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Minnesota Vikings draft ex-FSU star Dalvin Cook



Former Florida State star running back Dalvin Cook didn't have to wait too long on Day 2. Cook went to the Vikings with the No. 41 overall pick after Minnesota traded up to get him in the second round.

The Miami native is the highest Seminoles running back drafted in 20 years, since Warrick Dunn went No. 12 to the Bucs. It's a fitting comparison for the 5-10, 210-pound Cook, considering he spent his time in Tallahassee chasing Dunn as the best back in program history.

Cook left FSU with a school-record 4,464 career rushing yards - the most an ACC back has ever recorded in only three seasons. After a stellar sophomore season, he vowed to become a better receiving target. Cook did - his 33 catches and 488 yards were second on the team last fall.

His 48 total touchdowns (46 rushing, two receiving) were one shy of Dunn's record, even though Dunn spent one more season in Tallahassee than Cook. Now we'll see if Cook can match Dunn's NFL productivity. Dunn made three Pro Bowls and rushed for almost 11,000 yards over his 12 years in the league (including six with the Bucs).

"This guy is a tremendous guy," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said earlier this week. "Never had any issues with him. One of the best guys I've coached."

FSU (and some opposing coaches) called him the country's most explosive player, and his 35 rushes of at least 20 yards over the last two seasons backed up the claim.

But Cook is imperfect. His numbers at the NFL's scouting combine didn't show the athleticism of a top-tier back. He had multiple run-ins with the law, including a BB gun fight and a charge that he punched a woman in the face in 2015 (he was acquitted). Those helped him fall out of the first round.

[Last modified: Friday, April 28, 2017 7:55pm]


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