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Vikings trade up to draft OL Elflein in third round, and add Day 3 picks

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The Vikings traded up again Friday night, leaping nine spots to draft Ohio State offensive lineman Pat Elflein at 70th overall.

Elflein (6-3, 303 pounds) was named a second-team All-American right guard for the Buckeyes in 2015 before he was asked to move to center as a senior. He went on to win the Rimington Award for the nation’s most outstanding collegiate center.

He’s the third offensive lineman to join the Vikings this offseason, including free agent tackle signings Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers.

The Vikings made running back Dalvin Cook (41st overall) the team’s first draft pick of 2017 earlier Friday night.

Minnesota dealt a fifth-round pick (160th) to the Jets to move up nine spots for Elflein.

The Vikings later traded back from No. 86 overall in the third round with Kansas City. For dropping back 18 spots to No. 104, the Vikings picked up a fourth-round pick (132nd) and a seventh-round pick (245th).

Then the Vikings dealt out of the third round again, sending the 104th selection to San Francisco for a fourth-round pick (109th) and seventh-round pick (219th).

So seven picks await the Vikings on Saturday, including three fourths (109th, 120th, 132nd), a sixth (199th) and three sevenths (219th, 232nd, 245th).

Five things to know about Dalvin Cook, new Vikings running back

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Dalvin Cook made his mark on the Florida State record book by eclipsing one of the Seminoles’ greatest – Warrick Dunn. Cook broke Dunn’s 20-year school career-rushing record after games of 267 yards against South Florida and 225 against Syracuse. He finished his career with 4,464 rushing yards.

– Cook was raised by his grandmother, Betty Cook, who, according to MMQB’s Robert Klemko, “fostered several children” in her small Miami home.

– Cook’s final collegiate game, a 33-32 FSU win over Michigan in the Orange Bowl, was one for the ages. He was dominant, rushing for 145 yards on 20 carries and added another 62 receiving yards. Of all of his eye-popping plays in that game, the one that many remember would be devastating had the Seminoles not recovered.

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– Cook came close to locking down all of the biggest collegiate awards for running backs last season. He was a finalist for the Doak Walker Award, a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award and a semifinalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award.

– Shockingly, no athletes who played high school football in the state of Florida were taken in the first round of the draft. Cook, chosen 41st, was just the third overall from the state. The two taken ahead of him were guard Forrest Lamp from Western Kentucky, drafted 38th by the Chargers; and Florida safety Marcus Maye, drafted 39th by the Jets.

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