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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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Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook admitted that "it stinks" that he was not named one of Michigan State's three captains.
Well here's a bit of a strange one. Fifth-year seniors Shilique Calhoun, Darien Harris and Jack Allen were all named captains a week ago, but the same cannot be said for perhaps the most notable name on the team. Cook admitted that he wasn't pleased, but the 6-foot-4, 218-pound senior tried to put a happy spin on it. "I for sure want to be captain, but it's not going to limit me from leading. I think for the position that I'm in, being a quarterback here, that's already assumed." While he might not be an official captain, he is a member of the Spartans' 12-man leadership council. Sep 1 - 6:30 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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NFL Media draft analyst Charles Davis believes that Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook's athleticism "is often underrated."

In an ongoing countdown of the Top-20 players in college football by NFL.com, Cook checked in at No. 10. Analyst Davis sees him as "vy[ing] for honors as best QB in the nation" this season, while Davis' colleague Lance Zierlein backed up Davis on the 6-foot-4, 218-pound senior's athletic ability, writing that he is "a better-than-average athlete outside of the pocket and has showed noticeable improvement over the last couple of seasons."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 29 - 6:59 PM

The Cleveland Browns have contacted Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook's old high school coach in a continued scouting effort for the 2016 NFL Draft.

Cook's coach at Walsh Jesuit High School, Gerry Rardin, told CBS Sports that the Browns visited him in July. Said the now-retired coach, "They feel like Connor is going to be one of the more important guys in the draft, for sure." It's certainly true that the 6-foot-4, 218-pound gunslinger will be one of the names to watch this season, but given how thoroughly the Browns tend to chew through quarterbacks, he would probably prefer that they latch onto somebody else.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 27 - 7:43 PM

NFL draft analyst Chad Reuter believes Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook "has the size, athleticism, anticipation, toughness, and football intelligence to excel in the NFL."

"Cook is one of the most intriguing prospects in college football, and could be the 2016 draft's top overall pick if he can lead an inexperienced group of receivers to success in his final season with the Spartans," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot-4, 218-pound Cook has already thrown for 6,063 yards, with 47 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, and has started the last 26 games for the Spartans. Cook's has been added to the watch lists for the Maxwell Award, Davey O'Brien Award, and the Walter Camp Player of the Year.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 10 - 3:33 PM

Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook's "arm strength and ability to fit passes into tight windows have allowed the Spartans to make big plays in the passing game to support a consistently good ground attack," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"While Cook's decision-making and accuracy aren't as consistent as you would like, behind a great offensive line Cook has avoided making many costly mistakes, with a manageable eight interceptions last year and hardly any sacks taken," Brown wrote. He ranks Cook as the No. 34 overall player in the land. We like Cook's situational awareness, but the skill sometimes leads to the mistakes discussed by Brown: He had a higher QB rating when blitzed last year because of a usually-good instinct to loft the ball outside into single coverage after recognizing pre-snap aggressiveness from the defense. That style leads to big plays when the receiver finds the ball and mistakes when the defender does instead, though both scenarios stem from the same impulse. Coaching may be able to help him recognize when he's being bated into a disadvantageous scenario.
Aug 7 - 5:03 PM

Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook's quarterback rating greatly improved when he was blitzed, according to Pro Football Focus.

Cook's quarterback rating improved by 35: 83 when not blitzed and 128.6 when blitzed. Also, Cook threw 16 touchdowns and only one interception when blitzed. The difference is large but not totally surprising if you have watched Cooks, as he will immediately test single coverage on the outside with lofted passes once recognizing blitzes pre-snap. His receivers were able to adjust to these passes last year, which is critical for success.
Aug 3 - 12:30 PM

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

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