Published July 31, 2006 12:43 am

The following excerpt was taken frim the following article;

Vikings notebook: Sharper no longer the ‘new guy’

By Shane Frederick
The Free Press


[size=18px]Cook prepared[/size]

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.

“The more you’re willing to do, the longer you stay around,” Cook said following Sunday’s Minnesota Vikings morning practice. “I’m trying to learn as much as possible as fast as possible.”

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.

“He has great athletic ability,” Bevell said. “We may be able to find opportunities for him to compete and see what he can do for us.”

Cook, the highest draftee from New Mexico since Brian Urlacher went in the first round in 2000, said he hasn’t played right tackle since high school.