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DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: QB Connor Cook


QB Connor Cook – Senior / 6-4 / 217 – MICHIGAN STATE

YEARGAMESCOMPLETIONSATTEMPTSPERCENTPASSING YARDSTDsINTsRATING
2012391752.99411107.0
20131422338058.72,755226135.5
20141321236558.13,214248149.4
20151322940856.13,131247136.6
436731,17057.59,1947122139.8
  • Arguably more of a “game-manager” type of quarterback
  • Pocket-passer who ran a pro-style offense in college with a lot of experience taking snaps under center
  • Modest numbers in college but didn’t play in a friendly, spread offense
  • A big winner in college — Cook won 34 games in 39 starts, the best in Michigan State school history
  • Cook was 4-1 against AP Top 10 teams in his career, although he had 4 INTs to just 3 TDs against AP-ranked teams in 2015 and ended his career with a 38-0 drubbing against Alabama in the Cotton Bowl
  • Possesses the desired size and arm strength
  • Shows good mechanics on throws
  • Scans the field well and Cooks shows good anticipation on timing routes
  • Plays loose and is resilient — Cook isn’t a quarterback who is will let a mistake phase him from one play to the next
  • Plays tough and has the build to take contact — Cook can take a hit and gets back up for the next play
  • Not a guy who will throw a lot of interceptions, Cook rarely turns the ball over
  • Questions about Cook’s accuracy to succeed at the NFL level (leaves college with a 57.5 completion percentage)
  • Some concerns over Cook’s personality and ability to lead an NFL locker room, and despite being a third-year starter at MSU Cook was not named a team captain before his senior season
  • Cook declined an invitation to play at the 2016 Senior Bowl
  • Barely recruited out of high school, Cook was a 3-star college recruit (former MSU quarterback Kirk Cousins was also a 3-star college recruit)
  • COMBINE UPDATE: By most accounts, Cook had a so-so Combine performance in throwing drills. The plus side of things is that he was able to throw (Cook’s 2015 season ended with some shoulder issues which some blame as part of the reason the team was shut-out against Alabama in the Cotton Bowl). Cook missed some receivers with high throws and the ball placement on throws probably didn’t do much to answers questions scouts have on his accuracy. Cook fielded questions about his leadership skills, why he skipped the Senior Bowl and why he wasn’t a team captain until his senior season. Opinions on Cook are highly varied. Ultimately he looks like more of a development quarterback but it’s possible that some NFL GM and coach will see a prospect with enough raw skills that they think they can groom him into a starter at the next level with a potential 2nd-round grade.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: TBD
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE PROJECTION: TBD
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: TBD