COOKing at OTAs (Day 3)

A lot of fans, myself included, were not thrilled by Chris Cook being our #1 pick, even if it was in round 2. Although it had been known for quite some time that Frazier was a huge Cook fan, it just felt like a letdown. So, with Defense the focus on day 3 of OTAs, it was good to see Leslie’s boy was standing out. On the Vikings.com blog, written by Mike Wobschall, he pointed out some of the highlights, but I just want to focus a bit on Cook.

“After opening up with some special teams drill work – a staple of Brad Childress’ practices – the Vikings defense focused on turnovers. Players were split up into groups by position and the defensive coaches conducted drills that condition players to be aggressive in forcing fumbles and also recovering those fumbles. One drill had DBs chopping their feet and moving laterally across obstacles for 10 yards and then sprinting forward to scoop up a fumble and return it to the endzone. Another drill required DL and LBs to execute a pass rush move (swim, rip, bull rush) and then rake the ball from a tackling dummy. Yet another drill asked DBs and LBs to punch the ball out of a ball-carriers possession and the recover the fumble.

Standouts in those drills included CBs Chris Cook and Lito Sheppard (lateral shuffle and fumble recovery) and DE Brian Robison (pass rush and stripping the ball).

– Although because of the no contact rule the 1-on-1 drills aren’t quite as intense and realistic, there is still a lot of valuable work that can be accomplished. In today’s 1-on-1 DB/WR drill, rookie CB Chris Cook – selected with the 34th overall pick in last month’s draft – came up with an INT. On the very next play, former University of Minnesota Golden Gopher CB Marcus Sherels had blanket coverage against WR Taye Biddle as QB Tarvaris Jackson launched a deep pass down the field.”

Hopefully Cook can transfer is physical attributes into something great on Sundays, and make us take this “eh” feeling about him (like we all had for K-Will) and turn it in to major love ASAP. If nothing else, this is a good start.

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11 Responses to “COOKing at OTAs (Day 3)”

  1. […] If I hear him say that one more time, what little stubble there is left of me is going to molt! Chris Cook, Chris “Effin” Cook! I get it, you like him! And I know how nice it is to be proved […]

  2. vikingfan1490 says:

    let me guess u wanted them to drafted either the overrated safety from usc taylor mays..or jimmy clausen right both guys r gonna be a bust . clausen is going to be the next quinn and mays prob wont even be a safety he will end up a olb vecuz he cant catch or read offense. i like the pick of cook he has alot of what the vikings cbs dnt have size speed and he can catch . if he went to a overrated team like usc he would have been drafted in the 1st

    • Mike says:

      Actually I like cook, I just was disappointed in trading down and all… I knew they liked him, but the fact that they were talking to Wilson as he got picked just leaves me with that “runner up” taste in my mouth…

    • HeHateMe says:

      Player haters are easy to spot.

      I did not see where he posted anything about Clausen or Mays. He may have wanted Robinson or Saffold for all we know.

      Yet you felt it necessary to talk trash about two guys who had MUCH BETTER coolegiate careers than Cook.

      Mays is overrated. Yeah right. Three time All American, played hurt last year and still had 96 tackles (more than Cook). The problem is you hate for USC is clouding your thought process.

      Mays is a much better prospect than Cook. So is Clausen. You only can go by what they did in college and Cook never made All Conference anything his entire career. Not even honorable mention. So the coaches and media who watch the ACC did not even feel he was good enough for one of those honors.

      But the Vikings did not want a safety or QB so they took the CB prospect Cook.

      I will support Cook though and I think that he could eventually end up at free safety.

      Always got to be some hater posting nonsense.

      • vikingfan1490 says:

        it is true i dnt like usc ,but i did like griffen before he was drafted by the vikings now i like him more the only reason i threw mays and clausen out there is most of the people out there said those to and if u look at mays he is roy williams 2.0 not a goog safety and if cook played for usc he would have got awards but becuz college football is bias and always put usc in the top even though they couldnt hold any team in the sec jock strap ..and clausen is a stronger armed quinn look at him and …i do agree he might end up at safety . i just fealt that people always seem to jump that this player isnt good becuz the school he went to isnt as popular as other schools . and by the way im a lsu fan that defended harvin last year when people didnt like that pick over michael oher

  3. Norseman66 says:

    The Williams Wall is still intact for now. They’ve won their injunction!

  4. vikingfan1490 says:

    yeah i to was kinda like darn when the jets took kyle wilson ,but i think taking cook in the long run might work out better for us this way teams have to plan for a guy who can stick there tallest wr and jump with him , unlike with winfield(my fav viking of all time) , griffin , and sapp . becuz they are all short..plus with his speed im not seeing many tall wr burning him , ala fitz is not that quick and he can keep up will megatron …..but we need to put asher allen in at safety over williams the waste of money that he is should be gone by now ..the reason i say asher allen is i have notice people have said put winfield back there but allen is very similar to winfield plus with him and sanford who should be our starter we will finally have safeties that like to run people over not get ran over

  5. […] COOKing at OTAs – Mike from Vikings Gab reports a story about 2nd round draft pick Chris Cook and new DB Lito Sheppard from OTAs […]

  6. G.P. says:

    Call me crazy but I’m a bit skeptical of Cooks ability to produce results as a CB. This isn’t to say he does not posses talent or skill only that the vikes have a variety of talent and others are possibly better suited to play CB. It’s a very demanding position that requires little fear and much physical aggression. If Cook doses not have it by now he pry isn’t going to accquire it overnight or in time to really instill fear in his opponents on Sunday in the upcoming season. In the South we have a saying ” A good hunting dog started out as a biting pup ” You can’t make a fierce dog out of a mild puppy and Cook seems pretty mild. I think he would do well at another position. I just don’t think he has the mentality to play CB at the pro level where mindset and fighters mentality are key.

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