VU Daily Blog: 3/31/10

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Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 9:32:00 PM

Vikings said to really like Virginia's Cook

According to Wes Bunting of National Football Post, the Vikings love Virginia cornerback Chris Cook so much they could take him at No. 30 with their first-round pick.

Considered a sure tackler with nice size (6-foot-2, 212 pounds) and speed (4.38-4.49 in pre-draft workouts), Cook would stay at corner in the Vikings' Cover-2 defense, while some teams might project him inside to safety.  The Vikings, of course, are in the market at cornerback with Cedric Griffin rehabbing a torn ACL.

Cook has all the tools to indeed be a terrific NFL player, but his "body of work" as coach Brad Childress would say, would not rate him a true first-round pick.  His instincts appear to be average and he doesn't play as fast, physical or aggressive as his triangle numbers suggest.  He only did 7 bench-press reps at 225 pounds at the Combine, and he does not show great hands or ball skills on tape.

Under Rick Spielman, the Vikings have been disciplined enough NOT to reach for need or overvalue players based on workouts.  Will that continue in 2010?

Still, good personnel people are always trying to evaluate players for where they will be in a couple years, not necessarily where they're at coming out of college.  The Vikings have a lot of confidence in their secondary coach, Joe Woods, and his ability to develop young players.  Cook's 10-yard (1.49 seconds) and 20-yard (2.52) split times are among the very elite among all cornerbacks in this year's draft, and his 38-inch vertical jump combined with his size and long speed are very impressive.

In working out Cook, the Vikings get an eye-to-eye evaluation of him as a person to gauge if they think he's their kind of player.

There's no question Cook will be high on the Vikings' draft board, but will he be considered a first-rounder?

Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 7:35:00 PM

Spielman checks out Texas QB McCoy

Vikings vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman was among representatives from 30 of 32 teams at today's Texas Pro Day in Austin, Tex., taking an up-close look at quarterback Colt McCoy, according to the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram.

By all accounts, McCoy had a very strong workout.  Many have McCoy projected as a second- or third-round pick, but a team like the Vikings at the bottom of the first round is not out of the question, especially considering the fit he might be for their West Coast offense, with his athletic ability to move around in the pocket, sprint out and create plays in the mold of a Jake Plummer or Jeff Garcia.

The key for NFL success for McCoy might be his ability to simply stay healthy more than his questioned arm strength.

Here's a look from at today's workout by McCoy and other UT prospects.

Note:  ESPN's Chris Mortensen tweets that Vikings might consider McCoy late in Round One but doubts it.

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 3:34:00 PM

McCoy, Thomas show off at Texas pro day

Safety Earl Thomas should be long gone by the time the Vikings select at No. 30 on April 22, and he was gone even quicker at the Texas Longhorns pro day on Wednesday. He ran a 4.37-second 40-yard dash, according to, and pulled a hamstring.

But for Vikings fans, the draw of Longhorns pro day may have more to do with their quarterback, Colt McCoy, who is generally considered a second-round draft value. McCoy threw 58 passes in front of scouts Wednesday and none of them hit the ground, reported.

Most likely, McCoy will be drafted before the Vikings' second-round pick and it will be interesting to see if they think he's worth the 30th overall pick if they are in the mood to gamble with a first-round quarterback. According to NFL Network's Mike Mayock, McCoy is a solid second-round pick.

"I loved his footwork. I knew he was a great athlete, so he has great mobility. He's smart and tough — you can see that off tape," Mayock wrote for after watching Texas pro day. "The most important thing I saw was his ability to drive in intermediate routes — both the in-breaking big route and the comeback route. He showed he can do that. I think he's a solid second-round pick."

Longhorn-turned-Minnesota Viking Brian Robison thinks McCoy has a solid future in the NFL.

"I've always thought McCoy is a good quarterback, so if he just goes out and does what he's done the last four years, I think he'll be just fine," Robison told Tuesday night.

Longhorns defensive tackle Lamarr Houston is also a second-round draft value, according to Mayock. draft analyst agrees, pegging Houston as the Vikings' second-round pick in his latest mock draft.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 2:20:00 PM

USF pro day covered

With Texas and USC pro day information expected to come out today, there are also a couple of interesting prospects coming out of South Florida, which held its pro day yesterday.'s has posted some of the results from pro day, including those of safety Nate Allen and CB Jerome Murphy, both of whom could be selected in the first two days of the draft. also posted a video interview with Allen for subscribers, a photo gallery that is open to all readers that want to get an idea of what a pro day looks like, and other results, interviews and observations. We'll post more of these links as college sites around the network cover pro days.

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 1:54:00 PM

Vikings preseason schedule announced

The NFL has announced the preseason schedule for all teams, including the Vikings.

The Vikings will go on the road for their first two preseason games, including starting the season at the St. Louis Rams (Aug. 12-16) and a Sunday (Aug. 22) nationally televised game against the San Francisco 49ers on NBC. They return to Mall of America Field for their final two preseason games against the Seattle Seahawks (Aug. 26-29) and Denver Broncos (either Sept. 2 or Sept. 3).

The regular-season schedule will be released in mid-April, but the Vikings already know their opponents. At home, they square off against their NFC North rivals, as well as hosting the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals. The Vikings will travel to the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, New York Jets, New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints, as well as playing at their divisional rivals.


Day Date Opponent Time (CT) TV Radio
  8/12-16 at St. Louis Rams TBD TBA KFAN/KTLK
Sun. 8/22 at San Francisco 49ers 7 p.m. NBC KFAN/KTLK



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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 7:45:00 AM

Steuber updates two-round mock draft

Chris Steuber continues to show off his graphical skills (oh, and he hopes his prognosticating abilities) with his most recent installment of his two-round mock draft. He lists a potential replacement for Chester Taylor as a first-round possibility, but that's not who he has the Vikings selecting.

In the second round, the draft analyst has the Vikings moving away from brawn and into speed as they look at a skill-position player. So in the first two rounds, Steuber doesn't have the Vikings addressing cornerback, a position many see as the team's biggest need with injuries to starters Antoine Winfield and Cedric Griffin. Then again, the Vikings have stayed away from pigeonholing their selections to immediate needs in the first two rounds lately.

You can check out Steuber's work here, and even if you don't like the picks, you can stare at the prettiest mock draft on the web.


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