Day 2 draft wrap: On Chris Cook, Kyle Wilson and what's left on Day 3
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Here are some choice quotes from Cook's time with reporters, plus some other stray bits from Day 2 of the NFL Draft.
On whether he'd zeroed in on the Vikings: "Yes, it was one of the teams I figured had their radar on me, and I was hoping I was going to go (there). When I saw they traded out of the first round, I wasn't really sure what pick they had in the second round. When I saw they had the second pick in the second round, I thought, ‘OK, yeah, hopefully, my phone rings and it has that Minnesota area code.' I was just excited. I've been nervous all day and excited at the same time -- a lot of mixed feelings going on today."
On his strengths: "I'm a very physical player, and I'm a playmaker. I feel like I have great ball skills. I'm just a ballplayer. I feel like I can bring more than defense to the team. I can play special teams or anywhere on the field."
On 2008, when he was academically ineligible: "2008 was one of the most trying times in my life. I was lax in the classroom and I wasn't doing my job and completing all my tasks. I paid the price for it, and I had to sit out. It was a very difficult time for me, but I had a lot of strong people behind me, a good support system with my mom and my brother and my family. They helped me stay focused and helped me get back into school and do what I had to do."
On how nervous he was at the scouting combine: "My nerves were terrible at the combine. I wasn't expecting that whole experience to be as trying as it was. I was just expecting it to be a few meetings here and there, but it was late mornings and early nights. I finally did get on the field to show my skills. I got on the 40 line -- everything else was fine for me except the 40. People were telling me that I was going to run 4.6 or something like that, but when I got up there my heart just started racing and after my first 40 I ran a 4.4. I calmed down a little bit and just ran."
On why he only managed seven bench reps of 225 pounds: "I wasn't really expecting that, but I didn't know until after the combine. I actually had some torn ligaments in my shoulder. They flared up while I was on the bench press. I am not giving any excuses or anything because it is not an excuse. I am a strong guy; it is just that was a problem for me when I got on the bench press. ... The most I have ever done is 17. My best bench press is 315.
* The Vikings have six picks remaining, beginning with the second pick on Saturday (fourth round, 100th overall). They also have two in the fifth round (161st, 167th), one in the sixth (199th) and two in the seventh (214th, 237th).
* Coach Brad Childress in essence dismissed a report out of New York that the Vikings planned to draft Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson at No. 30 before the Jets grabbed him at No. 29. "We call people during the course of the draft saying, ‘Who are you hearing from? How many calls have you received?'" Childress said. "We check temperatures throughout. Usually, in this day and age, I see guys wearing three cell phones on their belt, so usually, they can be contacted."
* The Vikings don't plan to fly in their draft picks this weekend. Instead, Cook, Gerhart and the rest will meet the media in person for the first time in advance of next weekend's rookie minicamp.