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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

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline calls Michigan State redshirt senior DT Joel Heath "very underrated."

"Ability to occupy blockers creates opportunities," Pauline wrote. "Good mid-to-late round value." Heath, a fifth-year senior, moved inside from defensive end during bowl practices in 2013. Last year, the rangy 6-foot-6, 296-pounder had career highs in tackles (29), TFL (five for 22 yards) and sacks (2.5 for 19 yards).
Jun 29 - 7:25 PM

Michigan State redshirt junior LT Jack Conklin allowed 12 pressures during the 2014 season, according to Pro Football Focus.

This was good for second best in the Big Ten. Conklin was mentioned as a highly coveted prospect towards the end of last season, as many believed he was considering the draft following his redshirt sophomore season. Scouts certainly will be focusing on the Spartans' offense with Conklin and Connor Cook, among others.
Jun 29 - 11:07 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein is only concerned with Michigan State redshirt junior OT Jack Conklin's ability to change direction against inside moves.

It's an area Conklin, who has allowed only two sacks and 18 pressures over the last two seasons, can work on this fall. "Steady is the name of Jack Conklin's game," Zierlein wrote. "He has been the bell-cow for Michigan State's offensive front. Quarterback Connor Cook has a chance to shine in 2015 because he knows his blindside is protected. Conklin loves to grind it out as a run blocker and does a nice job of snapping his hips into every block." Zierlein ranks Conklin as the No. 6 offensive lineman in the country.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 28 - 4:33 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter believes that no center in the nation can match Michigan State senior C Jack Allen's "toughness, anchor, and aggressive nature."

"When an NFL offensive line coach sees that a young lineman was a high school wrestler, a smile comes across his face," Reuter wrote. "Grappling in the trenches is what a lineman does -- and is something at which Allen excels." The 6-foot-2, 295-pounder doesn't have the traditional frame of a brawler, but his technique is outstanding and he's extremely physical.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 28 - 3:01 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes that Michigan State redshirt junior OT Jack Conklin is a "lock" for the first round and "firmly" believes "he can play left tackle on Sunday's."

The 6-foot-6,330-pound Conklin has been tremendous for the Spartans. The former walk-on prospect led the Spartans with 104.5 knockdowns last season while playing a team-high 868 snaps during the regular season. Conklin only gave up 2.5 sacks all season long.
Jun 26 - 2:45 PM

Michigan State senior OLB Ed Davis is "a valuable pass rusher for a defense that will continue to be aggressive, even after the loss of coordinator Pat Narduzzi," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"At 6-foot-3, 233 pounds, he brings speed to Michigan State's strong-side linebacker position," Brown wrote. In his first year as starter in 2014, Davis posted 58 tackles, 12 TFL and seven sacks. NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter thinks he could be a Day 2 pick: "Even if he only contributes on special teams early on, look for Davis to fight for a starting spot in the NFL in time."
Jun 24 - 7:12 PM

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 LB Darien Harris benches double his weight and can squat nearly triple his weight.

The diminutive 6-foot, 220-pounder transcends his size in the weight room and plays bigger than it on the field. He benches 450 and squats 650. Starting for the first time last year after two seasons on special teams, Harris posted 48 tackles and two forced fumbles in 2014.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 22 - 11:21 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 OLB Ed Davis is "an excellent athlete with length who closes on the ball in a hurry, whether in the backfield or toward the sideline," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The 6-foot-3, 233-pounder finally cracked the starting lineup last year and acquitted himself well, posting 12 tackles for loss to earn honorable mention All-Big Ten honors. "He's not just a chase 'backer, though, as he punches plays between the tackles and is getting stronger," Reuter wrote. "He can rush the passer, too (seven sacks last season, 23 sacks in his final two years of high school at Detroit Southeastern), which means he projects to any type of defense. Even if he only contributes on special teams early on, look for Davis to fight for a starting spot in the NFL in time."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 22 - 12:03 AM

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 believes that if Michigan State redshirt junior edge player Shilique Calhoun can "hold his ground and shed reguarly in the run game, then he'll earn first-round grades."

That has been a question thus far, as the lanky Calhoun can get pushed around by physical tackles at times. "He smells the ball in the backfield and uses his length (6-5, 250) to wrap up quarterbacks," Reuter wrote. "Calhoun's flexibility around the edge is only fair, so he'll need to beat NFL-caliber tackles around the corner this year to prove to scouts that he can be a consistent pass-rush threat at the next level." Calhoun possesses top-10 tools.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 15 - 10:53 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

Michigan State HC Mark Dantonio said redshirt freshman DT David Beedle is "a force on defense."

Beedle, however, is being asked to split time along the offensive line due to the Spartans' injuries at those spots. He redshirted his first year with Michigan State and could help in sub-package situations this season.
Jun 9 - 1:20 PM


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