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NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah indicated that he believes the NFL Scouting Combine will offer Michigan State QB Connor Cook "his opportunity to start building some momentum."

Jeremiah believes that the criticism Cook took for skipping the Senior Bowl was warranted, but that doesn't mean he sees the 6-foot-4, 218-pounder as a completely lost cause. Wrote Jeremiah, "If he interviews well and has a good workout, the buzz will start to build." Most current mock drafts do not have Cook projected for the first round. Barring a disaster at the combine, though, his stock could well begin to improve by degrees.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 13 - 2:48 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles provide an ideal fit for Michigan State QB Connor Cook, according to NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks.

"Doug Pederson takes over, and he is going to re-install that West Coast offense that has been so successful for them," Brooks said. "I think Cook would be a nice fit with that." With Cook's stock plummeting, it's possible that he could be had early on Day 2. If a team falls in love with him, they may see that scenario as an ideal buy-low proposition for a potential quarterback of the future. Cook has plenty of time, of course, to rehab his image.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 12 - 8:50 PM

An NFC North scout calls Michigan State OT Jack Conklin "tougher than old beef jerky."

"That is a dude, right there," the scout said. "He was busting up Ohio State in the fourth quarter of that game not because he was more talented than those guys but because he just wanted it more. He's tougher than old beef jerky. He fits in our division." We never tire of pro scouts, the displaced poets of our generation. Last week, Pro Football Focus analyst Gordon McGuinness said Conklin would be a nice fit for the Panthers.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 9 - 5:19 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Gordon McGuinness believes that "someone like [Michigan State WR] Aaron Burbridge would make sense [for the Panthers] as a later round draft pick."

McGuinness does have his questions about Burbridge given that the 6-foot-1, 208-pound Michigan State product "doesn’t possess the prototypical size teams look for in a number one receiver, and he’s unlikely to blow anyone away with his 40 yard dash time." We can't argue with either point there. At the same time, Burbridge has experience as a No. 1 option after logging an 85-1258-7 receiving line for the 2015 campaign and McGuiness came away impressed with his performance against Michigan corner Jourdain Lewis (who graded out as PFF's top cornerback in the country). In that contest, Burbridge caught seven passes for 109 yards.
Feb 8 - 5:34 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Gordon McGuinness believes that Michigan State T Jack Conklin "doesn’t seem to carry the same hype as players like Laremy Tunsil and Ronnie Stanley."

McGuinness was breaking down the draft needs for Sunday's Super Bowl competitors. No surprise that he thinks a tackle like Conklin could help the Panthers' cause. This past season, the 6-foot-6, 330-pound Spartan product graded out as PFF's third-best tackle in college football. Due to a perceived lack of hype, McGuiness believes" it’s not out of the realms of possibility that he could slide [to the Panthers at pick 30]." NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter doesn't see him plummeting like that, though, as Reuter projected Conklin to the Colts with the 18th pick in a late January four-round mock.
Feb 8 - 3:21 PM

Michigan State signed four-star DE Josh King.

The Illinois native King played his high school ball at Hinsdale South High. Predictably, he drew the most interest from Big Ten squads Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Michigan. HC Mark Dantonio beat that lot out for the 6-foot-6, 233-pounder's signature. ESPN 300 ranks him as their 189th prospect, noting, "King has appealing size and speed at this point in his physical development. With added strength, he could become a very tough and productive DL at the next level."
Feb 7 - 3:26 PM

Michigan State HC Mark Dantonio said that in his 2016 recruiting class, "You're going to see a lot of them play as true freshmen."

Dantonio initially tried to tamp down expectations, saying, "Recruiting is not a science, because you're investing in people, and people change and develop. That said, I'm very excited about this class." Rivals ranked the Spartans as having the No. 19 class in the country. Among the names that you might see in 2016, WR's Justin Layne and Trishton Jackson, as well as the likes of defensive linemen Josh King, Naquan Jones and Mike Panasiuk. Obviously, none are locks to play and it's reasonable to expect that we'll have a more clear picture come August camp.
Source: mlive.com
Feb 4 - 8:41 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that "scouts and insiders I spoke with in Mobile said the situation surrounding [Michigan State QB Connor] Cook’s personality poses a problem for them."

Pauline previously reported that Cook's Michigan State teammates were "less than effusive in their praise" of the quarterback. It appears the whispers have only just begun. "The fact he chose not to attend the Senior Bowl further complicates the situation and it’s something Cook will be grilled about during the Combine," Pauline wrote. NFL.com Media analyst Lance Zierlein does not believe Cook will go in the first round.
Feb 2 - 5:18 PM

Michigan State WR Aaron Burbridge caught two passes for 43 yards in Saturday's Reese's Senior Bowl.

Burbridge caught a 29-yard Hail Mary from Louisiana Tech QB Jeff Driskel at the end of the game, but was otherwise a non-factor. The 6-foot, 210-pound wideout did do a nice job of catching the pass among a sea of defenders, but there's little else that can be gleaned from the game (as generally tends to be the case at such bowls). During the practice week, waves were made when his hand measured to just eight inches. Fine size for other body parts, but a bit on the small side for a receiver's hand. During the 2015 campaign, he caught 85 passes for 1,258 yards and seven touchdowns while working more/less as QB Connor Cook's only real receiving threat. As such, he does have experience as a No. 1 receiving option, hand size be darned.
Jan 30 - 8:55 PM

Michigan State C Jack Allen "is having a great week," according to Rotoworld's Josh Norris.

"Allen handled his 1 on 1 repetitions against Austin Johnson [on Wednesday], sitting and anchor in just a few steps against a super powerful interior player," he wrote. "Later in team work, Allen displayed awareness as the play called for a double to his left side. However, Allen realized his left guard secured an individual block and seamlessly switched to helping his right guard, who lost on the snap. This prevented instant pressure, which would have blown up the play." The 6-foot-2, 295-pound four-year starter, a smart grinder who lacks size, earned First team All-American honor and was named to the first-team All-Big Ten for his work last season. "I consider Allen an early NFL starter," Norris wrote.
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 28 - 4:00 PM

Michigan State WR Aaron Burbridge's hands measured in at a lowly 8 inches at the Senior Bowl.

"Love his film, but that could really impact his value, maybe push him to late rounds," wrote the Sporting News' Eric Galko. The 6-foot (he had been listed at 6-foot-1), 210-pound Burbridge already had some scouting strikes against him despite impressive film, so this is an unfortunate development. It's important to note that liked his hands just fine on the gridiron.
Jan 26 - 2:24 PM

Senior Bowl Director Phil Savage announced three healthy players declined Senior Bowl invitations: Alabama C Ryan Kelly, Michigan State QB Connor Cook and Oregon DE DeForest Buckner.

The story here is Cook, who some thought may have declined his invite due to a shoulder injury he had in the latter stages of the season. Savage swiftly shot down that narrative when he took the stage on Tuesday. Cook is having a disastrous start to the draft process. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline recently reported from the Senior Bowl that Cook's Spartan teammates "have been less than effusive in their praise of Connor Cook." NFL.com Media analyst Lance Zierlein does not believe Cook will go in the first round.
Source: AL.com
Jan 26 - 2:09 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline hears that word at the Senior Bowl is that "MSU teammates have been less than effusive in their praise of [Michigan State QB] Connor Cook."

Cook, himself, is not at the Senior Bowl, as he opted to skip the annual post-post season event due to the shoulder injury he struggled with down the 2015 stretch run. Rumblings about the 6-foot-4, 218-pound Spartan's personality issues have been widely publicized, from his Big Ten Championship Game snub of Archie Griffin to the beginning of the season when he wasn't named a team captain. To this point, though, his Spartan teammates have at least been publicly supportive, with LB Darien Harris calling the talk "blasphemous" before adding that he's a "great guy who comes from a great family." Harris made his comments last week. NFL teams will be questioning Cook on his personality issues (perceived or otherwise) as the draft process commences in full. We doubt this is the last you'll hear of Cook's more prickly aspects.
Jan 25 - 11:36 PM

Michigan State AD Mark Hollis indicated that he's concerned about the state of the campus for a potential night game against Michigan.

The two squads are set to face off in East Lansing on October 29, but Hollis would prefer that contest between the long-time rivals not occur after sunset. Said the AD, "It's not an open invitation to a drunk fest — it's a tailgate, and it's a football game, and it's how can we get the behaviors that would allow us to have more opportunities that people want." He cited a 2014 contest against Ohio State as an example of good times gone bad, noting "the numbers of bottles and behavior. . .that's not an environment we condone."
Jan 23 - 12:23 PM

Michigan State edge rusher Shilique Calhoun will not play in the Senior Bowl due to a minor injury.

Earlier on Thursday, his name had been scrubbed from the Senior Bowl roster. The reason wasn't immediately apparent, but it turns out he's been dealing with a minor injury of an undisclosed nature. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder was expected to play both linebacker and defensive end in the annual postseason bowl. We've seen several players duck their postseason bowls with "nagging" or "minor" injuries. Auburn linebacker Kris Frost did likewise on Thursday for the Shrine Game, while Michigan State QB Connor Cook ruled himself out of the Senior Bowl with a shoulder injury several weeks ago. While we understand protecting yourself heading into a potential big payday, it doesn't help these players' draft stock to be treating these things like Aaron Rogers and Tom Brady treat the NFL Pro Bowl.
Jan 21 - 5:46 PM


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