ESPN analyst and former NFL coach Jon Gruden is known for holding 1-on-1 sessions with quarterback prospects ahead of each year’s NFL Draft, and the former Super Bowl champion appears quite high on Michigan State’s Connor Cook.
According to a tweet from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Gruden appeared on television today and said that Cook may just be the best quarterback in this year’s draft class.
Now, before we all grab our pitchforks and torches ahead of storming ESPN headquarters in hopes of leaving with Gruden’s head on a spike, allow me to shed some light on the situation. The man has years of experience as an NFL head coach, so he probably has a good idea of how to evaluate talent. Thus, there’s every chance that his opinion of the former Spartan could in fact be valid.
But there’s also the fact that in the span of one season, Cook went from being in the No. 1 overall pick conversation to being a late first-round pick to falling out of the first round entirely due to concerns over his attitude. As a result, guys like Cal’s Jared Goff and North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz have become the two quarterbacks talked up as the best in the draft.
And despite that, what Cook did in leading Michigan State to the College Football Playoff this year could wind up being too hard to ignore with the NFL Draft just a few weeks away. For all we know, he could wow us all when he steps on the field and make those concerns a thing of the past.
At that point, Jon Gruden would look like quite the genius.
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