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Connor Cook | Quarterback

Team: Michigan State Spartans
Age / DOB:  (21) / 1/29/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 218

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CBS Sports' Dane Brugler has the Titans taking Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook No. 5 in his most recent mock draft.
That's only one spot behind Mariota (who went No. 4 to the Bucs). "I'm sure many are surprised to see this name so high in a mock draft, but Cook continues to improve with every snap he takes, showing he has NFL skills," Brugler wrote. "Jake Locker is a free agent and Ken Whisenhunt will want a quarterback that fits what he wants to do -- and that could be the Spartans passer if he declares." Rotoworld's Josh Norris isn't as high on Cook, ranking him as the No. 4 draft-eligible QB. "Has to improve how he manages the pocket. Has to," Norris wrote. "But on a team that will keep him clean on most snaps in the pocket, Cook will have success. That is an unrealistic scenario to ask for." Oct 21 - 6:07 PM
Source: CBS Sports

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Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook completed 24-of-32 attempts for three touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 56-17 win over Indiana.

Believe it or not, this was just the second time this season that Cook cracked 300 yards passing. Cook looks outstanding in a clean pocket, waiting for breakout WR Tony Lippett to get a step on his defender, but he gambles a bit too much at this juncture in his career for our liking. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Cook as the No. 4 draft-eligible QB. "Has to improve how he manages the pocket. Has to," Norris wrote. "But on a team that will keep him clean on most snaps in the pocket, Cook will have success. That is an unrealistic scenario to ask for."
Source: Rotoworld
Oct 18 - 8:21 PM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook completed 19 of 37 attempts for three touchdowns and an interception in the school's 45-31 win over Purdue.

He added 34 rushing yards. Cook absolutely loves testing the left sideline when Tony Lippett is in single coverage, frequently using timing and touch to hit a bucket throw, However, Cook's willingness to throw into coverage results in mistakes too. In a clean pocket Cook can be really good. That perfect situation is rarely found in the NFL.
Oct 11 - 7:22 PM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook completed 11 of 29 attempts for 234 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the school's 27-22 win over Nebraska.

We would have thought the box score would have been better. Cook opened the game with an interception on a questionable decision after the climbing the pocket. However, Cook displayed his talented arm when hitting throws across the middle of the field or testing tight coverage. Many college quarterbacks have to see a receiver open to throw it to them. Cook does not.
Oct 5 - 12:30 PM

A Blake Bortles type "emergence" could happen for Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook, according to NFL Media's Albert Breer.

"Last year, Blake Bortles' emergence as an elite QB prospect seemed sudden. Could happen again. Keep an eye on Michigan State's Connor Cook," Breer tweeted. Rotoworld's Josh Norris has ranked Cook as the No. 3 passer in this class since the summer, however, Cook has a major flaw of not handling the pocket appropriately when pressured. He has to improve in that area.
Oct 4 - 11:14 AM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook "is a much better NFL prospect than most give him credit for right now," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"When discussing the top quarterback prospects for the 2015 class, Oregon's Marcus Mariota, Florida State's Jameis Winston and UCLA's Brett Hundley are the three that most place in the first round. But Cook belongs in that conversation as a possible first round pick next spring and is a much better NFL prospects than most give him credit for right now," Brugler wrote. The Michigan State prospect is completing 69 percent of his passes and is 54-for-78 for 837 yards. At the moment, Cooks is averaging 15.5 yards per pass, with a 9-to-2 TD-to-INT ratio on the season.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 2 - 2:19 PM

Michigan State junior QB completed 8 of 12 attempts for 126 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 56-14 win over Wyoming.

Cook added a rushing touchdown. For the second straight week, Cook was not needed in a blowout win. Wyoming could not create an interior pass rush, which is where Cook struggles. The Spartans face Nebraska next week.
Sep 27 - 3:16 PM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook completed five of six passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 73-14 win over Eastern Michigan.

Simply put, Cook was not needed in this contest and also added another rushing touchdown. Cook's two passing scores were converted from 23 and eight yards out. The junior has plenty to work on, namely a willingness to hand in the pocket on a consistent basis and manipulate the pocket against pressure, but he also has plenty of positive traits.
Sep 20 - 3:32 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Michigan State QB Connor Cook "has a chance to be a first round prospect, despite the Spartans loss in Eugene over the weekend."

"But through two games in 2014, nothing has changed my opinion that Cook has a chance to be a first round prospect, despite the Spartans loss in Eugene over the weekend," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 220 pound Cook, completed 29 of 47 attempts for 343 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the school's 46-27 loss to Oregon. Brugler notes that despite throwing a pair of interceptions, Cook performed well "in one of the most hostile environments" and "on the opposite coast, Cook had more positives than negatives."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 9 - 3:46 PM

Michigan State QB Connor Cook completed 29 of 47 attempts for 343 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the school's 46-27 loss to Oregon.

Twitter's reaction to Cook throughout this game was priceless, as many were impressed for the first time. Cook can very, very good in a clean pocket, throwing lasers to the sideline or across the middle of the field. However, as much as we like Cook's talent, his issues against pressure are indisputable. A few examples stick out. One, Cook dropped his eyes in the first half, panicked in the pocket and threw a horrible interception. Second, Cook later dropped his eyes again and phantom sacked himself in the pocket. Every quarterback has flaws after Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. Cook has flashed pocket movement in the first two games of the season, but it is not nearly consistent enough.
Sep 7 - 10:32 AM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook believes the hit by Jacksonville State's Folo Johnson's on him "was a pretty bad cheap shot."

"I thought it was a pretty bad cheap shot," Cook told ESPN.com on Tuesday. "I’ve seen a lot of hits, growing up, watching TV and stuff like that. I’ve never seen a hit like that, so low and so late. I thought it was a really dirty hit. But I’m glad things aren’t as bad as it looked." On Cook's first big throw of the game, he took the low hit to the knee after releasing the ball on the move. Cook limped off the field, but did not have to miss any plays. The Spartans prospect was almost close to perfect in the Spartans 45-7 win, throwing only one incompletion on the day, passing for 285 yards and three touchdowns before sitting out the rest of the second half out.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 3 - 8:32 AM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook completed 12 of 13 attempts for 285 yards and three touchdowns in the school's 45-7 win over Jacksonville State.

Cook only played one half, but looked impressive. On Cook's first big throw of the game, he climbed and escaped the pocket to the right and took a nasty hit to the knee after releasing the ball on the move. Cook hobbled to the bench and needed assistance getting there, but was able to return very quickly. Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston top quarterback lists, however, Cook should be mentioned more frequently as the third option.
Aug 30 - 9:13 AM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook was not named one of the school's three captains.

Senior safety Kurtis Drummond, junior edge rusher Shilique Calhoun and senior offensive lineman Travis Jackson were named the three captains. Beat writer Joe Rexrode calls the outcome "somewhat surprising, not shocking." 2014 was Cook's first year as a starter. He displayed plenty of upside, but development in the form of poised pocket would be nice to see.
Aug 21 - 2:39 PM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook is "very capable" of breaking the Spartans' stretch of not having a top-40 drafted quarterback, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

MSU hasn't had a QB drafted in the top 40 during the Super Bowl era. "He is a good-sized athlete for the position with enough mobility to handle the high volume of rollouts and bootlegs in the Spartan's pro-style attack," Brugler wrote. "Cook has a quick set up and delivery with an easy release and top-shelf arm strength to make all the throws, displaying an arsenal of frozen ropes. He has functional downfield touch and controls his velocity well with fast eyes to see the field well on the move." Rotoworld projects the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder as a first-rounder in next spring's draft, though Cook needs to continue developing to make good on that projection. "Cook tends to ignore his footwork and lower half mechanics and with 58.7-percent completions, he has room to improve his ball placement, especially downfield," Brugler wrote. "He is too willing to throw off balance before his body and feet are set."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 9:38 PM

"Sparty is in good hands" with junior QB Connor Cook, proclaims Scout Inc.'s Kevin Weidl.

"Strong pocket presence, quality decision maker and functional mobility to extend plays," Weidl wrote. The 6-foot-4, 220 pound prospect worked with quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr. over the summer. "He's one of those guys who now has the pilot light on inside, and with more experience, that confidence will bode well. The most dangerous thing you can have in a quarterback is confidence, and that guy has it," Whitfield Jr. said earlier this month.
Jul 26 - 4:40 PM