This morning when I woke up and logged onto Gang Green Nation, my first thought was "how do I make our draft coverage next year, better than this year?" that's the challenge and one I'm still working on. However that's the life of someone who covers the draft, you don't get a break, as soon as the 2015 one is complete, you start looking at the 2016 prospects.
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SB Nation released their 2016 NFL Mock draft this morning. It's early, it will change several times and it's absolutely impossible to predict, but it's also a lot of fun and it helps stimulate some conversation.
If you want to check out the mock in full, then head over HERE and lets get stuck into the Jets selection:
9. New York Jets - Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
I really don't feel as though we'll be picking number 9, but don't attack SB Nation for that. The odds for the Superbowl have been taken from Caesars Sports Book in Vegas, and that's how the draft order has been calculated.
First of all lets talk about the selection. It's a QB, which means Dan Kadar obviously doesn't believe Geno Smith can make a step forward in year three. Interestingly enough, in this scenario he's also the 3rd quarterback off the board, with Cardale Jones from Ohio State going 6th overall to the Browns and Christian Hackenberg of Penn State going #8 to the Houston Texans.
Let me say right now that Cardale Jones and Christian Hackenberg have a lot to do to convince me that they are top 10 selections. Jones has only played a handful of games and Hackenberg is highly inconsistent.
Connor Cook would have been a 2nd or 3rd round QB has he elected to enter the 2015 NFL Draft, he didn't in the hope that another year at Michigan State would vault him into the 1st round conversation.
Cook is big and strong but slow as they come, he's efficient and he has a good arm. He's not going to wow you, but he'll put the ball where his receiver can grab it and throw it away if the pass isn't there. He won't throw lasers and he won't scramble to buy time like a Big Ben. However he will look off safeties and work through his progressions.
Why did he go back to school? If he can improve his decision making under pressure and cut down on the low percentage throws when faced with blitzes he'll be a first round pick in 2016. He's not an amazing talent, he's not a can't miss talent, but he's a very good quarterback, full stop.