The Minnesota Vikings traded up in the second round to select their featured running back.
Minnesota sent the No. 48 pick and a fouth-round selection (No. 128) to the Cincinnati Bengals for the right to take Cook at No. 41.
Cook is a first-round talent that slipped into the second round due to off-field concerns, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
The 5-foot-10, 210-pound back dealt with injuries at FSU and didn’t have the best measurables at the combine, but his game tape made scouts drool. Cook is a three-down back, who averaged 6.5 yards per rush during three college seasons and earned 1,000-plus yards each season.
Cook is a patient runner with quickness in tight spaces, outstanding in the pass game and an effective blocker.
The undersized tailback should fit perfectly in the Vikings‘ offense as a three-down player, who can run out of shotgun and be a threat in the pass attack. When the Vikings released Peterson, GM Rick Spielman noted he wanted a back that fit Minnesota’s offense. The Vikes got that in Cook.