Scout's Notebook: OL Kyle Cook

The Vikings have a strong group of developmental prospects competing for backup spots on the offensive line as the team heads to training camp. Rookie free agent Kyle Cook is among them. Here's a full scouting report...

#60, Kyle Cook, OG-C
(6037, 305, 5.22-5.32) Michigan State

Notes:  Born 7/25/83.  Parents are Thomas and Nancy Cook.  Attended Dakota (Macomb, Mich.) High School, playing football for head coach Mike Giannone.  A three-year starter, he graded out 92 percent on his blocking assignments as a senior, allowing only one sack, as he recorded 54 knockdowns in 2001.  Also lettered in basketball and track.

College:  Redshirted in 2002.  Played in 3 games behind Chris Morris at center in 2003, before taking over at left guard in 2004.  Graded out at least 90 percent for blocking consistency in 11 of 12 contests, as he finished with 59 knockdowns in 2004.  Recorded 50 knockdowns and paced the offensive line with a 94 percent grade as a junior in 2005.  Underwent surgery in January 2006 to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.  He earned All-Big Ten honorable mention as a senior, with 42 of his 51 knockdowns in nine games at center before shifting back to left guard for the final 3 games in 2006.  Participated in the 2006 SPYN Awards (Student-Athlete Lip Sync Contest) to benefit the Children's Miracle Network.  Construction management major who has his degree.

Recorded the following times in campus workouts:  1.82 (10-yard dash), 3.07 (20-yard dash), 5.29 (40-yard dash), 4.51 (20-yard shuttle) and 7.56 (three-cone drill).  Posted a 28-inch vertical jump and an 8’-5” broad jump.  Did 40 reps at 225 pounds.

Pro:  Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Vikings in 2007.

Positives:  Smart and instinctive with a good feel for the game.  Solid character.  Well-built, stocky frame with very good strength.  Outstanding upper body strength.  Recorded 10 knockdown blocks on Michigan’s Alan Branch in their 2006 contest.  Initiates contact quickly and sustains blocks nicely.  Finishes his blocks.  Shows adequate range to the second level with his blocks.  Reasonably good overall technique.  Is used to making line calls.  Above-average pass protector who moves well laterally.  Picks up stunts and blitzes.  Versatile; can play guard or center.

Negatives:  Does not have great natural size and can be overpowered at times, particularly by an effective bull-rusher.  Marginal athlete who isn’t great in the open field or on the move; best in a limited space.  Doesn’t have great feet, a bit of a waistbender and overextends at times.  Limited upside potential.

Summary:  One of about five solid free-agent signees the Vikings added to compete for roster spots in training camp.  His versatility should help him.  A player who should be on the fringe of making the 53-man roster and the practice squad.

What they said:

“A steady, dependable three-year starter with the versatility desired as an interior swing backup.  Was not invited to the Combine but is worth taking the time to evaluate and could be a solid pro.” – Nolan Nawrocki, Pro Football Weekly

“Compares to:   Shaun O'Hara, New York Giants.  Cook might lack ideal bulk and will short arm at times, but he is a sound technician with good hand punch to rock defenders back.  He's a bit of a waist bender, but can anchor firmly and works well in concert with the guards.  He is a better prospect at center, due to his quick hands and size, but he can also provide versatility with his experience at guard, and several teams were looking at him during the season as a potential tackle candidate.”

“Cook is tough and hard-nosed but lacks to athletic ability to be a good starter.  His competitiveness will win over coaches because that sort of attitude tends to infect those around him.  Cook won't have a long NFL career but should stick around awhile.” – The WarRoom

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