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2016 NFL Draft Scouting Notes: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State University

2016 NFL Draft Scouting Notes: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State University

By Lijah Spencer (@tweaked74) 

From here on out in scouting notes we will be bouncing from position to position taking a look at players that we have left out to this point. Tonight we look at a player who quite possibly will be one of the top prospects in next Aprils NFL Draft. Here are my notes:

Connor Cook. 6’4. 220 lbs. QB. Michigan St. Senior.

The Positives

1) Cook has a strong arm and can make all of the NFL throws.

2) Keeps a bounce in his feet in the pocket (allowing him to reset quickly)

3) Stands tall in the pocket in the face of pressure and can still make an accurate throw.

4) Mobile enough to escape the pocket, and has the ability to throw on the run.

The Negatives

1) Inconsistent fundamentals

Connor Cook has all the skills needed to be a high draft pick. He has good NFL size, and a strong arm with the ability to make all of the NFL throws. His fundamentals are usually good, though they are a bit inconsistent. Cook keeps his feet bouncing (doesn’t stand flatfooted), allowing himself to quickly reset, and make the throw. He more often than not sets his feet, squares his hips and steps into his throws, but sometimes if pressured he will leave his spot and throw off balanced. Other times though when he is about to take a hit he stands tall in the pocket and still makes an accurate throw. Cook is fairly mobile and shows the ability to roll outside and make an accurate throw on the run. Last season Cook threw for 3,214 yards, 24 TD’s to only 8 INT’s. With another good season this year, and especially if he continues to improve his fundamentals, Connor Cook could elevate himself into the number one quarterback conversation in next Aprils NFL Draft.

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