Ryan Cook NFL Bio

The official NFL bio for Vikings second-round draft pick Ryan Cook.

Offensive Center/Tackle
University of New Mexico Lobos
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Cibola High School


The former walk-on has been a model of consistency for the Lobos. Ryan is a powerfully built athlete with a team-first attitude and a strong desire to improve. He holds the school record in the power clean, but it is his leadership, character and work ethic that match up to his blue chip production on the field.

The two-time All-Mountain West Conference selection has made tremendous improvement to his overall power base due to tireless work in the New Mexico training room. He has produced 303 knockdown blocks and has never allowed an opponent to record more than three tackles in any of his 32 games as a starter.

The Cibola High School standout lettered three times in football during his prep days. He earned second-team All-State and first-team All-City honors as a senior, adding second-team All-City accolades as a junior. He played in New Mexico's annual North/South all-star game, but was not recruited coming out of high school.

Upon joining New Mexico as a walk-on, he sat out the 2001 season as a redshirt. A foot injury during 2002 spring camp would limit him early in the campaign, but by the seventh game of the season vs. Nevada-Las Vegas, Ryan forced the coaches to insert him into the starting lineup at center, with former starter, Justin Colburn, shifting to offensive tackle. Cook would go out and produce 69 knockdowns while starting the final eight games of 2002.

The following year, Ryan dominated the action in the trenches, earning first-team All-Mountain West Conference honors. He registered 114 knockdowns and led the way as the Lobos ranked second in the conference and sixteenth in the nation with an average of 210.0 yards per game rushing. He was again accorded All-MWC first-team recognition in 2004. He came up with 120 knockdowns and led the NCAA Division 1-A centers with a very impressive 93.1% grade for blocking consistency.

Cook earned All-MWC honors for the third consecutive year in 2005. He led the team with 115 knockdowns and graded at least 80% in every contest, leading an offensive line that allowed only 19 quarterback sacks.

In 47 games, Ryan earned 44 consecutive starts for New Mexico. He collected 418 knock-downs and graded over 87% for blocking technique for New Mexico. He has averaged 8.7 knockdown blocks per game during his career.

The unquestioned leader of the Lobos' front wall, Ryan's total understanding of blocking assignments has also seen him perform at strong-side offensive tackle…He holds the school power clean record (352 pounds)…The three-time All-Mountain West Conference selection became the first center in school history to earn post-season honors three times in a career…Credited with 418 knockdown blocks in 47 games for the Lobos, earning the nickname "The Hitman" from his teammates…Averaged 8.7 knockdowns per game during his career…Originally joined the team as a walk-on, earning a full scholarship in the fall of 2002.

All-Mountain West Conference first-team selection…Rated the conference's best offensive lineman by College Football News…Started every game at center, leading the team with 115 knockdown blocks in eleven contests, including five games with at least ten tackles… Graded at least 80% for blocking consistency in every game…Led an offensive line that allowed only 19 quarterback sacks, clearing the way for a ground attack that ranked 22nd in the nation with an average of 200.0 yards rushing per game.

All-American third-team choice by The NFL Draft Report…Consensus All-Mountain West Conference first-team selection…Started every game at center, but also saw action at strong-side offensive tackle…Led the nation's centers with a 93.1 grade for blocking consistency (96.3% for assignments, 89.8% for technique)…Ranked second on the team with 120 knockdowns, producing at least ten knockdowns in eight contests, including his final five games…Did not make a single assignment error in four games, including three straight to close the regular season, all of which were Lobo victories (vs. Texas Tech, Colorado State, Brigham Young and Wyoming)...Demonstrated his fine athletic ability by playing the wedge just in front of the Lobos' returners on the kick return unit…meanwhile, his execution was exceptional as well...had 5 games with a technique grade of 90% or better, including marks of 94% and 95% in the final two regular season games...rare athletic ability was on display earlier in the year when he played on the kick return team for several games, stationed in the wedge just in front of the return men...Made sixteen touchdown-resulting blocks and did not allow a quarterback sack in 785 offensive plays…Also recovered a fumble.

All-Mountain West Conference first-team choice…Credited with 114 knockdowns, as he graded 86.1% for blocking consistency (96.5% for assignments)…Came up with nineteen touchdown-resulting blocks for an offense that ranked second in the MWC and sixteenth in the nation with an average of 210.0 yards per game rushing.

Ryan made his collegiate debut vs. Baylor and took over starting center duties for the team's final eight contests, as former starter, Justin Colburn, who moved to quick-side offensive tackle…Finished with 69 knockdowns as the offense averaged 324.4 yards per game.

Joined the team as a walk-on, spending the year as a redshirt on the scout team.

5.28 in the 40-yard dash…425-pound bench press…565-pound squat…352-pound power clean (school record)…360-pound incline press…33 ½-inch arm length…9 5/8-inch hands…Righthanded.

Attended Cibola (Albuquerque, N.M.) High School, lettering in football three times while playing for coach Ben Schultz…Earned second-team All-State and first-team All-City honors as a senior, adding second-team All-City accolades as a junior…Played in New Mexico's annual North/South all-star game.

General Business Management major…Son of Vicki and Rick Cook…Younger brother, Erik, was a freshman offensive center and teammate at New Mexico in 2005…Born 5/08/83 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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