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Chris Cook

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 212 | College: Virginia
 
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Overview

Cook has the size, speed and experience to surprise in the NFL. Injuries and academics proved to be his downfall at Virginia.

An immediate impact defender, Cook played in the first five games of his career -- he earned a start against Boston College in week five -- before a broken leg put him on the shelf for the rest of the 2005 season.

He came back strong to start 11 of 12 games in 2006, leading the UVA secondary with 58 stops. The injury bug hit him again in 2007, however, as he missed three games with a sprained knee. Academics became a problem, too. He was suspended for the Gator Bowl and missed the entire 2008 season. Having to earn back his starting spot, Cook enjoyed a strong senior campaign, posting a career high 10 pass breakups and four interceptions in '09.

Cook's strong senior season and solid week of practice at the Senior Bowl made him relevant with scouts again. His long frame and quick hands make him an intriguing option for teams using press coverage. His size and range make him a potential candidate to convert to safety, though he's been too inconsistent as an open-field tackler to believe that will be a seamless transition.

Analysis

Read & React: A step slow reacting to the play if he doesn't see it coming. Keeps his head on a swivel and will sneak a peek at the quarterback. Isn't able to generate the quick burst to close on the ball -- has long legs and only marginal foot quickness. Allows too many easy receptions. Does not possess the second gear to catch up when beaten vertically.

Man Coverage: Good hands for press coverage. Provides a stout initial pop and has the flexibility to turn and run with receivers. Strong, active hands to keep the receiver close throughout the early route. Doesn't have the flexibility and quick feet to mirror receivers, but is faster than he looks and is able to cheat back to the ball.

Zone Coverage: High backpedal, but has a smooth enough swivel to change direction. Good vision and route recognition for zone coverage. Reads the passer to make up for his lack of preferred burst.

Closing/Recovery: Has only marginal burst to make up ground quickly, though he does have at least moderate straight-line speed. Locates the ball and takes proper angles. Quick hands and good hand-eye coordination to knock away passes. Good size, body control and timing to compete for jump balls. Good ball skills. Best when facing the quarterback and some will grade him as a potential safety.

Run Support: Good size and strength to fight through blocks and make tackles in run support, but has to show more consistency. Doesn't use his hands well enough to disengage and prefers to elude blocks. Questionable toughness for the transition to safety.

Tackling: Generally reliable drag-down tackler. Good strength and long arms for the wrap-up stop. Isn't the physical defender his size would indicate. Too often is the nail, rather than the hammer, catching the ballcarrier and hanging on rather than driving through the ballcarrier. Lowers his head, which can lead to missed tackles. Good hustle downfield.

Intangibles: Twice suspended for academics while at Virginia, missing the 2008 Gator Bowl at the end of the 2007 season and the entire 2008 season. Considered leaving early for the NFL draft, but instead returned and emerged as a team leader in 2009. Voted a team captain in '09.

2009 Season

Cook led the Cavaliers with four interceptions in 2009 and was a key part of a defensive unit that ranked fourth in the ACC and 21st in the country in pass defense. The Lynchburg native started all 12 games for the Cavaliers in 2009, finishing the season with 10 passes defended-ninth best in the ACC. For his career, Cook tallied 143 total tackles, seven interceptions and 19 pass breakups.

2008 Season

Was not enrolled at the University.

2007 Season

Started the first six games of the season before suffering a sprained knee at Middle Tennessee and missing the next three games … returned to action for the Wake Forest game and started against Virginia Tech in the regular season finale … had 39 tackles, including 25 solo stops … averaging 4.3 tackles per game, ninth among ACC cornerbacks … broke up six passes, tied for third on the team … led UVa with a season-high 11 tackles in the opener vs. Wyoming … had six tackles in both the Duke and Pittsburgh games … broke up two passes against Georgia Tech … returned a fumble 44 yards for a touchdown against Miami, the second touchdown of his career … intercepted a pass vs. Virginia Tech … was not eligible for the 2008 Gator Bowl.

2006 Season

Played in all 12 contests and started the final 11 games of the season … finished with 58 tackles, the most among any player in the UVa secondary … had 12 tackles (10 solo) vs. Wyoming, top total by any UVa player during the season … made nine tackles (seven solo) in 23-0 shutout of North Carolina … totaled six solo stops vs. Georgia Tech … tied for third on the team with five pass breakups … recorded his second career interception with a pick against North Carolina … also caused a fumble in win vs. Tar Heels … had four tackles for loss … lettered for the first time.

2005 Season

Played in the first five games and drew the starting assignment in the fifth contest at Boston College … was used at both safety and corneback … had six tackles … accounted for four solo tackles against Maryland … also intercepted a pass and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown vs. the Terrapins … that was the longest interception return of the year by a Cavalier and the only one that went for a score … missed the second half of the season due to a broken leg he suffered at Boston College.

Injury Report

2005: A broken leg in Week Five ended his season.

2007: Missed three games with a sprained knee.

High School

Versatile player who played running back, wide receiver and quarterback on offense, and cornerback on defense at Heritage HS where he was coached by Chris Jones … 3 stars by Rivals.com and Scout.com … ranked as the 19th-best safety in the country by CollegeFootballNews.com and 20th by ESPN.com … considered the No. 35 cornerback in the nation by Scout.com and 42nd by Rivals.com … 98th on Scout.com's East Hot 100 … ranked as the 17th-best player in Virginia Rivals.com and Scout.com, and 18th by TheSabre.com and SuperPrep … listed 17th among players in Virginia on the Charlottesville Daily Progress "Gold List" and 22nd by the Roanoke Times … earned first-team All-State honors as a defensive back during his senior season for the second year in a row … first-team All-Region defense-utility player and second-team all-region running back as a senior … Lynchburg News & Advance All-Area as a utility player on offense … rushed for 789 yards and 12 touchdowns and caught 10 passes for 250 yards and three more scores as a senior … also threw six TD passes … first-team all-state defensive back as a junior when he made more than 50 tackles and intercepted eight passes … named to the Lynchburg News & Advance All-Area team as a cornerback as a junior … also rushed for more than 700 yards, had 300 yards receiving and scored nine touchdowns.

Personal

Christopher O'Shea Cook … born 2-15-87 in Lynchburg, Va. … son of Evanette Cook … has a younger brother Rashaun … his cousin Vic Hall is a UVa teammate.

 
Latest News
04/25/2010 - A closer look at the Vikings' picks: Round 2/34 -- Chris Cook, CB, 6-2, 212, Virginia: Cook becomes the biggest defensive back on the Vikings' roster. He will be expected to make an immediate contribution on special teams.

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