Purple Rumor Mill: Kyle Hamilton to Vikings, Trading with the Cowboys, Dalvin Cook in a KOC Offense

Purple Rumor Mill: Kyle Hamilton to Vikings, Trading with the Cowboys, Dalvin Cook in a KOC Offense
Kyle Hamilton

VikingsTerritory‘s Purple Rumor Mill is a two-day chronicle each week. All the week’s rumors are lassoed and plopped in two spots — articles on Saturday and Sunday — for review. Today is the April 17th edition.

Remember — rumors are rumors. What you read on weekends in these pieces is what the world is talking about pertaining to the Vikings, not necessarily items that will come to fruition.


Rumor: Kyle Hamilton will fall to the Vikings on draft night

Oct 30, 2021; South Bend, Indiana, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish safety Kyle Hamilton (14) watches warm-ups before the game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

This is a classic “what if the best player in the draft falls” rumor. He won’t tumble that far.

Hamilton to simply too good to be passed up 11 times. If that happens, the Vikings should proverbially “sprint to the podium” for his services. Vikings, safeties in the 1st Round, and Notre Dame have a fabulous mixture.

It’s a cool talking point, dreaming of his plunge to Minnesota’s draft spot. But it’s wildly unlikely.

Rumor: Kwesi Adofo-Mensah will trade back with Jerry Jones and the Cowboys

Dec 29, 2019; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talks with Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder before the game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

This rumor isn’t crazy. In the grand scheme of things, it’s unlikely to occur, but stranger things have happened.

Jerry Jones said recently he’d like to trade up in the draft. Well, the Vikings have the #12 pick. Boom.

We don’t know what or who specifically Jones would want with the 12th pick, but Kwesi Adofo-Mensah should open his ears if the phone rings from Jerry World.

Rumor: Dalvin Cook isn’t necessarily needed in a Kevin O’Connell offense

Dalvin Cook
Jul 30, 2021; Eagan, MN, United States; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) participates in drills at training camp at TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

You know how, on Thanksgiving, you top pumpkin pie with whipped cream?

Cook is the whipped cream in a Ramsian O’Connell offense. In Zimmer’s offense, Cook was the pie.

While it’s true the Rams didn’t need a dominant tailback to win Super Bowl LVI, will Cook really hinder the Vikings offense? Negatory.

Sean McVay’s Rams weren’t opposed to a Top 5 RB — hell, they employed Todd Gurley for two years with McVay — it just wasn’t mandatory.

The Vikings will finish out Cook’s prime and then restart the clock with a rookie halfback, in our opinion.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).