PHILADELPHIA – Florida State’s all-time leading rusher Dalvin Cook was selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the No. 41 overall pick in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft on Friday night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Cook becomes the 39th Seminole drafted under head coach Jimbo Fisher and is the highest FSU running back selected in 20 years – since Warrick Dunn (No. 12, 1997). He is also the ACC’s highest drafted running back since 2013 (Giovanni Bernard, No. 37).
“I’m extremely excited for Dalvin and his family,” Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “The Vikings are getting a tremendous player. He changed the numbers on the scoreboard for us here and was as dynamic as any running back I’ve ever been around. Dalvin can be a game changer at the next level. He’s one of the all-time greats to put on a Florida State uniform. He’s also a guy that was a great leader for us and worked as hard as anybody. He and his family deserve this awesome moment. I’m thrilled for him.”
Cook becomes the fourth Seminole selected by the Vikings under Fisher, joining Christian Ponder (No. 12, first round, 2011), Xavier Rhodes (No. 25, first round, 2013) and Everett Dawkins (No. 229, seventh round, 2013).
Florida State’s DeMarcus Walker was selected by the Denver Broncos with the No. 51 overall pick in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft on Friday night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Walker becomes the 40th Seminole selected under head coach Jimbo Fisher and joins teammate Dalvin Cook (No. 41 overall to the Minnesota Vikings) as 2017 NFL Draft second round picks.
“I want to congratulate DeMarcus and his family on being selected by the Denver Broncos,” Fisher said. “I watched DeMarcus work extremely hard every single day in practice for four years to get to this moment. He’s a guy that loves football and who was a tremendous leader for us. He will go down as one the top defensive players in school history. He has a great opportunity to be successful in the NFL because of his ability to play multiple positions on the defensive line and his passion for the game. DeMarcus is an outstanding young man, and I’m really excited for him and his family.”
Walker is the sixth defensive end selected by the Seminoles since Fisher became the head coach in 2010. He is the 11th second round selection under Fisher, giving the Noles 19 first or second round selections since 2011.
The Jacksonville, Fla., native becomes the first Seminole drafted by the Broncos since 2000 – when current Florida State Quality Control Assistant Jerry Johnson was selected in fourth round (No. 101 overall).