Published July 31, 2006 12:43 am
The following excerpt was taken frim the following article;
Vikings notebook: Sharper no longer the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœnew guyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢
By Shane Frederick
The Free Press
Ryan Cook was drafted as a center, having played four years there at New Mexico. But in the NFL, he knows he has to be ready to learn other positions along the offensive line.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The more youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re willing to do, the longer you stay around,Ã¢â‚¬Â Cook said following SundayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Minnesota Vikings morning practice. Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m trying to learn as much as possible as fast as possible.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said that Cook, a 6-foot-6, 328-pounder whom the Vikings selected in the second round, will also get some time at right tackle to give the line some depth.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“He has great athletic ability,Ã¢â‚¬Â Bevell said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We may be able to find opportunities for him to compete and see what he can do for us.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Cook, the highest draftee from New Mexico since Brian Urlacher went in the first round in 2000, said he hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t played right tackle since high school.