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Lunchbreak: Cook, Elflein are Candidates for All-Rookie Team

A pair of Vikings rookies could make an early impact on the league.

NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks recently released his projected All-Rookie team and had Minnesota's first two draft picks on the list

Brooks had second-round pick Dalvin Cook at running back, along with Jacksonville's Leonard Fournette. 

Brooks wrote:

The electric runner will add plenty of juice to the Vikings' offense as a dynamic weapon in the backfield. Cook's combination of skills could make him a 1,000-yard rusher and 50-catch receiver in Minnesota's redesigned offensive attack.

Pat Elflein, the Vikings third-round selection, was penciled in on Brooks' team at center. 

The rock-solid interior blocker should shore up the Vikings' weakness at the point of attack as a first-year starter.

Minnesota's pair of selections tied with Jacksonville, the Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo, San Francisco and Arizona for the most on the list.

ESPN: Vikings had best draft of any NFC North team

NFL teams are constantly competing with rivals in their division, and the NFL Draft is no exception.

And while each team looked to improve its roster through the draft, a panel of ESPN writers think the Vikings did so better than any other team.

A quartet of writers, each of whom covers a team in the NFC North, said Minnesota made the biggest upgrade with the addition of 11 new players.

Vikings reporter Ben Goessling was among them, but writers from the Packers, Lions and Bears were all in agreement. 

The group said the addition of Dalvin Cook could be a steal in the second round, while they also noted the strong amount of depth Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman added in later rounds.

Rob Demovsky, who covers the Packers, wrote:

The biggest impact rookie in the NFC North could be Vikings second-round pick Dalvin Cook. The Florida State running back who went No. 41 overall was under consideration by the Packers when they took cornerback Kevin King at No. 33. A running back might be able to make a bigger immediate impact than a cornerback.

Said Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson:

I'll give the Vikings the edge because I think Cook can be a home-run threat in that offense, and they got him in the second round. Third-round pick Pat Elflein was arguably the best center in the draft class, and he also can play guard in the NFL. I also wouldn't be surprised to see fourth-round choice defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson out of Iowa get some action on passing downs.

Michael Rothstein in Detroit added:

They didn't have a first-round pick and yet the Minnesota Vikings ended up with a first-round talent in Cook. There are questions about him, but if he's able to perform on the field, it's a heck of a grab. Overall, really liked what the Vikings did. Elflein is a good player who could be a decade-long starter and the last-day picks of linebacker Ben Gedeon, guard Danny Isidora, tight end Bucky Hodges and receiver Stacy Coley were all good moves. Thought Hodges and Isidora could have gone on Day 2, so great value.

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