Connor Cook could have been first round pick in 2015

The 2015 NFL Draft class was short on star quarterbacks, with Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota viewed as the only first-round prospects.

Had Michigan State Spartans signal-caller Connor Cook decided to eter the draft rather than returning to school for his senior season, that may not have been the case.

According to Rob Rang of CBS Sports, Cook could have gone in the first round of the 2015 draft.

Cook is a “strong-armed, confident and a proven winner who could have gone in the first round in 2015 but was clearly behind Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota,” according to Rang.

The Spartans quarterback “could lead the pack next year and has Sparty set up for a possible title run,” he added.

It will be interesting to see whether Cook lives up to the hype this season. If he does, he will be a surefire first-round pick when next year’s draft rolls around.

If he takes a step back, Cook still has an impressive enough body of work that should land him in the first 32 picks.

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