Chris Cook official NFL bio

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

University of Virginia Cavaliers
Lynchburg, Virginia
Heritage High School


Cook was named a team captain as a member of Virginia's secondary in 2009. Upon his return, the Cavaliers finished with the 23rd-highst pass efficiency defense (111.67 rating) after ranking 55th in the nation in pass efficiency defense (122.06 rating) in 2008. Cook led Virginia with four interceptions (66 yards), including one that he returned for a 58-yard touchdown vs. Boston College.

At Heritage High School (Lynchburg, Va.), Cook played running back, wide receiver, quarterback, and cornerback. He made more than 50 tackles and intercepted eight passes as a junior defensive back to earn his first of two consecutive first-team All-State honors (2003-04).

As a senior running back, Cook earned All-Region accolades after rushing for 789 yards with 12 touch-downs and adding 10 receptions for 250 yards with three scores.

Cook enrolled at Virginia in 2005 and played in the first five games of the season as a right cornerback and free safety and returned his first career interception for a 30-yard touchdown against Maryland. He earned his first career start the following week vs. Boston College, but Cook suffered a broken leg in the contest and missed the remainder of the 2005 campaign. Cook returned to play in all 12 contests with 11 starts in 2006. He finished fourth on the team with 58 tackles (46 solo) and posted 3.5 TFLs, one forced fumble, five pass deflections and one INT. In 2007, Cook played in nine contests, starting seven at left cornerback, and registered 39 tackles (25 solo), one fumble recovery and one interception (25 yards).

During his senior year in 2009, Cook finished the year with 40 tackles (34 solos) with one TFL, six pass breakups and four interceptions.


Cook started 31-of-38 games at UVA, collecting 143 tackles (110 solos) with 5.5 tackles for loss (16 yards), one forced fumble, one fumble recovery (44 yards, 1 TD), 19 passes breakups and seven interceptions (121 yards, 2 touchdowns)…Returned five kickoffs for 101 yards (20.2 avg).


All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report…Started all twelve games at left cornerback…Collected 40 tackles (34 solos), including one stop for a three-yard loss…Totaled a team-high four interceptions (66 yards, 1 TD)… Deflected six passes, including four on third down…Made 25 tackles after receptions for 300 yards (12.0 ypc), three touchdowns and 17 first downs…Returned five kickoffs for 101 yards (20.20 avg).


Did not compete.


Cook competed in nine contest, starting seven…Finished with 39 tackles (25 solos), including one tackle for loss and one QB pressure...Tied for third on the team with six pass deflections and registered one interception.


Played in all 12 contests and started the final 11 contests at right cornerback…Recorded 58 tackles (46 solo)…Had four TFLs (11 yards) and forced one fumble…Deflected five passes and recorded one interception.


Played in the first five games of the season with one start...Played free safety and right cornerback in 2005...Missed the second half of the season due to a broken leg.


At Heritage High School (Lynchburg, Va.), Cook played running back, wide receiver, quarterback and cornerback for head football coach Chris Jones…Earned first-team All-State honors and named to the Lynchburg News & Advance All-Area team as a junior defensive back while collecting more than 50 tackles and eight interceptions…Also rushed for over 700 yards with 300 yards receiving and nine total touchdowns on offense as a junior…Earned first-team All-State honors for the second-straight season as a senior defensive back…All-Region choice as a defensive-utility player and running back while rushing for 789 yards and 12 touchdowns…Also caught 10 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns and threw six touchdown passes to earn Lynchburg News & Advance All-Area as a utility player on offense…Ranked 17th among state of Virginia prospects on the Charlottesville Daily Progress "Gold List" and 22nd by the Roanoke Times…Given a three-star rating by, who listed him as the 35th best cornerback prospect nationally… Also given a three-star rating by, who ranked him as the 42nd best cornerback prospect in the country and the 17th overall recruit from the state of Virginia…Projected as a safety by, who ranked him as the 19th best prospect at that position, as well as, who listed him 20th.


General Studies major…Cousin, Vic Hall (2005-08) was a teammate at Virginia, also playing in the Cavaliers' secondary…Son of Evanette Cook…Born Christopher O'Shea Cook on 2/15/87…Resides in Lynchburg, Virginia.

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