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Connor Cook | Quarterback

Team: Michigan State Spartans
Age / DOB:  (23) / 1/29/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 217

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Yahoo's Eric Edholm believes Michigan State QB Connor Cook's father may have contributed to his son's Draft Day slide.
Chris Cook, the father of Connor, was reportedly upset that the Raiders ended his son's slide, as opposed to the Cowboys. Chris is a colorful -- we're being nice -- presence on social media. His tweets are protected, but Deadspin (which published several) called them "homophobic" and "xenophobic." Chris once tweeted at a player who hit Connor late, threatening retaliation. He's a public supporter of Curt Schilling and Donald Trump. Edholm suggests that Chris' influence may inform the character questions that have dogged Connor. "Can a father have an effect on his son's draft stock? We believe it can," he wrote. "Whether that's fair or not, it's how NFL teams appear to do business." May 6 - 10:10 PM

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Raiders selected Michigan State QB Connor Cook with the No. 100 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

This year's A.J. McCarron goes earlier than he probably should. Cook (6'4/217) made 39 starts for Michigan State, posting a 34-5 record, 57.5 career completion percentage, 7.86 YPA and 71:22 TD-to-INT ratio. He tested out well in Indy, running 4.79 with a 33-inch vertical. Cook is ideally built with decent arm strength, but his accuracy is worrisome and that can be a fatal flaw. Cook was also persistently knocked for poor leadership, failing to earn team captain as a junior or senior. On the field, Cook profiles as a cross between Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn. He looks the part, but doesn't throw the ball straight or with touch on a consistent basis.
Apr 30 - 12:24 PM

The Browns are interested in Michigan State QB Connor Cook if they trade out of the No. 8 pick, according to Alex Marvez.

The selection would be in the later part of round one. The Browns have now been linked to Paxton Lynch and Cook, among others, at the quarterback position. It seems like a strong possibility that the Browns trade back again, as "analytical studies" might point to more picks leading to more success.
Apr 27 - 11:15 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora ran a mock draft with an NFL scout who projected Michigan State QB Connor Cook to be selected by the Chiefs at No. 28.

Very cool exercise by La Canfora, who puts a spin on the typical mock draft by drawing it up through the eyes of his trusted scout. La Canfora wrote of Cook-to-the-Chiefs, "We're playing a hunch here. Plenty of teams have a first-round grade on him." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein is likewise of the opinion that, despite a tumultuous process, Cook could be a first-rounder. Interestingly, La Canfora's scouting source pegs Cook to be drafted before Memphis QB Paxton Lynch. He sees Lynch falling to the Broncos at No. 31.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 26 - 10:56 PM

Michigan State's Connor Cook was voted quarterback most likely to bust in a poll of 17 NFL scouts conducted by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

"He's certainly not a front-line starter that can win you games," one NFL exec said, comparing Cook to Kyle Orton. Cook's six votes just edged out Paxton Lynch's five for the (dis)honor, with Christian Hackenberg coming in third with three votes. "Like to have a better work ethic out of a quarterback," an AFC scout added about Cook. "He liked to hit the streets and chase."
Apr 25 - 5:37 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein believes Michigan State QB Connor Cook may get taken in the first round.

This qualifies as a hot take, especially in lieu of the beating Cook has taken in recent weeks in the media. Zierlein believes that since quarterbacks will go 1-2, Paxton Lynch is going to get taken earlier that previously assumed. Once he's off the board, QB-desperate teams will jockey for Cook's services. "Cook could become a Denver Bronco, where he'd fit into Gary Kubiak's scheme," Zierlein wrote.
Apr 23 - 1:33 PM

A gamut of anonymous NFL sources skewered Michigan State QB Connor Cook's personality in a USA Today article.

"There’s something off," said an NFL quarterbacks coach. "There’s something about him that you just don’t trust him." A GM for a different team wasn't necessarily down on Cook, but he agreed with the prevailing opinion about him: "I don’t mind the kid at all. I’ll take an (expletive) who wins games over a nice guy who loses games. But there’s something missing with him." Cook went 34-5 with a 70/21 TD/INT rate at MSU. "There’s just something put-offish about him," an OC for a third team said. To be fair, MSU OC Brad Salem defended Cook, as have former teammates. But the NFL has not yet taken to him. "He’s going to fall, I think," an exec said. "Just the guy – people have their questions."
Source: USA Today
Apr 21 - 8:19 PM

An NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel doesn't believe Michigan State QB Connor Cook "can lead you to the promised land."

"It's a tell-tale sign when your teammates don't like you," the scout said, "and I know they don't. [Cook]'s good, but that position is more than physical attributes. It's also leadership. Is he going to lead your guys? I don't think so." With the draft now just a week away, it looks like Cook has failed to scrub himself free from character questions. Just last week, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline relayed that the 6-foot-4, 217-pound gunslinger "[came] across as flippant and cavalier" during interviews. Another scout who spoke with the Journal-Sentinel absolutely savaged Cook -- for every aspect of his being. "He stinks," the scout said, adding, "Average arm, average mobility, average field vision. Not a leader. Not aware." That scout went so far as to say that if Cook is drafted in the first round, the offending GM should be fired "right after they pick him." We have issues with Cook as an NFL prospect, too, but wow.
Apr 21 - 3:35 PM

Michigan State QB Connor Cook has "come across as flippant and cavalier" in interviews, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Cook continues to get assaulted with questions about his leadership and personality. On the other hand, CBS Sports' Jason La Confora reported recently that a handful of teams loved the throw-dirt-on-Connor scuttlebutt because it meant he might slide down the board to them. Cook is either going in the late first or early second rounds.
Apr 15 - 3:26 PM

Michigan State QB Connor Cook visited the Bills over the weekend.

Cook's visit was outed by CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora. The Bills have been investing resources in second-tier quarterback prospects during the pre-draft season, as they have previously hosted Mississippi State's Dak Prescott and Ohio State's Cardale Jones for visits. Of those three, the likely draft order would fall Cook, Jones, Prescott. Both Jones and Cook are generally viewed as second-to-third round prospects, though we've seen some mocks (including CBS Sports' Dane Brugler's latest) that have Cook drafted in the first round.
Apr 12 - 9:11 PM

In a mock draft posted Sunday, CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler projected the Denver Broncos to select Michigan State QB Connor Cook.

"The Broncos are almost out of options to address their need at quarterback," Brugler wrote, "which might force their hand with this pick. Cook has NFL starting traits, which might be enough for John Elway to pull the trigger here." The analyst mocks four quarterbacks into the first round, with North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz heading to the Browns at No. 2, Cal QB Jared Goff heading to the 49ers at No. 7, Memphis QB Paxton Lynch heading to the Rams at No. 15 and Cook wrapping up Day 1 as a Bronco. Cook has seen some down times through the process, but recent buzz -- for instance, ESPN's Jon Gruden believes he could end up the best gunslinger in this class -- might indicate a slight stock uptick as we hit the stretch run before the draft itself.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 11 - 8:38 PM

A scout on a team that doesn't need a QB said that some in his organization like Michigan State QB Connor Cook just as much as Carson Wentz and Jared Goff.

"I don't see him going in the top 15 picks, but after that he is in play," the scout said. "There is a lot to like there, he played in a pro-style offense, he can handle the big stage." CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora spoke with "several scouts" who have dealt with Cook and reported they are "very impressed with his personality." The analyst also reported that "some coordinators have raved internally about his demeanor following his visits there." La Canfora wrote a lengthy column investigating Cook's disappearing act from the prospect scene and concluded that teams aren't talking about him because they want him to drop to them. "The team captain thing is totally overblown, totally overblown," said one scout who spoke with CBS. "(All-American center) Jack Allen is the alpha male of that program. Period. There was no way he wasn't going to be named the offensive team captain."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 11 - 8:00 PM

Pro Football Focus calls Michigan State QB Connor Cook the biggest "buyer-beware" quarterback in the class.

While Cook led the QB class with 59.4 percent completions on deep throws, PFF believes that strength is negated by the "glaring mental errors that are a feature of his game." Were it not for seven potential interceptions dropped in 2015, the narrative on Cook may have been different." "Cook struggles to read coverage and often seems to lose sight of underneath coverage defenders, resulting in a number of turnovers," PFF wrote. "Couple the gun-slinging attitude with inconsistent accuracy—and an indifferent performance under pressure—and Cook’s outlook begins to appear bleak." Cook had the fourth-worst overall accuracy percentage among draft-eligible QBs last year. "Ultimately, the good traits simply don’t outweigh the concerns with Connor Cook’s projection," PFF concluded.
Apr 11 - 4:50 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora is "convinced" Michigan State QB Connor Cook will be "selected higher than many would want you to believe."

After investigating Cook's situation following Jon Gruden's assertion that he could be the best QB in the draft, La Canfora came away certain that the silence surrounding Cook is only there because a handful of teams hope he drops to them. "There is at least one team mulling a move up from the second round to the late first round to grab Cook if he is there," La Canfora reported. An exec whose team ranks Cook No. 2 among quarterbacks said this: "We have him right up there with the other two or three (quarterbacks), actually even higher than a few of them. We like the kid a lot. We don't think there is a whole lot separating some of these quarterbacks and Cook is the most ready to play." Gruden, by the way, gushed the following on Cook's episode: "My pass offense got better by meeting you, Cook."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 11 - 3:09 PM

ESPN's Jon Gruden said that Michigan State QB Connor Cook "is gonna be perhaps the best quarterback in this draft."

That's high praise for the much-embattled Cook, though Gruden has also referred to North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz as the most NFL-ready quarterback he has seen in years. Like all drugs, hyperbole can be abused. The Michigan State gunslinger has been among the more scrutinized draft prospects over the past few months, due to a combination of questionable arm talent and his overall character and demeanor. Not everybody is scared away, though. Of late, he has worked out for the 49ers and Browns. And he took a visit to the Saints on Thursday.
Apr 7 - 8:49 PM