Michigan State’s Connor Cook has skills to excel in the NFL

Michigan State Spartans quarterback Connor Cook is one of the top signal-callers in the nation and many believe he will be in the first-round discussion.

In fact, had Cook decided to enter the NFL Draft this season, he likely would have been the No. 3-ranked passer.

Instead, Cook returned to Michigan State for some unfinished business.

As a senior, the 6-foot-4, 218-pound passer will have an opportunity to continue improving his stock and he could finish the season as the top-rated quarterback prospect in the nation. He already has the physical tools that NFL teams will be looking for.

According to NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter, Cook “has the size, athleticism, anticipation, toughness, and football intelligence to excel at the next level.”

That is a great endorsement.

There is one thing that Cook will have to improve on, however, is his accuracy.

“He has yet to crack the 60-percent completion barrier in his career (58.1 percent last season) and has a new receiving corps for his senior year,” Reuter added. “Cook is the most intriguing senior prospect this year. If he can lead an inexperienced passing game to succeed in his final collegiate season, he’ll be in line for a very high draft slot.”

Cook has plenty of experience and high-level production, so it will be interesting to see if he can continue to perform how he has the past two season.

If he does, Cook could hear his name called very early in 2016 as he takes the next step of his career.

 

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