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.
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."
Michigan State LB Darien Harris said QB Connor Cook was "the best quarterback in the country, no doubt about it."
NFL.com's Bucky Brooks ranks Michigan State's Connor Cook over Memphis' Paxton Lynch.
Per Walter Football's sources, "a number of evaluators don't really like [Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook]."
Following his decision to skip the Senior Bowl, NFL.com Media analyst Lance Zierlein called Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook's postseason "a disaster."
Michigan State QB Connor Cook declined his Senior Bowl invitation, according to Dane Brugler of CBS Sports.
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.
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.
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."
AL.com'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."
Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook (shoulder) said that his pre-bowl rest has "done everything [for his ailing shoulder]."
Michigan State junior T Jack Conklin said that senior QB Connor Cook is "not a selfish guy."
Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook (shoulder) expects to be fully healthy for the Cotton Bowl against Alabama on New Year's Eve.