Dalvin Cook is a running back for the NFL team Minnesota Vikings. He was a five-star recruit out of college and got drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 2017. Dalvin Cook has been plagued with injuries throughout his career with the Vikings and signed a contract extension with the franchise in 2020, keeping him with them till 2025. Over the past three seasons, Cook has rushed for 3,851 yards and 35 rushing touchdowns. His rushing yards is only second to that of Derrick Henry.
Dalvin Cook’s Early Life and Background
Cook was born in Opa-Locka, Florida and attended Miami Central High School. He did not play football until his sophomore and was more interested in track. He started playing as a running back and a defensive back. In his senior year, he had the best record in the country among high school running backs with 1940 yards, 37 touchdowns for 177 carries and 3 pass interceptions on defense. He led the Miami Centrals to a 52-5 record by the end of his high school career.
He attended Florida State University and was named MVP in the ACC Championship game against Georgia Tech in his freshman year. Cook was suspended in 2015 for off-field assault incidents but later reinstated in the team after being found innocent. He finished his high school career with 4464 rushing yards and won the Orange Bowl.
Who drafted Dalvin Cook?
Cook forego his senior year at college to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. Prior arrests, off-field issues and character concerns made him fall in the draft pecking order even though he was one of the best running back prospects. The Minnesota Vikings drafted him in the 2nd Round of the Draft as the 41st overall pick. Other players from the 2017 NFL Draft class include quarterback Patrick Mahomes, defensive end Myles Garrett, and quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Dalvin Cook’s NFL Journey
Cook set the Vikings' rookie record for rushing on his debut game against the New Orleans Saints. He rushed for 127 yards with 22 carries. He suffered an injury in a Week 4 game against the Detroit Lions. His rookie season ended prematurely as he tore his ACL. He returned from injury in 2018 in the season opener game against the San Francisco 49ers. He suffered a hamstring injury in Week 2 and missed the next 4 games. In Week 15 of the 2018 season, Cook won the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his 136 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 41-17 victory over the Dolphins.
Cook had a strong 2019 season and finished with 1,135 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns to go along with 53 receptions for 519 receiving yards in 14 games. He signed a $63 million five-year contract extension with the Vikings in 2020 In a Week 9 34–20 victory over the Detroit Lions, Cook became only the third player in Vikings franchise history to record 200 rushing yards in a single game. He received 2 Offensive Player of the Week honours in the season and finished the season with a career-high 1,557 rushing yards, 16 touchdowns, and 361 receiving yards wtih 1 touchdown. He missed the last game of the season due to the death of his father.
He totalled 2015 rushing yards, 27 carries and 2 rushing touchdowns in Week 14 of 2021, just 11 days after dislocating his shoulder. Cook was accused of battery and assault on his former girlfriend on November 9, 2021. He denied the allegation and investigations are ongoing.
Dalvin Cook’s Teams
Minnesota Vikings (2017-Present)
Cook was drafted by the Vikings in round 2 of the 2017 NFL Draft. He was the third running back to be drafted. Cook has put impressive performances for the Vikings. He missed a major part of his rookie season due to a torn ACL and has suffered minor injury setbacks throughout. His best season for the Vikings was in 2020 when he totalled 1557 rushing yards, 16 rushing touchdowns in 14 games. He has been named to three Pro-Bowls and has been a consistent performer for the Vikings since 2019.
Dalvin Cook Awards and Honours
First-team All-American (College)
First-team All-ACC (College)
ACC champion (College)
Second-team All-ACC (College)
Dalvin Cook Net Worth
Cook has an estimated net worth of around $20 million. His annual salary is estimated to be $12.5 million. His latest deal with the Vikings was worth $63 million, for a five-year contract.
Dalvin Cook Family
Dalvin Cook has six siblings in total. He also has a step-sibling from his father’s side. He was close to his father who passed away in 2020. Dalvin’s younger brother James Cook plays for Georgia as a running back. He is expected to be drafted in the 2022 NFL Draft.