Vikings trade up to draft Dalvin Cook

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But, they landed a running back with first-round talent early on Day 2, grabbing Florida State's Dalvin Cook with the 41st overall pick.

Cook was tremendously productive in college, but his athletic testing numbers didn't measure up to some of the other backs in the class, and there were concerns about his ball security and some off-field concerns.

Minnesota will open up the 2017 season against the New Orleans Saints, the team in which Adrian Peterson recently signed a two-year deal.

Cook was a 1,000-yard rusher as a freshman at FSU and then increased his production even more, with back-to-back seasons with 19 touchdowns and at least 1,600 rushing yards, eventually breaking Warrick Dunn's school career rushing record. He says Cook told him he'd leave troubles, bad crowd in the past. Cook was every bit as productive as those counterparts. They selected Florida State runningback Dalvin Cook.

"I think this kid has really, really matured over the last couple of years, and we have no concerns at all about him being a Minnesota Viking", Spielman said.

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Walker was a consensus All-American in 2016 and was named Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year. After Day 2 of the National Football League draft Friday, they believe they've done just that.

There are risks associated with Cook, but the Vikings' first selection of the 2017 National Football League draft is a big swing.

Elflein could be regarded as a candidate to start at right guard.

"I think there are a lot of quality players through the second, third and fourth rounds that can be significant players for us next year coming in", Spielman said on Tuesday. Cook was acquitted of a misdemeanor battery charge before the 2015 season. "I could see his face getting a little flushed, like, 'OK, let's go'". He led FSU with 16.5 sacks last season playing defensive end, but some teams consider him a "tweener" who also could play inside.

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"I can play either very well, so wherever I can fit in and help the team, that's my goal", Elflein said.