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Connor Cook | Quarterback

Team: Michigan State Spartans
Age / DOB:  (22) / 1/29/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 218

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NFL Media ranks Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook as the No. 7 offensive player in the NCAA.
The site compares Cook to Matt Ryan. "The senior is primed for a run at the College Football Playoff, supported by a stout defense, as long as the new weapons around him on offense are able to make their share of big plays," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. "In Mark Dantonio's balanced offense, he won't have the stats of some other Heisman Trophy-contending quarterbacks, but as long as Michigan State has a zero in the loss column, he'll be in the conversation." The 6-foot-4, 218-pound Cook averaged 247 passing yards per game last year and posted a 24/8 TD/INT rate. May 24 - 12:27 PM
Source: NFL.com

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NFL Media compares Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook to Matt Ryan.

"Both of these quarterbacks see the entire field with a 6-4, 220-pound frame and can throw with velocity or touch as needed," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. "Both have enough athleticism to move out of the pocket and buy another couple of seconds to throw, but neither is a rushing threat across the line of scrimmage." Cook has thrown for 6,063 yards, 47 touchdowns and 15 interceptions across his career while going 23-3 in starts at Michigan State.
Source: NFL.com
May 23 - 3:06 PM

SB Nation's Dan Kadar reports that Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook "would have been on the fringe" of the first round had he entered the 2015 NFL Draft.

Many believe that Cook would have been a Round 1 lock, so this is an interesting dispatch. "He's a good player, but maybe not great in any particular area," Kadar wrote. "He also suffers from bouts of inconsistency and will miss on too many throws. Cook has a career completion percentage of 58.3, a number that will have to get higher." Cook is the No. 3 prospect in the Big Ten, according to the Big Ten Network's Sean Merriman. CBS Sports grades Cook as the No. 1 QB prospect in the nation and the prospect slotted No. 2 to the Browns in Todd McShay's 2016 mock draft.
Source: SB Nation
May 22 - 9:53 PM

Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook is the No. 3 prospect in the Big Ten, according to the Big Ten Network's Sean Merriman.

Cook boasts a 23-3 record as Spartans' starter. "Small tweaks to his footwork and escaping pressure could certainly lead to Cook being a top 10 pick in the 2016 draft," Merriman wrote. CBS Sports grades Cook as the No. 1 QB prospect in the nation and the prospect slotted No. 2 to the Browns in Todd McShay's 2016 mock draft.
May 19 - 12:15 AM

Scout.com ranks Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook as the No. 11 overall prospect.

"Cook is your classic NFL prospect at this position with good size and a good arm," wrote Jamie Newberg. "He has been highly productive and efficient the past two seasons at Michigan State, throwing 45 touchdown passes and close to 5,800 passing yards. When he's tight with his mechanics and steps into his throws Cook's as accurate as they come." ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Cook as the No. 15 player in the class, CBS Sports grades him as the No. 1 QB prospect in the nation and Cook slotted No. 2 to the Browns in Todd McShay's 2016 mock draft.
Source: Scout.com
May 16 - 9:47 PM

Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook debuted at No. 15 on Mel Kiper's first 2016 Big Board.

"It's more about tools than polish at this point, but Cook has a quick release with enough zip down the field and shows well-above-average mobility for a player his size (6-4, 220)," he wrote. "On the downside, he often doesn't have his feet set when he throws, and the accuracy suffers. I think Cook made a good call to come back, because there's a lot to like but plenty to work on." Cook has thrown for 6,063 yards, 47 touchdowns and 15 interceptions across 30 career starts. He recently slotted No. 2 to the Browns in Todd McShay's 2016 mock draft.
May 16 - 5:49 PM

CBS Sports ranks Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook as the No. 1 QB prospect in the nation.

USC's Cody Kessler finished second, meaning CBS is as high on the Trojans signal-caller as we are. "Scouts are intrigued by Cook's confidence, poise and strong arm," Rob Rang wrote. Colleague Dane Brugler had Cook going No. 8 to the Rams in the 2015 draft before Cook pulled out of the process. If he has a huge season, Cook very well could be the favorite to go No. 1 overall.
Source: CBS Sports
May 15 - 8:37 PM

Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook is a "strong-armed, confident and a proven winner who could have gone in the first round in 2015 but was clearly behind Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The analyst ranked him as the No. 2 senior prospect in the land. "Could lead the pack next year and has Sparty set up for a possible title run," Rang wrote. Cook has completed 58 percent of his passes for 6,063 yards, 47 touchdowns and 15 interceptions across his 30 career starts. Cook recently slotted No. 2 to the Browns in Todd McShay's 2016 mock draft.
Source: CBS Sports
May 9 - 4:25 PM

Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook slotted No. 2 to the Browns in Todd McShay's 2016 mock draft.

"Cook has good size at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds and is coming off of back-to-back productive seasons as a starter, including leading the Spartans to Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl victories," McShay wrote. Cook has been projected all over the place in preliminary mock exercises. Josh Norris slotted him No. 12. "At times, Cook’s inability to effectively handle pressure borders on being a fatal flaw," Norris wrote. "Hopefully he harnesses the positive reps when he shows good movement while keeping his eyes up. Cook is certainly willing to throw into contested situations."
May 8 - 11:31 PM

Independent quarterback coach George Whitfield says Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook "has great physical maturity, a throwing motion that is less shotgun and more automatic weapon and [a] confidence [that] has skyrocketed."

Last season, Cook won offensive MVP at the Rose Bowl and was a second-team All-Big Ten selection. Whitfield has been working with him since he was a redshirt freshman. While the NFL has introduced several prolific dual-threat QBs in recent years, it still prefers the classic dropback profile Cook provides. "If you ask most people in this league, all things being equal, they'd take a pro-style guy over a spread quarterback," said one AFC quarterbacks coach. "When you look at our league, not many run-around quarterbacks have won. You can say [Seattle's] Russell Wilson did it, but how much do they really ask him to do? The top quarterbacks in this league make plays from the pocket."
Source: ESPN.com
May 8 - 7:11 PM

NFL.com's Draft analyst Chad Reuter believes Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook has the "prerequisite size, athleticism, anticipation, toughness, and football intelligence to excel at the next level."

In 30 career starts, the 6-foot-4, 218-pound Cook has completed 58 percent of his passes for 6,063 yards, 47 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. The Michigan State prospect has posted 23 wins in his last 26 games under center for the Spartans. Reuter notes that, if Cook "can lead an inexperienced passing game in his final collegiate season, he'll be in line for a very high draft slot."
Source: NFL.com
May 4 - 3:37 PM

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco reports that a few NFL GMs believe Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook would have been a potential top-10 pick had he opted into the draft.

"I don't even know if I like the top two guys," one general manager said. "They can both be picked apart." The 6-foot-4, 218-pound Cook elected to return to school to work on his game. Prisco questions the decision. We don't. Cook likely would have been the No. 3 QB picked over Brett Hundley and Bryce Petty, but probably would have been a late Round 1 or Round 2 selection, as opposed to a top 10 pick. A great 2015 season will likely push him into the top five.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 20 - 9:15 PM

When forced to move his feet, Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook's accuracy plummeted against Baylor, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"When forced to move his feet, however, Cook's accuracy plummeted.He threw several early passes into the turf and air-mailed many others on Michigan State's game-winning drive before finally hitting Macgarrett Kings, Jr on a perfectly-thrown post with just 17 seconds remaining to lead the Spartans to an improbable comeback," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-4, 218-pound Cook struggled through the first three quarters in the Cotton Bowl, throwing two picks and no scores. The Spartans prospect tends to drop his eyes and get frenetic with his movement rather than displaying poise and positive eye level, however, Cooks will have one more year to refine his skill-set as a Senior. Cook announced before the game that he will return to school for the 2015 season.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 2 - 2:10 PM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook completed 24-of-42 passes for 324 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Thursday's 42-41 win in the Cotton Bowl versus Baylor.

Cook struggled mightily in the first three quarters, throwing two picks and no scores. In the fourth, Cook led the Spartans to three consecutive touchdowns, storming back from a 12-point deficit. Cook, who has a talented arm and a willingness to test coverage downfield, stood tall in the pocket and took some shots to make throws. As he's struggled with muddied pockets and bodies flying around him, this was good to see. Cook announced before the game that he will return to school for the 2015 season.
Jan 1 - 8:36 PM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook will return to school for the 2015 season, according to ESPN and the AP.

Cook says he has "unfinished business" at Michigan State that needs to be taken care of next season. We have heard this line before. Cook has a very talented arm and is willing to test coverage downfield. However, hopefully Cook improves how well he handles a muddied pocket and bodies around him. Cook tends to drop his eyes and get frenetic with his movement rather than displaying poise and positive eye level. He is in the running to be the top quarterback in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 04:49:00 PM