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TBN Draft Prospect Profile : Connor Cook

Measurables:

Height- 6’4″

Weight- 217 lbs

Arms- 33″

Hands- 9 3/4″

Combine:

4.79 40 yard dash

33″ vertical jump

9’5″ broad jump

7.21 3 cone

Year G Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int
2012 3 9 17 52.9 94 5.5 1 1
2013 14 223 380 58.7 2755 7.3 22 6
2014 13 212 365 58.1 3214 8.8 24 8
2015 13 229 408 56.1 3131 7.7 24 7
Career 43 673 1170 57.5 9194 7.9 71 22

Connor Cook is coming off yet another pretty productive season for the Michigan State Spartans. Cook is viewed as one of the top quarterback prospects behind the likes of Jared Goff, Carson Wentz and Paxton Lynch. The real question being does he belong in that company?

When you look at Cook he has the prototypical build for quarterback. He has the height to see over the linemen which is a big plus. You can also throw in the fact that he comes from a pro style offense so there is less concern about what to do in a huddle or snap exchanges. The Cowboys wouldn’t have move the pocket around for Cook to get his eyes downfield. You can see from watching the Spartans games that he has good eye level. Which means that Cook is looking downfield and going through his progressions. He isn’t a one read quarterback. Where he does get into some trouble is staring down his receiver allowing the defensive back to make a play.

He has the tools mentally on the field to perform at the next level. He shows good situational awareness. Which means that he knows where the sticks are and when to throw an out to get his guy out of bounds to stop the clock. However his pocket awareness is lacking. Cook needs a clean pocket to perform at a high level. When he “hears footsteps” or the pocket gets a little messy his timing gets off. Normally this is where he isn’t as mechanically sound as you seen on other plays.

The mind boggling aspect in Cook’s game are his inconsistent mechanics. At times he will set back plant his feet, drive off the front leg with his quick almost no effort release. The very next play he will be caught flat-footed and Cook will try to strong arm a throw to his receivers. However he will stand in the pocket and show his toughness with a defender barreling in on him. In those instances he does show some real moxie.

There are a couple red flags that will need to be investigated further. Cook did miss the game against Ohio State with a shoulder injury. He then wore a sleeve against Alabama in the College Football Playoffs. It might be a minor thing but something teams will need to look further into. Then of course there is the issue that some are making about Cook being the senior leader of the team but not voted as a captain. Not exactly sure what that means about him as a football player but I am sure teams will ask about it.

The good thing is if Cook is brought to Dallas he will have time to get the mechanical issues worked out. Right now he will be expected to carry a clipboard and learn from Tony Romo. As far as how high he is rated I would put him as a day three prospect.

The Cowboys have the 135th selection in the fourth round and that is where I would start thinking about taking him. Ironically enough that is where the Texans selected Tom Savage, another quarterback I wasn’t very high on, a couple seasons ago.

With how over-drafted the quarterback position seems to be expect him to go day two.

 

About Patrick Conn

Patrick Conn is the lead NFL Draft analyst for TBN. Over the past three years he has worked with Inside The Star, Blogging The Boys, and Fansided. His work has even been published on SI.com. Patrick has been on ESPN East Texas discussing the Cowboys and the NFL Draft. Follow him on twitter @DraftCowboys.

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