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Connor Cook | Quarterback

Team: Michigan State Spartans
Age / DOB:  (23) / 1/29/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 218

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TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that "scouts and insiders I spoke with in Mobile said the situation surrounding [Michigan State QB Connor] Cook’s personality poses a problem for them."
Pauline previously reported that Cook's Michigan State teammates were "less than effusive in their praise" of the quarterback. It appears the whispers have only just begun. "The fact he chose not to attend the Senior Bowl further complicates the situation and it’s something Cook will be grilled about during the Combine," Pauline wrote. Media analyst Lance Zierlein does not believe Cook will go in the first round. Feb 2 - 5:18 PM

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Senior Bowl Director Phil Savage announced three healthy players declined Senior Bowl invitations: Alabama C Ryan Kelly, Michigan State QB Connor Cook and Oregon DE DeForest Buckner.

The story here is Cook, who some thought may have declined his invite due to a shoulder injury he had in the latter stages of the season. Savage swiftly shot down that narrative when he took the stage on Tuesday. Cook is having a disastrous start to the draft process. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline recently reported from the Senior Bowl that Cook's Spartan teammates "have been less than effusive in their praise of Connor Cook." Media analyst Lance Zierlein does not believe Cook will go in the first round.
Jan 26 - 2:09 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline hears that word at the Senior Bowl is that "MSU teammates have been less than effusive in their praise of [Michigan State QB] Connor Cook."

Cook, himself, is not at the Senior Bowl, as he opted to skip the annual post-post season event due to the shoulder injury he struggled with down the 2015 stretch run. Rumblings about the 6-foot-4, 218-pound Spartan's personality issues have been widely publicized, from his Big Ten Championship Game snub of Archie Griffin to the beginning of the season when he wasn't named a team captain. To this point, though, his Spartan teammates have at least been publicly supportive, with LB Darien Harris calling the talk "blasphemous" before adding that he's a "great guy who comes from a great family." Harris made his comments last week. NFL teams will be questioning Cook on his personality issues (perceived or otherwise) as the draft process commences in full. We doubt this is the last you'll hear of Cook's more prickly aspects.
Jan 25 - 11:36 PM

Michigan State LB Darien Harris said QB Connor Cook was "the best quarterback in the country, no doubt about it."

Said Harris, "For how close and tight-knit the team was, to me it's been kind of blasphemous, the amount of things that have been said about [Cook]." The 6-foot-4, 218-pound gunslinger's attitude has come under fire over the last few months due to his apparent snub of Heisman winner Archie Griffin following the Big Ten Championship Game and his subsequent decision to forego the Senior Bowl. Toss in a pitiful performance against Alabama in the Cotton Bowl and it's enough that NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein's termed Cook's postseason "a disaster." Harris firmly denies there's any attitude issue afoot, though. "It's been a mystery to us, and it's really unfortunate. He's a great guy who comes from a great family," he said.
Jan 21 - 5:21 PM's Bucky Brooks ranks Michigan State's Connor Cook over Memphis' Paxton Lynch.

Brooks' top five QBs in order are: Jared Goff (California), Carson Wentz (North Dakota State), Cook, Lynch, and Christian Hackenberg (Penn State). "Lynch is the wild card of the pack as an ultra-talented playmaker with remarkable athleticism for his size," Brooks wrote. "He struggled down the stretch, but a strong performance in workouts could send his stock soaring heading into draft day." Cook's accuracy and leadership have been questioned by scouts. He didn't help his case by declining a Senior Bowl invite.
Jan 19 - 12:21 PM

Per Walter Football's sources, "a number of evaluators don't really like [Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook]."

"Sources say that Cook has good height, weight and delivery, but a number of evaluators don't really like him," the site noted. "They think he's too inaccurate and question his lack of leadership with his team not voting him a team captain. If one highly touted quarterback prospect slides like others have in years past, Cook could be the prime candidate." Walter Football's rankings sandwich Cook between the top two QBs (California's Jared Goff and Memphis' Paxton Lynch) and the developmental signal-callers they rank Nos. 4-5 (North Dakota State's Carson Wentz and Ohio State's Cardale Jones). WF mocks Cook No. 15 to the St. Louis Rams.
Jan 13 - 12:58 PM

Following his decision to skip the Senior Bowl, Media analyst Lance Zierlein called Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook's postseason "a disaster."

Zierlein went on to indicate that he doesn't believe Cook will be drafted in the first round. Fellow analyst Daniel Jeremiah was also critical of the 6-foot-4, 218-pound gunslinger's decision to forego the Senior Bowl, comparing it to A.J. McCarron's decision in 2014. Wrote Jeremiah, "I thought the McCarron decision was a big mistake and that cost him in the draft. I'm surprised Cook didn't learn from that decision." To be fair to Cook, he's been nursing a shoulder injury over the last two months and it's possible that he just wants to make sure he's 100%. Regardless of the reason why he opted out of the Senior Bowl ala McCarron, Marcus Mariota and Brett Hundley, at the very least, he's not doing himself any favors. Especially after questions had already been broached about his persona and attitude.
Jan 11 - 3:10 PM

Michigan State QB Connor Cook declined his Senior Bowl invitation, according to Dane Brugler of CBS Sports.

We will take it one step further and add that Cook practically scoffed at his initial decision during the quarterback's senior season. We have seen plenty of quarterbacks make a similar decision in recent years: AJ McCarron, Geno Smith, even Marcus Mariota and Brett Hundley last year. However, the NFL has seemingly rewarded those who attended the event including EJ Manuel, Derek Carr and others. Cook has plenty to prove, but apparently believes otherwise.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 10 - 2:55 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah noted that he "wouldn't crush [Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook]" for his lackluster numbers in a 38-0 Cotton Bowl loss to Alabama.

First, the lackluster numbers. Cook completed 19-of-39 passes for 210 yards and two interceptions against Alabama's all-universe defense on New Year's Eve. Now, Jeremiah's analysis. Wrote the draft analyst, "He was pressured all night, his wide receivers couldn't create separation and they also dropped a couple balls. Alabama just had much better personnel than Michigan State." Jeremiah went on to speak highly of the 6-foot-4, 218-pound senior's arm strength and ability to work through progressions. He sees Cook's best NFL situation being a team that would allow him to sit for a time, rather than a team that would throw him into the fire immediately. Despite his sometime issues with decision-making, it would be a surprise if Cook slid out of the first round in the spring.
Jan 3 - 9:18 PM

Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook completed 19-of-39 passes for 210 yards and two interceptions in Thursday's 38-0 demoralization at the hands of Alabama in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

Wow. Just wow. Cook was a first-hand witness to one of the most complete defensive performances of the college football season. Alabama spent the hype week comparing Cook to the likes of Peyton Manning, then promptly erased him from the face of the earth. The 6-foot, 194-pound senior had just one real scoring opportunity. It came near the end of the first half and included a conversion on 3rd-and-18. Cook made several nice throws on the drive. And then one very, very horrible one, as he locked onto his receiver in the red zone and threw a pass that even Christian Hackenberg would consider ill-advised. It resulted in a predictable Cyrus Jones interception. All told, 10 of Michigan State's 13 drives ended in either punts or turnovers on downs. The other three ended in straight-up turnovers. Not the shiniest way for Cook to end his collegiate career.
Jan 1 - 12:17 AM

Alabama junior S Eddie Jackson said, "[Senior S] Geno [Matias-Smith] is calling [Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook] Peyton Manning. I can kind of give him that."

Jackson added, "On film, the types of throws you see him make, you’re just like, 'Whoa.' You see him make another one, you’re like, 'Dang.'" The 6-foot, 194-pound junior went on to call Cook "the real deal." Cook's one of the top quarterback prospects in the country, but to compare him to Manning--one of the most statistically productive quarterbacks in NFL history--might be a bit much. The hyperbole's been flying about at full throttle as the pre-Playoff week commences, with everybody from Jackson and Matias-Smith to defensive coordinator Kirby Smart getting in on the action. Smart compared Cook to former Boston College gunslinger and current middle-of-the-pack-NFLer Matt Ryan.
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 06:45:00 PM's Matt Zenitz noted that Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart said that Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook "reminds him of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan when Ryan was at Boston College."

The Michigan State prospect has been solid for the Spartans in 2015, throwing for 2,921 yards with 24 touchdowns to just five interceptions. With a huge win over a tough Crimson Tide defense, it could give his draft stock a slight boost. The 6-foot-4, 218-pound senior has been seen as one of the top-3 quarterback prospects heading into the NFL draft.
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 02:41:00 PM

Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook (shoulder) said that his pre-bowl rest has "done everything [for his ailing shoulder]."

Said Cook, "I went home and did some extra rehab, lifted a little bit and strengthened [the shoulder] and rested it." He's practiced with a shoulder brace, though no word as to whether he'll be wearing that against Alabama on New Year's Eve. The 6-foot-4, 218-pound senior initially injured the shoulder against Maryland on November 14.
Source: USA Today
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 05:42:00 PM

Michigan State junior T Jack Conklin said that senior QB Connor Cook is "not a selfish guy."

Much has been made of Cook's attitude and how it might effect his draft status, but Conklin's not buying it. Said the Sparty left tackle, "We have [the Big Ten Championship Game MVP trophy] on a little shelf at the top of our room. [Cook] said, 'This game wouldn’t have been won if it wasn’t for you guys.' I think that goes to show his character right there. He’s not a selfish guy." The 6-foot-4, 218-pound senior quarterback figures to be one of the first passers off the board in the 2016 NFL Draft unless teams get skittish about his attitude.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 08:13:00 PM

Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook (shoulder) expects to be fully healthy for the Cotton Bowl against Alabama on New Year's Eve.

Driven to the turf in a win over Maryland on Nov. 14, Cook has been battling the nagging injury ever since. Luckily, he will have had several weeks to heal between games. "The last two days of practice I've felt really good," he said. "[It's] the best I've felt since the injury." Michigan State's offensive line knows they will have to keep a disruptive Tide front off of Cook's back. "That'll be a huge factor," left tackle Jack Conklin said. "You watch them in their prior games, and it's going to come down to, 'Can we get the ball rolling to get Connor more time?'"
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 09:19:00 PM