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5 Things to Know About New Vikings RB Dalvin Cook

The Vikings first pick of the 2017 NFL Draft is in, and it's Florida State running back Dalvin Cook.

Minnesota traded the 48th and 128th overall picks in this year's draft to Cincinnati to take Cook at No. 41. Cook was the third running back taken in the draft and the first off the board in Round 2 (Curtis Samuel, selected at 40th overall, is projected to play receiver). Leonard Fournette (fourth overall) and Christian McCaffrey (ninth overall) were selected by Jacksonville and Carolina, respectively, on Thursday.

Here are five things to know about the Vikings newest addition:

1. Seminoles standout

Cook garnered plenty of attention over three seasons at Florida State University. As a junior in 2016, he rushed for 1,765 yards and 19 touchdowns on 288 attempts. He also added 33 catches for 488 yards and one touchdown through the air.

Over 38 games played for the Seminoles, Cook totaled 687 carries for 4,464 yards and 46 touchdowns in addition to 79 catches for 935 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

The 5-foot-10, 210-pound Cook holds the Seminoles single-season rushing record and broke Warrick Dunn's career rushing record (3,959 yards) at Florida State.

2. Awards and honors

Cook has received a number of honors throughout his football career, starting with Florida's Mr. Football Award as a senior in high school. With the Seminoles, Cook was a two-time First-Team All-American (2015, 2016); two-time First-Team All-ACC (2015, 2016) and Second-Team All-ACC in 2014. Cook received the Jim Brown Award in 2015 and in 2016 was the Orange Bowl MVP after rushing for 145 yards and one touchdown.

3. Peak performances

Cook has notched a number of single-game, highlight performances over his career, including rushing for 267 yards against the University of South Florida in 2016. His career-high for rushes was 31 against Georgia Tech in 2014, and his longest rush – and longest touchdown – was a 94-yard run at Wake Forest in 2015. Cook has recorded a four-touchdown game on two occasions.

4. Notable names

Cook attended Miami Central High School, where he excelled both on the football field and on the track. As a senior, he had 177 carries for 1,940 yards and 24 touchdowns en route to the Mr. Football Award. A number of notable names have graduated from Miami Central, including former running back Willis McGahee and Falcons running back Devonta Freeman.

View images Vikings new RB Dalvin Cook from his days at Florida State.

5. Calling Miami home

Cook joins current Vikings Teddy Bridgewater, Xavier Rhodes and Marquis Lucas in calling Miami, Florida, his hometown. Six more of his new teammates also hail from Florida: Mackensie Alexander (Immokalee), B.J. DuBose (Oakland Park), Rashod Hill (Jacksonville), Jayron Kearse (Ft. Meyers), Emmanuel Lamur (West Palm Beach) and Jabari Price (Pompano Beach). Linval Joseph was born in the Virgin Islands but moved to Gainesville, Florida, as a child.

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