Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook has been one of the most intriguing and polarizing members of the 2016 NFL Draft class, with multiple scouts questioning his leadership skills, but that didn’t stop him from comparing himself to quite the NFL star.
According to a report from Andy Fenelon of NFL.com, Cook went so far as to compare himself to four-time Super Bowl winner and future Hall of Famer Tom Brady when speaking to NFL Network’s Bucky Brooks at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis this week.
“I think I’d have to say Tom Brady,” Cook said when Brooks asked to compare himself to a player. “Obviously he has great stats, and he throws for a lot of yards and a lot of touchdowns, but I think my game (compares) to his because he’s a winner. I go out there and try to put my team in the best situation to win each and every week, just like him. There (have) been times where … he’s made a mistake and put it behind him, goes out there, throws a touchdown and leads his team to victory. In that way, I’d say my game kind of reflects Tom Brady’s, the competitiveness, love for the game and his will and drive to win.”
It’s true that Cook does have a reputation as a winner, with Michigan State having gone 36-5 (22-2 Big Ten) and won two Big Ten titles in his three seasons as starting quarterback. However, consider the fact that Cook’s stock has plummeted ever since Michigan won the Big Ten Championship Game against Iowa and Cook famously snubbed two-time Heisman Trophy winner and beloved Ohio State Buckeye Archie Griffin during the trophy presentation.
Not only that, but Cook’s name isn’t even in the first-round conversation anymore, with guys like Jared Goff, Carson Wentz and Paxton Lynch having overtaken him. Cook still has time to redeem himself but until he wins on the NFL level, comparing himself to Tom Brady probably won’t win him over with many NFL teams.
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