While he wasn’t taken in the first round, the Minnesota Vikings‘ first selection of the 2017 NFL Draft is garnering buzz that he may be the star the team is looking for.
Dalvin Cook is still waiting to crack the pads in a Vikings uniform, but early indications from minicamp have head coach Mike Zimmer raving about the running back’s talent and speed on the practice field.
“I think he’s got a chance to be special,” Zimmer said on Thursday, according to ESPN’s Ben Goessling. “There was a play yesterday that, (cornerback) Xavier Rhodes is trying to catch him, and he’s hauling now. I just think this guy has got a chance to be pretty good.
“Now, he’s got some things he’s got to work on, like all young backs, but I’ve been very impressed with him this spring.”
There had been concerns about Cook’s athleticism and character after he put forth a subpar combine performance and a got into a slew of minor legal troubles as an amateur. However, the second-round pick has been dispelling those notions early in his pro career.
“It was a great pick by (general manager) Rick (Spielman), being able to make the trade (up in the draft to get Cook),” Zimmer said. “He’s been a great kid off the field. He’s been a great kid in the meetings. We’ll just kind of go from there.”
With fellow running back Latavius Murray on the shelf with an ankle injury, Cook has a good chance of winning the starting job by Week 1 if he keeps up the progress.
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