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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."
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 21 - 6:07 PM

Michigan State redshirt senior WR Tony Lippett "doesn't have game-breaking speed, but he is above average in several other categories."

"He has improved his route running with excellent footwork in his breaks to sell patters, hold defenders and create room to work after the catch, including using a mean stiff arm. Lippett doesn't have game-breaking speed, but he is above average in several other categories, which will help him on draft weekend," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-2, 189-pound Lippett, leads the Big Ten in receiving yards (786) and receiving scores (8) and has exceeded 100 yards in five games this season. Against Indiana, Lippett had seven catches for 123 yards. Brugler notes that the Spartans prospect "put on a clinic catching the ball with his large, strong hands, using every inch of his wide catching radius to snare passes away from his body."
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 21 - 3:33 PM

Michigan State redshirt senior WR Tony Lippett had seven catches for 123 yards against Indiana on Saturday.

During Michigan State's 6-1 start, Lippett has exceeded 100 yards in five contests. He's scored a touchdown in six of seven, with Saturday's game marking the first time he has been deprived of paydirt in 2014. An AFC scout told NFL.com last month that Lippett's improvement "has been dramatic in less than a year's time." We agree. Lippett is one of the nation's most improved receivers.
Oct 18 - 8:53 PM

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 redshirt senior WR Tony Lippett had seven catches for 138 yards and a touchdown against Purdue on Saturday.

Lippett, one of the nation's most improved receivers, has gone over the century mark in receiving yards in four of six games. After catching 44 balls for 613 yards and two touchdowns as a junior, Lippett has already collected 32 receptions for 663 yards and eight touchdowns this season. Last month, ESPN Insider's Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl ranked him as the nation's No. 7 fastest rising draft prospect. "At 6-3 and 190 pounds, Lippett has the frame, body control and top-end speed teams look for in vertical threats," they wrote. "He would do well to get stronger and add some meat to his frame but he gets off the line well, can make contested catches and flashes the ability to shield defenders from the ball." An AFC scout told NFL.com last month that Lippett's improvement "has been dramatic in less than a year's time."
Oct 12 - 5:20 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

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Michigan State senior ILB Taiwan Jones' draft stock is up due to the ability he's shown as an interior run defender.

"Prior to the season I raved about Jones, referring to him as the hidden gem on the Spartans defense," Pauline wrote. "The senior is a secret no more and looked outstanding during State’s win over Nebraska." Against the Huskers, Jones led the team with 10 tackles -- three for loss -- and a sack. "More importantly Jones was the main ingredient in holding the Cornhuskers Ameer Abdullah to just 45 yards," Pauline wrote. "Abdullah had averaged 166-yards in Nebraska’s first five games this year. Jones displayed great skill in space last season when he lined up on the outside and the ability he’s showing as an interior run defender in 2014 is only improving his draft stock." Pauline ranked Jones, who kick inside to middle linebacker this fall to replace Max Bullough, as a preseason Round 3 prospect.
Oct 6 - 8:00 PM

Michigan State junior CB Trae Waynes had two interceptions in Saturday's win against Nebraska.

Waynes is one of the nation's hottest prospects at the moment. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote last week that Warnes could "make it back-to-back years for Michigan State corners drafted among the top -32 picks if he leaves early," an allusion to the matching of Darqueze Dennard's accomplishment. The 6-foot-1, 178-pound Waynes was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick in 2013, collecting three interceptions, eight passes defended, and 50 tackles, including 1.5 for loss.
Oct 6 - 6:52 PM

Michigan State redshirt senior WR Tony Lippett had three catches for 104 yards and a touchdown against Nebraska on Saturday.

He also had a 32-yard touchdown run. Lippett has exceeded the century mark in three of five games. No wonder that ESPN Insider's Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl ranked him as the nation's No. 7 fastest rising draft prospect last week. "At 6-3 and 190 pounds, Lippett has the frame, body control and top-end speed teams look for in vertical threats," they wrote. "He would do well to get stronger and add some meat to his frame but he gets off the line well, can make contested catches and flashes the ability to shield defenders from the ball." An AFC scout told NFL.com earlier last month that Lippett's improvement "has been dramatic in less than a year's time."
Oct 6 - 4:45 PM

Michigan State senior S Kurtis Drummond play "was splendid" against Nebraska, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Michigan State’s safety Kurtis Drummond has really turned it up after a tough outing against Oregon. He was splendid against Nebraska," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Drummond recorded 9 tackles, one pass break up, and blew up a play which resulted in RB Ameer Abdullah fumbling to end a drive. Pauline adds that, there are still questions about "Drummond’s skill in man coverage and his ability to play over the slot receiver," but thinks a trip to the Senior Bowl could answer those concerns.
Oct 6 - 3:48 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 CB Trae Waynes "has a chance to make it back-to-back years for Michigan State corners drafted among the top-32 picks."

"The Spartans have had 26 defensive backs drafted over the past 50 years, but Darqueze Dennard was the only first rounder of that group. And Waynes has a chance to make it back-to-back years for Michigan State corners drafted among the top -32 picks if he leaves early," Brugler wrote. Although Waynes has a tendency to "freelance, creating wasted movement and false steps," Brugler likes that "he is tall, long and fast with ballskills and ball awareness to make plays at the catch point."
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 2 - 3:45 PM

Michigan State redshirt junior DE Shilique Calhoun "is in desperate need of a breakout game" versus Nebraska, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Nebraska is allowing only 1.7 sacks per game this season and Calhoun managed only two tackles and no sacks against the Huskers offensive line a year ago, but he made an impact on the opening drive in last year's match-up with a forced fumble and recovery that set the tone early for the Spartans. Calhoun is in desperate need of a breakout game and he won't have a better stage than this," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 250 pound Calhoun is off to a slower start than expected and only has two sacks through four games and only has 9 total tackles.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 2 - 3:09 PM

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


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