Chris Cook bolsters Minnesota Vikings' injury-plagued secondary

Chris Cook knew the Vikings were intrigued by his size, ballhawking skills and ability to provide playmaking depth to a secondary dinged by injury. Full Story
Deer Tracks

Yankton, SD

#21 Apr 24, 2010
linokid wrote:
Old mans gonna get hurt and the division goes to the bears, vikes are gonna be deer in the headlights
"lino", Don't shake your numbskull, your brain droppings will fall out....It appears that the Vikings will have another great team this year...All you anti-Vikings just crawl back under that manure pile, and stay there.....
Deer Tracks

Yankton, SD

#22 Apr 24, 2010
linked wrote:
<quoted text>and how many super bowls do the queens have? Having lived in Minnesota for so long that's my favorite line.
You have not "lived" in Minnesota, just lived under a Dung-heap, just jump across the river to Wisconsin...They would welcome a turd like you to join the other anti-vikings..

“sorry we're out of cheese”

Since: Feb 07

jacksonville beach, FL

#23 Apr 24, 2010
what does that have anything to do with how bad the bears have sucked lately? and will continue to suck.. having not lived in MN ever i wonder at the stupidity of your statement due to the fact you live there and think that is funny. Im sure most people that live there are not as friggin goofy as you appear to be

“sorry we're out of cheese”

Since: Feb 07

jacksonville beach, FL

#24 Apr 24, 2010
oops that was a reply to lipokid
Joe Harmon

Neenah, WI

#25 Apr 24, 2010
The secondary is OK now? Good tackler? You're kidding, right?

From scout.com (hint: We have another Tyrell Johnson here, except at corner. Horrible pick by an imbecile coach):

Read & React: A step slow reacting to the play if he doesn't see it coming. Keeps his head on a swivel and will sneak a peek at the quarterback. Isn't able to generate the quick burst to close on the ball -- has long legs and only marginal foot quickness. Allows too many easy receptions. Does not possess the second gear to catch up when beaten vertically.

Doesn't have the flexibility and quick feet to mirror receivers, but is faster than he looks and is able to cheat back to the ball.

Zone Coverage: High backpedal, but has a smooth enough swivel to change direction. Reads the passer to make up for his lack of preferred burst.
Closing/Recovery: Has only marginal burst to make up ground quickly, though he does have at least moderate straight-line speed.

Run Support: Good size and strength to fight through blocks and make tackles in run support, but has to show more consistency. Doesn't use his hands well enough to disengage and prefers to elude blocks. Questionable toughness for the transition to safety.

Tackling: Generally reliable drag-down tackler. Too often is the nail, rather than the hammer, catching the ballcarrier and hanging on rather than driving through the ballcarrier. Lowers his head, which can lead to missed tackles.

Intangibles: Twice suspended for academics while at Virginia, missing the 2008 Gator Bowl at the end of the 2007 season and the entire 2008 season. Considered leaving early for the NFL draft, but instead returned and emerged as a team leader in 2009.

This should work real well against the Packers pass offense. They'll love throwing his way.

“sorry we're out of cheese”

Since: Feb 07

jacksonville beach, FL

#26 Apr 24, 2010
but instead returned and emerged as a team leader in 2009.
Bobinthehook

Charlottesville, VA

#27 Apr 24, 2010
Not to rain on your parade but check out what Pittsburgh's 6th round steal did to your 2nd round pick last year.

“HHhhhoooowwwlll”

Since: Feb 08

Craigville

#28 Apr 24, 2010
Joe Harmon wrote:
This should work real well against the Packers pass offense. They'll love throwing his way.
The same pucker team that hasn't beaten Minnesota in the last three tries?
Show some dignity and try the Lions board, you may beat them out for last place this year.

“sorry we're out of cheese”

Since: Feb 07

jacksonville beach, FL

#30 Apr 24, 2010
Bobinthehook wrote:
Not to rain on your parade but check out what Pittsburgh's 6th round steal did to your 2nd round pick last year.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =e_Ms_cdT9u0XX
mr. cook got runned ova lmao. a good rb should be able to beat a corner and get yardage but this play makes me seriously doubt this pick. someone please show me something that makes this guy worth the selection.
muskratbob

Elkins, WV

#31 Apr 24, 2010
With all the draft picks and what we've got if we can't stop things in the secondary defense we might as well give up. We should be great there but the trouble is we got to stop linebackers from getting to brett favre. Especially like the last game call's or no call's for hitting from behind long after the ball is gone thats why his ankle is sore. We must protect favre at all costs and that's no bull just a fact. Beleive what you will but if we want to keep him we must protect him. go vikings.
KanFan

Wichita, KS

#32 Apr 24, 2010
Mel Kiper, when asked what team did NOT have a good draft, said "Minnesota". Sadly, I agree. Detroit picked our pocket, and then N.O. stole our player (Robinson-CB). Seems to me the Vikes did not draft for need, even though there were several players who were there (OG,LB,QB. Perhaps what we have are better than what was available...let's hope so. GO VIKES!!!
Joe Harmon

Neenah, WI

#33 Apr 24, 2010
Report on Cook con't - scout.com :

Doesn't play as fast as he timed. Is sort of a cornerback/safety tweener. He's not as good in man coverage as a corner but not as physical as you'd like for a safety. Gets fooled too often by double moves and fakes. Effort against the run is inconsistent. As big as he is, you'd expect Cook to be a better tackler. Ball skills are suspect. Doesn't have good hands and didn't break up a lot of passes. Suspended multiple times for academics. Has had some injury issues – a groin injury during Senior Bowl week, a knee sprain in 2007 and a broken leg in 2005.

Final word: Cook is a risky player. he's sort of a man without a position. He lacks the athleticism to be a top cornerback and doesn't play physical enough to be a safety. He didn't play football in 2008 after being ruled academically ineligible.

Nice pick, Childress moron.
scd

Mount Pleasant, SC

#34 Apr 24, 2010
Other than the fourth round, a complete waste of a draft. We trade our first round down to a division rival (idiotic) and then select a corner that we could have picked in the fourth round. He wasn't even ranked in the top 20 corners in the draft. Gerhart was taken too soon and is not a need. We did very little to help the team. I give it a D
Mike

Saint Cloud, MN

#35 Apr 24, 2010
I laugh at all these forty times, broadjumps and vertical leaps. We've seen guys here who can run like the wind who can't catch a football. We've seen guys here who can run like the wind who can't tackle anybody. The bottom line of success for a cornerback is...can you tackle someone in the open field (Winfield) and can you cover someone one on one? I can't count the guys who came out of college who can't cover ANYONE! There's a lot of us who can stand in the defensive backfield and watch the quarterback and try to run to the ball. The Vikings tried that at the end of Denny Green's career. It didn't work.
muskratbob

Elkins, WV

#36 Apr 24, 2010
KanFan wrote:
Mel Kiper, when asked what team did NOT have a good draft, said "Minnesota". Sadly, I agree. Detroit picked our pocket, and then N.O. stole our player (Robinson-CB). Seems to me the Vikes did not draft for need, even though there were several players who were there (OG,LB,QB. Perhaps what we have are better than what was available...let's hope so. GO VIKES!!!
Forget the jerk mel kiper he want's everything his way he through a fit when denver chose tim tebow ahead of the other quarterbacks < he was chosen second> the vikings can win it all but a total team effert is what it'll take. alan funcua former jet released guard from jets would be great he blocked for brett favre when he was a jet. also some old packers linemen who are discarded and played with favre and still have it would be great addition to the vikes.
Mike H

Fifty Lakes, MN

#37 Apr 24, 2010
I am now on record against passing on next Ronnie Lott

The Vikings will come to regret their first pick, passing on free safety Taylor Mays (who was needed to replace Madieu Williams in their zone D). Instead, they reached to get to cornerback Chris Cook. I agree they needed a corner, but I would have traded up to get Cook in middle second round, and passed on Toby Gerhart (a wish of RB coach Eric Bienemy). DE Griffen was a good value pick in the fourth. But OT Chris Degeare in the fifth and WR Joe Webb in the sixth were low rated. If the Vikes didn’t think Albert Young was a good enough power back, I would have taken in the fifth round an almost as high rated power RB as Gerhart from Jonathan Dwyer, Anthony Dixon or Charles Scott. Then, they could have drafted a different offensive lineman in the sixth round and pass on Webb if they couldn’t get him in the seventh.

“HHhhhoooowwwlll”

Since: Feb 08

Craigville

#38 Apr 24, 2010
bulldog3 wrote:
<quoted text>
mr. cook got runned ova lmao. a good rb should be able to beat a corner and get yardage but this play makes me seriously doubt this pick. someone please show me something that makes this guy worth the selection.
Ask, and you shall not receive.
We'll know about Cook soon, his draft stock jumped with a very good senior bowl and workout. Here is something to take your mind off of Cook:
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/video/nfl/20...

“HHhhhoooowwwlll”

Since: Feb 08

Craigville

#39 Apr 24, 2010
Joe Harmon wrote:
Nice pick, Childress moron.
He's doing much better than McMuffin, the TT stooly.
The puckers jettison their best D-Lineman Kampman because he doesn't fit the 3-4, then draft a DE taylor made for the 4-3. http://www.nfl.com/draft/2010/profiles/c.j.-w...

They also draft an interior lineman suited for the 4-3:
http://www.nfl.com/draft/2010/profiles/mike-n...

The last 3 Viking drafts got you down?
Too stinkin bad, and get used to it.
VikingGolfer

Columbus, OH

#40 Apr 24, 2010
I love to see cook at Safety where we need the most help.. When Griffin comes back you may see him there.
GO VIKES!!!
CT Viking Fan

New Milford, CT

#41 Apr 25, 2010
KanFan wrote:
Mel Kiper, when asked what team did NOT have a good draft, said "Minnesota". Sadly, I agree. Detroit picked our pocket, and then N.O. stole our player (Robinson-CB). Seems to me the Vikes did not draft for need, even though there were several players who were there (OG,LB,QB. Perhaps what we have are better than what was available...let's hope so. GO VIKES!!!
I wouldn't disagree with you. On the up side, Mel has been off the mark on quite a few players over the past couple of years. We should still have enough talent to take the division. That's a start.

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