With most of the quarterbacks highly ranked in the 2016 NFL Draft being juniors (Paxton Lynch and Jared Goff), there is a good chance that the class of quarterbacks could be weak this year. However, there is one player that has been shining above most others this year and is a sure thing for the draft in April.
Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook is one of the most praised quarterbacks in all of college football. During his career with the Spartans, he has thrown for nearly 9,000 yards, 64 touchdowns and only seventeen interceptions.
He is having his best year this season, throwing for 2,070 yards, seventeen touchdowns, and two interceptions. His draft stock is already pretty high, but there is one scout that believes Cook could be a perfect fit for a team that will likely be drafting in the top ten.
According to NFL.com, draft analyst Chad Reuter talked about Cook being able to fit in with the Houston Texans, who certainly need a franchise quarterback right now. He said that Cook’s experience under a Big Ten pro-style offense would work well with Texans head coach Bill O’Brien’s offense.
“There’s nothing particularly flashy about Cook’s game, so maybe he isn’t going to earn first-round grades. But I have a feeling at least a couple of teams will appreciate his toughness and leadership abilities enough to pick him in the middle of the first,” he wrote. “And, hey — he’s run a pro-style offense quite effectively for what seems like 10 years in East Lansing. Pro scouts keep complaining they don’t see that anymore.”
It seems like the scouts are falling more and more in love with the way Cook plays. This could be a good thing for Cook and honestly an even better one for the Texans.
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