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.