Dalvin Cook signs; Minnesota Vikings wrap up signings

The Minnesota Vikings have completed the task of signing their 11 draft picks over the course of one week, finishing the task Wednesday with the signing of second-round running back Dalvin Cook.

The Minnesota Vikings went from zero to 11 draft picks signed over the course of the last week.

The team signed second-round pick Dalvin Cook on Wednesday afternoon, the last of their 11 draft picks to sign. The running back indicated hours before it became official that his signing was coming down the pipeline.

“I’m excited about it. I’m just playing football; I’ll let my agent and the organization take care of it. I’m very excited, might be pretty close. I look forward to it,” he said.

“You can’t let it linger with you because you’ve got to come out here and still play football. So that’s the key right there, coming out and playing football. You’ve got to let the business side take care of itself, just have to come out here and play football.”

The Vikings traded up in the second round, from No. 48 to No. 41 to nab Dalvin Cook, whom many analysts projected as a first-round pick.

Cook broke Warrick Dunn’s Florida State career rushing mark with 4,464 yards on a 6.5-yard average over three seasons. He also broke the school record with 46 rushing touchdowns. 

Cook is the only player in Atlantic Coast Conference history to break 4,000 rushing yards in three seasons. The Miami, Fla. native was named the Orange Bowl MVP, his final game at FSU, after producing 207 total yards (145 rushing) and one touchdown against sixth-ranked Michigan. He is a two-time All-American and was the winner of the 2015 Jim Brown Award, given annually to the nation’s top running back. 

Cook appeared in 38 games at FSU, making 28 starts, and topped 100 rushing yards 21 times during his career. 

His most productive season was his last, when he rushed for 1,765 yards, a 6.1-yard average and 19 touchdowns. Over three years, he also had 79 catches for 938 yards and two touchdowns receiving.

His contract was projected to be $6.37 million with a $2.78 million signing bonus.


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