Vikings Free Agent Rumors: 49ers Interested in Chris Cook


Oct 27, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook (20) warms up prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

This may come as a shock to some, but there’s a team out there that wants Chris Cook. Or at least wants to take a look at him.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that Cook is one of at least two cornerbacks drawing interest from the San Francisco 49ers.

As Barrows points out, Cook’s value is in his size and length, attributes that theoretically make him an attractive option as a man corner.

Those same attributes could be considered valuable to Mike Zimmer as well, as Zimmer tries to rework the Vikings into a blitzing, man-cover-type defense.

Unfortunately, as you well know, Cook comes with some red flags. He is prone to injury, and there are questions about his overall attitude and character.

To me, the biggest issue with Cook is his lack of innate feel for the cornerback position. The man has zero interceptions in his career. That’s down to a combination of poor instincts and terrible ball skills, two things that are impossible to correct.

Even playing off like Cook did most of the time in Minnesota, you should get a pick occasionally just from out fighting a guy, or timing a leap correctly on a badly thrown ball, or just knowing how to position yourself.

But no. Not one interception for Cook. Not even a luck one.

The Niners want to look at him anyway, perhaps believing his issues are correctable. San Francisco will also look at Nolan Carroll, a cornerback who has been connected to the Vikings in speculation.

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