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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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TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline considers Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook "overrated."
If we respect Pauline for one thing, it's that he doesn't follow the herd. While Cook is a top-three overall prospect on some experts' boards heading into the year -- CBS Sports grades him 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 -- Pauline grades him as a ho-hum second-rounder. "Cook has the physical skills to start on the NFL level but makes to many head scratching throws which is worrisome," he wrote. "I don’t feel he’s worthy of being a top 15 choice as many predict." Jul 31 - 4:56 PM

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Michigan State QB Connor Cook "at times can look like the best quarterback in the country," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"He has a solid arm, and he's capable of fitting fastballs into tight windows, as well as making brilliant downfield throws," Brown wrote. "He's also streaky with accuracy and decision-making. Michigan State's offense -- with the run as a foundation and downfield throws working off of it -- lends itself to a somewhat lower completion rate, so Cook's 58.1 percentage isn't a surprise. Still, he's the type of quarterback who can blow away the competition for one drive, then miss easy throws the next, as his accuracy on short and mid-range throws can be erratic." The draft expert ranks Cook as the No. 6 signal-caller in the nation. "Cook -- with the help of an excellent line -- doesn't take sacks, and despite some bad decisions, he's thrown a total of 14 picks over the last two seasons," Brown wrote. "He's unquestionably one of the best quarterbacks in the country entering his senior year."
Jul 7 - 9:31 PM

Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook "has the physical traits ideally suited for the pro game," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He has effortless arm strength when he steps into his throws with proper mechanics and torque through his hips to deliver the proper trajectory on downfield passes. Bottom line with Cook, he has the physical traits ideally suited for the pro game with tape that shows off a number of NFL throws," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 218-pound Cooks has the ideal size, overall arm talent, and head on his shoulders to impress evaluators. The Michigan State prospect has passed for 6,063 yards, with 47 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, and has started the last 26 games for the Spartans.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 7 - 2:10 PM

Michigan State QB Connor Cook "has a lot of tools to work with," according to NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah.

Jeremiah highlighted one play which showcased Cook looking left after play action out of shotgun, then hitting a receiver on the right with a defensive lineman closing in on him. It was a quick play but one some quarterbacks could not make due to frenetic behavior against interior pressure. That is not to say Cook always makes positive plays when facing rushers, far from it, but he has the level of ability to make difficult throws from an unbalanced base.
Jun 30 - 9:50 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook as the best senior QB in the country.

"He was wise to return to East Lansing for another season," Kiper wrote. "Cook has good length and athleticism and a strong arm. In coming back, he needs to improve on his accuracy, which can suffer from poor footwork and from throwing off balance." The 6-foot-4, 218-pound Cook plays in an NFL system, has drawn comparisons to Matt Ryan and has thrown for 6,063 yards, 47 touchdowns and 15 interceptions across 30 career starts.
Jun 23 - 8:04 PM

Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook "likely would have been the third quarterback taken in the 2015 draft had he declared, but his return to school should do nothing but help his future stock," postulates NFL Media's Lance Zierlein.

"Cook doesn't have a rifle for a right arm, but he plays in a pro-style offense and reads the entire field, unlike many quarterbacks in college football," Zierlein wrote. "Cook is outstanding when it comes to recognizing blitzes and making the necessary pre-snap adjustments. He has the poise and courage to stand and deliver against oncoming traffic." The 6-foot-4, 218-pound Cook, who has been compared to Matt Ryan, passed for almost 6,000 yards with a superb 46/14 TD/INT rate over the past two years. He'll have to make due without wide receiver Tony Lippett and running back Jeremy Langford this fall.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 22 - 9:56 PM

Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook is "the front-runner to be the first quarterback taken in the 2016 draft," according to the MMQB's Andy Staples.

Staples passes along a lot of praise for Cook, namely focusing on how the was "primarily responsible for turning around the Spartans’ offense." Cook is not afraid to test tight windows, and Tony Lippett helped convert those last season. We would include a few negatives, including Cook's tendency to fall away from throws and occasionally make terrible decisions after erratic movements when under pressure. His arm compensates fairly often, but it also gets him in to trouble. Other top quarterbacks include Cardale Jones and Christian Hackenberg.
Source: The MMQB
Jun 18 - 12:14 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter notes that Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook "has the size, athleticism, anticipation, toughness, and football intelligence to excel at the next level."

Over the past two years, the 6-foot-4, 218-pound Cook has won 24 games, passed for almost 6,000 yards and posted a superb 46/14 TD/INT rate. "He has yet to crack the 60-percent completion barrier in his career (58.1 percent last season) and has a new receiving corps for his senior year," Reuter wrote. "Cook is the most intriguing senior prospect this year. If he can lead an inexperienced passing game to succeed in his final collegiate season, he'll be in line for a very high draft slot." Cook has been compared to Matt Ryan.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 10 - 10:01 PM

NFL Media ranks Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook as the No. 12 preseason Heisman candidate in the country.

"Cook thought about leaving early, but decided to remain in school for his senior season and again will be at the controls of a team expected to be one of the best in the Big Ten," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "He has thrown for 5,655 yards and 44 TDs in the past two seasons, and what likely will hurt him in the Heisman hunt is that he isn't likely to put up eye-catching numbers." The 6-foot-4, 218-pound Cook has been compared to Matt Ryan.
Source: NFL.com
May 25 - 6:49 PM

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.
Source: NFL.com
May 24 - 12:27 PM

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