The Minnesota Vikings picked Virginia Cornerback Chris Cook and Stanford Running Back Toby Gerhart in the second round of 2010 NFL Draft, according to ESPN.com. Cook happened to be the first pick overall for Minnesota, who traded their first round pick to Detroit Thursday evening. This gave the Minnesota Vikings a chance to have a high second round pick (Cook was 34th overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft. Minnesota got Toby Gerhart by making a deal with Houston to where they got to pick the Stanford standout 51st overall (19th in the second round). The Vikes shored up their offensive and defensive backfields with these second round choices.
The Minnesota Vikings Potentially Helped Their Defense By Picking Chris Cook in the 2010 NFL Draft
As has been shown via the graphics of ESPN’s coverage that began Thursday from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Minnesota needs help in their pass defense, which ranked 19th last year and gave up some big pass plays, especially on third downs. Chris Cook has some pretty impressive stats, according to ESPN.com. He stands at 6’2″, meaning he’s got some height, and his NFL Combine stats showed that he’s got good speed, running a 4.46 40-yard dash (Kyle Wilson had the best mark for Cornerbacks at 4.42), a 4.23 20-yard shuttle (AJ Jefferson was at 4 seconds flat), and did the 3-cone drill in 6.88 (Marshay Green was at 6.66). The Virginia Cornerback even had the best broad jump at 132.0 inches. For Virginia last season, Cook had 40 tackles and 4 interceptions
The 2010 NFL Draft Saw The Minnesota Vikings Potentially Strengthen Their Adrian Peterson-led Backfield with Toby Gerhart
Minnesota picked smart in getting the Stanford star, who ran for 1,871 yards on 343 attempts, scoring 27 touchdowns in 2009, according to ESPN.com. The Vikings no longer have Chester Taylor, who went to the Chicago Bears, so this team needs someone to compliment Adrian Peterson, and even help fill his role if he were to be injured. Standing at 6’0″ and weighing 231 pounds, this guy won’t be the easiest runner to take down. His NFL Combine stats were pretty impressive, showing he’s got good speed compared to other running backs. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.60 (Jahvid Best had the best running back time at 4.35), the 3-cone drill in 6.94 (Best was at 6.75), and did the 20-yard shuttle in 4.25 (Dexter McCluster was at 4.06).
Even though the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft took place Friday, the Minnesota Vikings didn’t have any picks, as their pick went to the Houston Texans. As for the fourth round and beyond, the Purple People Eaters currently have, as of early Saturday morning, the second pick in Round 4 (100th overall). If a decent quarterback is still around, the Vikes need to take a chance on that position because the Brett Farve situation isn’t solid, and he’s not going to be around for years to come either. Minnesota needs a good field general and/or needs to develop a dominant quarterback to help get them to the Super Bowl. Does this team really believe Tarvaris Jackson is the answer post-Brett Farve?
Sources for this article about Day 2 of the 2010 NFL Draft that saw the Minnesota Vikings choose Chris Cook and Toby Gerhart in the second round:
2010 NFL Draft, Days 1-2, April 22-23, ESPN/ESPN 2 (live coverage)
Minnesota Vikings 2010 Picks: http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft/teams?team=min&year=2010&_slug_=minnesota-vikings&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fnfl%2fdraft%2fteams%3fteam%3dmin%26year%3d2010%26_slug_%3dminnesota-vikings, ESPN.com (subject to updating)
Chris Cook: http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft/player/combine?id=25782&_slug_=chris-cook&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fnfl%2fdraft%2fplayer%2fcombine%3fid%3d25782%26_slug_%3dchris-cook, ESPN.com
Toby Gerhart: http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft/player/combine?id=25561&_slug_=toby-gerhart&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fnfl%2fdraft%2fplayer%2fcombine%3fid%3d25561%26_slug_%3dtoby-gerhart, ESPN.com