Dalvin Cook was nearly a first-round pick.
According to an article on WalterFootball.com, Minnesota Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook barely escaped the first round of the 2017 NFL draft. The former Florida State speedster was nearly selected by—take a deep breath—the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who selected Alabama tight end OJ Howard with the No. 19 overall pick.
Per Walter Football, a source with the Buccaneers explained: “[Mitchell] Trubisky going 2 and then the other two QBs going in the top 12 pushed guys down. There wasn’t as much need for tight ends with teams ahead of us, and typically tight ends don’t go that high. We were lucky. If O.J. had been taken right before us, Dalvin [Cook] would’ve been the pick.”
The Vikings could thank the Bucs for not selecting Cook, but both teams appear to have benefitted from the early run on quarterbacks during the first round of the draft.