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Updated: April 24th, 2010 7:17pm
Draft week rewind: Meet the Vikings' class of 2010

Draft week rewind: Meet the Vikings' class of 2010

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- We've posted enough this weekend that a lot of stories have gotten shoved off the homepage, so I figure it's worth pooling all of our info on the Minnesota Vikings' newest additions onto one page.

(Click the player's names for quotes, stats, video and more.)


2. (34) Chris Cook, CB, Virginia: A long-levered, somewhat raw press corner whose stock rose at the Senior Bowl, Cook (6-2, 212) should compete for a starting job on the outside.
* Coach Brad Childress: "Coming out of high school, (Cook) was an all-around athlete and obviously zeroed in on defensive secondary. ... We see him as a bigger corner -- just a different person than we have currently on the roster. A young Leslie Frazier, if you will, who wasn't too bad either."

2. (51) Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford: A big back who surpassed 3,000 yards over his final two college seasons, Gerhart (6-0, 231) figures as Adrian Peterson's primary backup.
* Childress: "I know that he carried the ball between the tackles. In speaking with (Stanford coach) Jim Harbaugh, he's exceptional in the pass game. ... Again, it gives you a bigger body whether you are talking about him as a backup running back or special teamer. We value those guys."

4. (100) Everson Griffen, DE, Southern California: A productive pass rusher whose stock fell because of inconsistent effort, Griffen (6-3, 273) could compete to back up both end spots and perhaps rush inside in nickel.
* Rick Spielman, VP of player personnel: "Very talented player. The biggest negative was that sometimes his motor didn't rev all the time, but when you watched the Notre Dame game, for example, he had three sacks that game. This guy can play against the run; he can rush the passer. ... We always try to take the best player available, and he was definitely in that category."

5. (161) Chris DeGeare, G, Wake Forest: A two-year starter at guard who moved to left tackle as a senior, DeGeare (6-4, 325) is a big man who most likely will work inside, with his role determined by how he progresses and keeps his weight under control.
* Childress: "I think he's a big guy. I think he's a smart guy. You've got to be able to think on that offensive line. I'm always looking for position-flexible guys. Not just the fact that they've lined up there, but that they've lined up there played at a high level."

5. (167) Nate Triplett, LB, Minnesota: A special-teams standout who started one year at middle linebacker for the "U", Triplett (6-3, 250) figures on teams and as a backup middle linebacker but also may be versatile enough to play outside.
* Childress: "We've made no secret of linebackers and backup linebackers need to be real viable candidates ... on special teams. And we talk about big bodies, too. It's one thing to have a guy that can run and cover, but if he's a gnat running down the field, people have a way of spreading you out and moving you around. If you can get big tight ends, big fullbacks, big backs, those types of bodies that can run and hit, they have a chance to change the environment a little bit more."

6. (199) Joe Webb, WR, Alabama-Birmingham: A strong-armed college quarterback who also spent some time at receiver, Webb (6-3, 223) has athleticism, natural catching ability and big hands, but it's unclear if his skill-set will let him make a quick enough transition to earn a spot.
* Childress: "The priority thing is that he's an athlete. He's a bigger athlete. He played (receiver) in the Senior Bowl and made a pretty good transition there as a big guy. So, if you've seen it with your eyes, you think he's got some type of aptitude. You can't say that about every quarterback."

7. (214) Mickey Shuler, TE, Penn State: A big target who predominantly was used as a blocker in college, Shuler (6-4, 251) comes from a football family and the team loves his passion, but he has an uphill battle to make the roster.
* Childress: "He's a good line-of-scrimmage player, although he's a 4.6 guy too, so he can get up the field. ... They played quite a bit in a two-tight end set, as do we. He's obviously got a pretty good pedigree and we thought he could do some things to possibly impact this roster."

7. (237) Ryan D'Imperio, FB, Rutgers: A college linebacker who played running back in high school, D'Imperio (6-2, 230) will move back to offense and, like Webb, must make the transition quickly to land a spot.
* Spielman: "During his workout this spring, Frank Acevedo, our scout, was there and I told Frank to go ahead and put this kid through some fullback drills. ... This kid was very athletic and caught the ball extremely well. And you're sitting there watching him through this workout and watching him getting out of his breaks and watching him catching the ball. I know usually those middle linebackers like to thud people, so we just got to learn how to thud it on the other side."

* Newly signed CB Lito Sheppard thinks he'll have a chance to start at cornerback.

* Phil Mackey and I ran a live chat during the first round ...

* ... and it ended up being a minor buzzkill when the Vikings traded out, moving back four spots to swap fourth-round picks with Detroit and pick up an extra seventh-round pick.

* That trade lined up almost perfectly on the value chart.

* At the end of the day, vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman said there were four players atop the Vikings' board and left open the possibility of another trade.

* Reports surfaced the Vikings wanted Florida State CB Patrick Robinson and called Boise State CB Kyle Wilson, and I hypothesized the one corner left in consideration was Cook.

* The Vikings tried to trade up even higher for Gerhart and ultimately made a deal with Houston that favored the Texans.

* Denver drafted "U" receiver Eric Decker.

* Phil examined whether Gerhart can replace Taylor.

* Cook made his Minnesota media debut in a conference call.


* The Vikings are in the process of finalizing their rookie free-agent class.

* All eligible rookies will arrive for a three-day rookie minicamp on Thursday.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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