With the Jets potentially in search of their new quarterback of the future in the upcoming NFL Draft, we are going to take a closer look at some of the prospects over the next few days. First up is Connor Cook of Michigan State.
Arm Length: 33"
Hand Size: 9 3/4"
Completion Percentage: 57.5%
Yards Per Attempt: 7.9
Touchdown Rate: 6.0%
Interception Rate: 1.9%
40 time: 4.79 seconds
Vertical Jump: 33.0 inches
Broad Jump: 113.0 inches
3 Cone Drill: 7.21 seconds
Bill Parcells Quarterback Rules (4/4)
Was he a senior? Yes
Was he a three year starter? Yes
Did he graduate? Yes
Did he win at least 23 games as a starting quarterback? Yes
26-27-60 Rule (1/2 Known)
Football Outsiders' QBASE Formula
Mean Projection, Years 3-5: -301 DYAR
Bust (less than 500) 77.7%
Adequate Starter (500-1499) 15.2%
Upper Tier (1500-2500) 5.7%
Elite (>2500) 1.5%
Cook projects as a below-replacement-level NFL quarterback. Last year's 56.1 percent completion rate in an era in which college quarterbacks routinely complete over 60 percent of their passes recalls other NFL flops such as Jake Locker.
Cook did not even fail in college against particularly strong competition. The defenses Michigan State faced ranked No. 51 in our estimates. Moreover, Cook had the benefit of playing with the most NFL-caliber teammates of any prospect in this year's class. Those teammates include All-America left tackle Jack Conklin, likely a first-round pick this year. Cook's inability to play better in college despite favorable circumstances makes him a long shot to succeed in the NFL, despite going in the second round in many mock drafts.
PFF Draft Guide Stats
Accuracy: 66.5% (21st of 22 QB prospects)
Accuracy Under Pressure: 53.4% (21st of 22 QB prospects)
Deep Passing Accuracy: 59.4% (1st of 22 QB prospects)
What the Experts Say
Mike Mayock: "He's never been a 60 percent completion guy, but part of that is because they throw the football down the field aggressively. For instance, the second half of Michigan game I love what he did. He took a beating and kept throwing the ball and kept throwing tough passes down the field and completing them. Even though I think he was 18 for 39 that game, I liked that game."
Greg Cosell: "I see him as a complimentary quarterback. He played in what’s essentially a pro style offense. I think he’s a good thrower. I think there are times he gets on his front foot a little too much. If you give him a good run game and if he has good weapons he can run your offense. "
Gil Brandt: "Cook looked a lot like Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater -- who ultimately went 32nd overall in the draft -- when he was at the NFL Scouting Combine in 2014. Cook's arm is slightly above average; it's not weak, but it's not exactly strong, either. The Michigan State product did not look very good in Indy, but his winning record (34-5 in three years) is just too good to ignore. He should be good in a West Coast-style offense, and I feel certain someone will move up from the top of the second round to the bottom of the first to select him. He looks like a good developmental guy, someone who could sit behind an established starter and learn the speed of the game."
To the Film!
vs. Western Michigan
vs. Penn State
B1G Championship Game vs. Iowa
Cotton Bowl vs. Alabama