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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.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." May 4 - 3:37 PM
Source: NFL.com

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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

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook could get enticed into entering the draft early.

"Somebody will get to him and tell him that Jameis Winston will fall in the draft once people continue to do background work on him," said the scout. "I'd feel much more comfortable taking (Cook) in the second round but the (NFL) coaches are going to love him. He's big and has a strong arm and a quick release and he's very smart. Just not a very accurate quarterback." ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Cook "has a legit chance to go in Round 1" if he declares early. The junior has maintained he'll return to school for his senior season, but we won't know for sure until mid-January.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 01:03:00 AM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook "has a legit chance to go in Round 1" if he declares early, according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"He's behind three other likely draft entrants at QB on my board, so there's no guarantee for Round 1," the venerable analyst wrote. "Cook is a talent, but he has work to do in multiple areas. If he leaves this year, he risks falling into Round 2 if he's not great during the draft process. And he doesn't look like a player who's ready to start as a rookie. If he returns, he could make more money down the road." We agree entirely with this assessment. The junior has said he's likely to return for his senior season, a move we think is in his best interest.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 05:38:00 PM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook completed 13-of-25 passes for 180 yards, one touchdown and an interception in Saturday's 34-10 win over Penn State.

Heading into the season, Cook was considered a potential mid-first rounder who would probably leave after the completion of the campaign. He's shown subtle on-field improvements, but they haven't been nearly pronounced as was projected. His TD/INT ratio today is the exact same as last season's output (22/6), while his completion percentage is down and his yards per attempt jumped by a little more than 1.5 yards. The junior has said he's likely to return for his senior season, a move with which we'd agree.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 06:34:00 PM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook completed 16 of 24 attempts for 254 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 45-3 win over Rutgers.

As you can tell by the score, we did not watch the game. Cook and Michigan State were helped by a strong rushing attack, but the Spartans converted a number of passes beyond 20 yards downfield. The Spartans face Penn State next weekend.
Sat, Nov 22, 2014 03:17:00 PM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook completed 14-of-31 passes for 247 yards and no touchdowns in Saturday's 37-15 win over Maryland.

This was the first time this season Cook has not thrown for at least one score. It was also just the second game this season in which he's failed to complete at least 50% of his passes. The Spartans leaned on RB Jeremy Langford (who rushed for 138 yards). Cook has to work on his fundamentals and footwork before we consider him ready to crack the top tier of quarterback prospects. The junior has hinted that he's likely to return for his senior season, a move that we think would probably help his status as a prospect, assuming that he continues to progress as he should.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 10:47:00 PM

According to NFL.com, an NFC North scout said that Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook would "really benefit" from staying in college next year.

At this point, Cook seems to be leaning toward staying in school for his senior year. The NFC North scout told NFL.com's draft team of Charles Davis, Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks that "another year of fundamentals, film and playing experience will really benefit him." The draft analysts wrote that Cook could "position himself as the No. 1 QB prospect in the game next year if he returns for another season." Cook has issues with accuracy and poise when faced with pressure, so we tend to agree that a senior season would only benefit the quarterback.
Source: NFL.com
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 07:43:00 PM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook completed 25 of 45 attempts for 358 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 49-37 loss to Ohio State.

Cook put forth a performance that we now expect: positives from a clean pocket and lows when pressured, specifically up the middle. We love that Cook is not afraid to throw into contested situations in one on one coverage, it will serve him well in the NFL and makes from some ridiculous highlights. He did flash some positives against edge pressure, however, we still worry about Cook's accuracy, decision making and poise when pressured from the interior.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 11:35:00 AM

ESPN's Steve Muench wrote that he had Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook slated as a "mid-to-late second round grade."

We should begin by noting that Cook has already said that he plans on returning to Michigan State for his senior season. Should he change his mind and declare, though, Muench noted that Cook was "capable of making all the throws." He also liked Cook's size, saying that the 6-foot-4, 218-pound junior had an "archetypal quarterback frame." Less impressive to the analyst was Cook's footwork and eye discipline, as he wrote that Cook had a tendency to lock in on his primary target at times and that "his feet aren't consistently married to his eyes within the pocket," which leads to Cook missing open receivers.
Wed, Nov 5, 2014 04:50:00 PM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook has eight more completions on throws 15-plus yards downfield compared to other Big Ten QBs.

Cook is certainly not afraid to test single coverage downfield, which is a great professional trait. Some of these numbers can be attributed to Tony Lippett making acrobatic catches and the universal poor quarterback play conference wide.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Nov 5, 2014 10:58:00 AM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook told Dan Patrick he plans on returning to school for the 2015 season.

"I was planning on it the whole time, even before this conversation," Cook said. "Who wants to leave college? College is fun... We are just taking it one week at a time as the season goes. The main goal is to use up all of my eligibility here at Michigan State." Cook did say if he was guaranteed to be a first-round pick , that would be one reason to leave. Cook has a ridiculous arm and is willing to throw into contested situations, but he really needs to improve his pocket movement against pressure.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 02:42:00 PM