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Vikings Complete Rookie Signings by Inking Dalvin Cook

Posted May 31, 2017

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. —The Vikings on Wednesday announced the signing of rookie running back Dalvin Cook, putting a period on the end of contract negotiations with Minnesota’s 11-player draft class.

Minnesota signed five rookies last week and five more on Tuesday before completing the group Wednesday.

The Vikings traded up from the 48th overall spot to select Cook out of Florida State at the 41st slot.

Cook needed just three seasons to break the Seminoles career rushing mark, finishing his run with 4,464 yards, which is more than 500 ahead of former record-holder Warrick Dunn (3,959). He also set career school records for rushing touchdowns (46) and yards from scrimmage (5,399).

The two-time All-American and winner of the 2015 Jim Brown Award is the only player in Atlantic Coast Conference history to rush for more than 4,000 yards in three seasons.

Cook started 28 of the 38 games he played for the Seminoles and rushed for 100 or more yards in 21 games.

After being named the Orange Bowl MVP for a performance in which he racked up 207 total yards (145 rushing) and a touchdown, Cook opted to enter the NFL Draft.

The Miami native spoke with members of the media on Wednesday about his first month in the NFL. He described how he’s soaking up information from locker room neighbor Terence Newman, who is 17 years older than Cook.


FLORIDA STATE CAREER RUSHING YARDS

PLAYER                  YARDS                 
Dalvin Cook............... 4,464
Warrick Dunn.............. 3,959
Greg Allen................... 3,769
 
FLORIDA STATE CAREER RUSHING TDs

PLAYER                        TDs                

Dalvin Cook.................... 46
Greg Allen........................ 43
Warrick Dunn................... 37
 
FLORIDA STATE CAREER YARDS FROM SCRIMMAGE

PLAYER                  YARDS                

Dalvin Cook............... 5,399
Warrick Dunn.............. 5,273
Greg Allen................... 4,145