up (with the Bengals) to grab Cook. The Bengals grabbed Mixon in the Vikings spot. The Bengals were likely going to grab Mixon regardless so we just handed them a free bonus pick. I believe a person can change dramatically in 2 years time. Mixon is going on 3 years now of keeping his nose clean. I don't fault selecting Cook. I fault how the selection was handled.


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I believe there was something on Showtime that followed the Seminoles. Supposedly it gives a lot of insight into Cook. I can't recall where I heard this, it was either on NFLN or maybe Reddit.


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According to Sports Science, John Ross and Dalvin Cook had the same 20-yard split in pads: 2.67.



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According to Sports Science, Cook has the second fastest top speed of any RB they've tested in the past five years.



Can anyone find the sport science clip?

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I think Cook is a quality back. Mixon is just better. By a good margin. Actually, way better.



Can you elaborate? It's just that I have a hard time believing Mixon being that much better when OK had a much better OL than FLST. Despite this, Cook had 500 more rushing yds and scored 10 more TDs.

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On the subject of Cook v Mixon does anyone know if there is truth to Wilf ending the discussion? I can't remember where I saw it but I swear somewhere on draft day I saw something mentioned that the war room was in on Mixon until Wilf squashed it.


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I think Cook is a quality back. Mixon is just better. By a good margin. Actually, way better.



Can you elaborate? It's just that I have a hard time believing Mixon being that much better when OK had a much better OL than FLST. Despite this, Cook had 500 more rushing yds and scored 10 more TDs.


Better vertical runner, better juker, better receiver, better leap frogger, better stiff arm. Mixon split time with Perine as well.


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I think Cook is a quality back. Mixon is just better. By a good margin. Actually, way better.



Can you elaborate? It's just that I have a hard time believing Mixon being that much better when OK had a much better OL than FLST. Despite this, Cook had 500 more rushing yds and scored 10 more TDs.


Better vertical runner, better juker, better receiver, better leap frogger, better stiff arm. Mixon split time with Perine as well.


Better leap frogger?? :lol: Thats a new one

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Check out the long article on the Daily Norseman about Cook:
http://www.dailynorseman.com/2017/5/1/1 ... alvin-cook

It's a pretty in-depth look. It put my mind at ease. Actually, it got me really psyched for the start of the season.


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Found his sports science clip

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rqh5y9a ... u.be&t=29s

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I expect Mixon to have temper problems a lot sooner then I have problems with Cook being an immature idiot and doing stupid things. Rick seemed to think Cook was serious when he said twice, he was leaving the Miami scene behind him. Going to be interesting to see which of the 2 turns out to be the better all around back in 4 or so years. Wonder how Bradford feels about the Cook pick.


I would have preferred to see the Vikes stay away from both players.


Exactly.
The position isn't worth investing an early pick in. You can find production in free agency or mid to late round players.
And in Shurmur's offense? This team has a number of needs. There were players at far more valuable positions available.

And I'm "negative(bad fan)"? There are plenty of posters who will pat the team on the pack for any pick they make. And reinforce every post that's made. I don't think the Elflein pick was bad. Even though I question Spielman and his signing/drafting players that are "multi-position" players that don't seen great at either position (and flare out when they're moved to the other position).

You have dozens of "good fan" posts talking about how great the pick is, and you have to single out the one post that questions it? Look at the free agents and draft picks this team has made, and how many worked out. Who is closer to the truth? :confused:


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I expect Mixon to have temper problems a lot sooner then I have problems with Cook being an immature idiot and doing stupid things. Rick seemed to think Cook was serious when he said twice, he was leaving the Miami scene behind him. Going to be interesting to see which of the 2 turns out to be the better all around back in 4 or so years. Wonder how Bradford feels about the Cook pick.


I would have preferred to see the Vikes stay away from both players.


Exactly.
The position isn't worth investing an early pick in. You can find production in free agency or mid to late round players.
And in Shurmur's offense? This team has a number of needs. There were players at far more valuable positions available.

And I'm "negative(bad fan)"? There are plenty of posters who will pat the team on the pack for any pick they make. And reinforce every post that's made. I don't think the Elflein pick was bad. Even though I question Spielman and his signing/drafting players that are "multi-position" players that don't seen great at either position (and flare out when they're moved to the other position).

You have dozens of "good fan" posts talking about how great the pick is, and you have to single out the one post that questions it? Look at the free agents and draft picks this team has made, and how many worked out. Who is closer to the truth? :confused:


Who are you addressing with those last two paragraphs? You weren't singled out. Your post upthread was fine.


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The Cook pick reminds me of the same splash pick the Vikings made with Moss and Peterson. Especially in regards to Moss and the character question marks.


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Demi wrote:
Lose AD, draft a RB. Definitely didn't see this coming. Wait, it's exactly what you should expect from this GM.
And another huge steal? Fell in the draft! Wow! Wonder what the issues are? Ball security? Injuries? Off the field?
All of the above! Fantastic.

And drafting any RB this early? After seeing the overall value of the position in recent history?

:wallbang:


My concern with Cook is his running style more than where he was drafted. He's fast, but he's more of a straight-line runner who needs good blocking. You don't see too many highlights where Cook has to cut back or slow down to find an alternative opening. Without good blocking up front I don't know if Cook will get to show his blazing speed very often.

It'll be interesting to see what impact Cook has. An argument can be made that there were better players at other positions of need, but if Cook is productive and effective the pick will be viewed as a good one.


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