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
Size: 
6’4”/220
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.

About The Author Jesse Fritsch

Jesse Fritsch is a Wisconsin native who has spent 11 years independently evaluating NFL draft prospects and following the draft process. He happily spends most of his free time researching players and watching games in his man cave while occasionally coming up for air to share.