School: Michigan State
Combine measurables: 6-foot-4, 217 pounds.
Combine stats: 40-yard dash: 4.79 seconds. Vertical jump: 33 inches. Broad jump: 9 feet, 5 inches. 3-cone drill: 7.21 seconds.
Career stats: 43 games, 673 of 1,170, 57.5 completion percentage, 9,194 yards, 71 touchdowns, 22 interceptions.
Draft projection: Second-third round.
Lowdown: Cook leaves Michigan State as the Spartans’ all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns, with a three-year record as a starter of 34-5. He won the 2015 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, and was the Big Ten Quarterback of the Year. … A shoulder injury kept him out of one game, but Cook returned to lead the Spartans to their second Big Ten championship in three years and a spot in the College Football Playoff. … Cook led a pro-style offense and is a classic dropback passer who can spread the ball to all areas of the field. His judgment and ball security are strong, as evidenced by his touchdown-to-interception ratio. … The biggest knock on Cook is his accuracy. He never completed 60 percent of passes in a season at Michigan State, far below what scouts would like to see from a future NFL quarterback. … Cook was also never selected as a permanent team captain during his time at Michigan State. Considering the position he plays and the success he had, that has left some to wonder about what type of leader he is.
They said it: “From a physical perspective, I’ve seen him make every throw. He has some talent. He has some size, but he also has some games or some throws in big areas where you go, ‘Why did he do that?’ I’ll be really honest with you, I’m conflicted right now.” – NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock
– Jay Skurski
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