VU Daily Blog: 4/23/10

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 1:10:00 AM

The Vikings' Saturday picks

After making only two picks in the first two days of the draft (both of those coming on Friday), the Vikings are set up for a busy Saturday. They enter the day with six picks, although Rick Spielman's recent history indicates he could try to package picks to move up and target players of interest and value.

For now, however, here is what the Vikings will have as they approach the 9 a.m. Saturday start to the fourth round.


Round Pick Overall
Fourth 2nd 100th
Fifth 30th 161st
Fifth 36th 167th
Sixth 30th 199th
Seventh 7th 214th
Seventh 30th 237th

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Toby Gerhart college stats: Rushing and receiving stats for Vikings running back Toby Gerhart from his Stanford days.

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Official Toby Gerhart NFL bio: The official NFL bio of Vikings second-round draft pick Toby Gerhart.

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 9:58:00 PM

Another father-son Vikings connection

While many figured the Vikings might draft USC safety Taylor Mays, whose father is former Vikings DT Stafford May (1987-88), but it was another second-round draft pick of Minnesota that has a Vikings connection.

Running back Toby Gerhart, whom the Vikings moved up 11 spots to draft in the second round, talked about his father, Todd, in Vikings training camp in 1986.

Todd was an all-conference running back at Cal State Fullerton (1981-84) and played professionally for the Denver Gold of the United States Football League.

"The USFL folded, and he was advised to hold out potentially because the USFL might win the suit," Toby said Friday. "They ended up not winning and he went into training camp late for the Vikings and ended up getting cut on one of the last cuts out there."

Todd tried again with the Houston Oilers in 1987 but never did make an NFL regular-season roster.


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Chris Cook official NFL bio: The official NFL bio of Vikings second-round draft pick Chris Cook.

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Rookie jersey numbers: Chris Cook will be wearing No. 31 and Toby Gerhart No. 32 for the #Vikings

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#Vikings running back Toby Gerhart said he hasn't heard from Brett Favre, but he did get a text already from Jared Allen.

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RB Toby Gerhart was recruited to UCLA by #Vikings RB coach Eric Bieniemy, but decided on Stanford after Bieniemy left for the Vikings.

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Rick Spielman said its not likely that the #Vikings will trade back into the third round.

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The #Vikings plan for Chris Cook is strictly as an outside press CB and not a safety.

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Besides scouting Chris Cook at the Senior Bowl and Combine, Leslie Frazier visited him and Virginia coaches this spring. #vikings

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The #Vikings plan to use Toby Gerhart as a pure inside zone tailback, not really a fullback.

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Here is the player page on for new #Vikings running back Toby Gerhart. Lots of past stories.

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 6:47:00 PM

Vikings get offensive with 2nd pick

The Vikings drafted Stanford running back Toby Gerhart in the second round, giving up their third-round pick (93rd overall) and swapping their second pick in the second round to move up 11 spots to grab Gerhart.

Gerhart might be able to play as both a running back and a fullback (we'll get Vikings reaction on that later).

At the NFL Scouting Combine, Gerhart showed solid athleticism for a bigger back. He measured in at 6-foot and 231 pounds and did 22 reps at 225 pounds while running a 4.60 in the 40-yard dash.


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According to, the #Vikings game up their second-rounder (62 overall) and third-rounder (93rd) to get Gerhart.

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The #Vikings moved up to the 51st pick in the second round and selected Stanford RB Toby Gerhart.

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#Vikings draft pick Chris Cook said he isn't sure if he'll be used at corneback or safety.

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Lots of good stuff on new #Vikings CB Chris Cook on his player page at More to come.

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 5:21:00 PM

Cook at the Combine

The Vikings made their pick in the second round, No. 34 overall, and it was Virginia CB Chris Cook.

Cook has good size, checking in at the NFL Scouting Combine at 6-foot-2 and 212 pounds and a 4.46 time in the 40-yard dash. But there is one glaring statistic from the Combine that stands out – he had only seven reps in the bench press at 225 pounds. That was tied for a second-worst among defensive backs lifting in Indianapolis.

We are expecting to get reaction from Rick Spielman at the end of the second round and should have Cook on a conference call before that.


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The #Vikings select Virginia CB Chris Cook, a corner with a lot of size.

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RT @RavensInsider: Why is Jimmy Clausen sliding? We're hearing from league sources that NFL teams are concerned about his toe.

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Vikes expected it. RT @Adam_Schefter: Rams, #Vikings Buccaneers all getting multiple phone calls for their picks at top of 2nd. #nfldraft

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Too funny! Nature called on Rutgers CB Devin McCourty before Bill Belichick could Thursday night.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 9:42:00 AM

The three-day dread

The Vikings entered Thursday's draft with little excitement for the new three-day, prime-time format.

"To be honest with you, I'm not real crazy about this new format, but that's just me," said Vikings director of college scouting Scott Studwell. "This is our game day, and it's something that you prepare for 11 months out of the year. And to spread it out over three days, and all the dead time in between, as far as I'm concerned they've turned it into a little bit of a three-ring circus, to be honest with you."

Vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman stepped to the podium after Thursday's trade out of the first round and admitted it was a long day of waiting for the draft to arrive. As Thursday turned to Friday, he still hadn't added any players and was ready to go home and start Friday fresh with anticipation of fielding numerous calls from teams looking to trade into the Vikings spot.

"It's going to be a long day (Friday)," Spielman said. "I'd prefer, if we could, if it was rapid fire. That's when you have an opportunity to take advantage of some things. But a lot of teams will be reevaluating, and also (Friday) there will probably be a lot more phone calls than there normally are."

But the NFL got what it wanted – more of an audience. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tweeted that draft television ratings were up 30 percent over last year's first round, which was on a Saturday, and up 55 percent from the 2008 draft.


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Not likely during draft. RT @bumkz: @VikingUpdate Is Leon Washington from the jets a possible trade for #Vikings Or is that dream world?

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i don't think that would upset the #Vikings Other options available. RT @amod: @VikingUpdate bills to trade up to #33 and grab clausen?

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 9:20:00 AM

Vikings were talking to Wilson

Vikings VP of player personnel Rick Spielman said Thursday night that the Vikings tried to make one move up in the first round. Speculation centered on Tennessee DT Dan Williams and Boise State CB Kyle Wilson … for good reason.

Last night, Wilson told reporters in New York, after he was selected by the Jets with the 29th pick, that the Vikings were on the phone with him until the Jets made the pick.

"I don't know if they were trying to hold me on the line, but I got a call, and then somehow the phone hung up," Wilson said, according to ESPN New York.

It's unclear, however, if the Vikings had tried to get in front of the Jets to take Wilson or if they were just hoping Wilson would be there at No. 30.


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