We continue to monitor the hype around players, as we head to the upcoming NFL Draft in late April. And Florida State’s Dalvin Cook is going to be prominently featured and discussed, and rightfully so, as he is arguably the #1 tailback in this draft (and that’s saying something).
So, on Monday night, when the NFL Network started discussing teams and places where certain players will be an ideal “fit,” we perked up.
With the understanding that there are legitimate reasons that this won’t happen, still former QB Michael Robinson and former FB Heath Evans kicked around a team that would be a perfect offense for Cook and why.
— NFL (@NFL) March 21, 2017
We particularly like the insight of Evans having recently worked out with Cook near Miami and giving his first person account/opinion.
Now, as host Dan Hellie mentions in the discussion, the Vikings are a completely far fetched option. This because, they don’t have a #1 pick currently having given it to Philly in their bizarre Sam Bradford trade on the eve of the start of the 2016 season.
And it’s obvious that barring something unforeseen, Cook is going to go in the top 10 to someone. This will likely include a team trying to trade up to get him.
More specifically, Minnesota went ahead and addressed the need at running back signing former UCF standout Latavius Murray in free agency last week. This move also signals that they have 99% moved on from their veteran Pro-Bowler Adrian Peterson, who they cut at the beginning of March saving $17 million.
It also means that trading way up into the first round to get Cook isn’t needed or even likely. But, when these guys talk it up at the NFL media level, it’s worth noting.
And Cook will be in demand.