Coming into the season, Connor Cook and Jared Goff were neck and neck as the top QBs in the draft class. As it played out, Cook slipped a bit – but he still remains a viable option for a team in the 2nd round and could even rise to the tail-end of the 1st. He has the prototypical size and athleticism you look for in a quarterback. However, leadership concerns surfaced as he wasn’t named one of the team captains – something you typically see from a QB, and a 5th year senior at that. Regardless, a team will draft Cook early in the draft in hopes that he will develop into their franchise QB.
Name: Connor Cook
College: Michigan State
Class: Senior (RS)
Projection: 2nd Round
Comparison: Jake Locker
Strengths: NFL size coupled with the athleticism to move in the pocket and pick up first downs. A well-proportioned and coordinated athlete. Good arm strength. Can make tight window and “wow” throws. Played in shotgun and under center in an offense that has a lot of different looks. Will stand in the pocket and take hits with his eyes down field and shows similar toughness running the ball.
Weaknesses: Has the typical mechanical inconsistencies you expect. Struggles with consistent accuracy which hasn’t improved. Has not showed noticeable improvement from year to year. Some rumblings that he has a brash personality that can rub sensitive people the wrong way.
Overview: Cook was a strong college QB with the physical skills needed for the NFL but one wonders what his ceiling is. The question is if he is will take a team to a different level or be a subsistence level player. Cook has enough talent to be a starting QB and should be selected early on the second day of the draft.