PFF scouting report: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

Steve Palazzolo and the PFF draft analysts break down the play of MSU's Connor Cook ahead of the 2016 NFL draft.

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(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

PFF scouting report: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State


Below is the PFF draft profile for MSU’s Connor Cook, which incorporates PFF’s college grades and scouting intel from our team of analysts. To see all of PFF’s 2016 scouting reports, click here.

Position fit: Backup QB initially, but can win games as a starter.

Stats to know: +25.3 overall grade ranked 10th in the draft class in 2015, +9.8 overall grade in 2014 ranked 37th in the nation

What he does best:
• Willing to challenge tight coverage. Not scared to fit passes into tight windows and give his receivers a chance
• Had the highest accuracy percentage on passes that were thrown into “tight” coverage
• Can get to his second read and hit open receivers with a quick release
• Best plays feel like a quick read or adjustment
• Accuracy percentage on deep (20+ yard) passes was best in the draft class at 59.4 percent
• Was excellent on third down. Overall grade of +16.8 tied for best in the class
• Outstanding in the 21-30 yard range. His +15.4 grade led the class

Biggest concern:
• High-risk, high-reward player. The same aggressiveness that creates big plays also gets him into trouble
• Throws “YOLO balls” into zone coverage. Often careless with the ball and just throws it up
• Short area accuracy is inconsistent at best. Graded at -2.3 on passes thrown in the 1-10 yard range
• Turnover-worthy throw percentage of 4.07 percent is higher than the other top quarterbacks in the class
• Struggled under pressure as his 53.4 percent accuracy percentage ranked 23rd in the class and only one of his 24 touchdowns came while pressured
• Does not always set his feet when working to second or third read. Leads to some of his inconsistency

Bottom line: Inconsistency is the name of the game for Cook, whether that’s down-to-down or game-to-game. His aggressive style may actually lead to NFL wins as he’s more than willing to give his wide receivers a chance to make plays, but that same style will likely cost his team games as well as he throws too many passes into coverage. He’s also very inaccurate on shorter passes, so it’s boom or bust for Cook. Even on a week-to-week basis, he graded negatively four times, but also posted two of the top grades of the season in games against Rutgers and Indiana. If Cook is given a chance to start, there will be healthy mix of great and bad, so his future team simply needs to be ready for the roller coaster ride.

  • DIRTY MIKE &THE BOYZ

    I am a lions fan first i would like him on the team, but I think he would be a great fit for the eagles in the second round, lol they could draft Conklin in the first that would be funny.

  • atlspfox

    PFF would have graded Favre, Montana and Rogers just as poorly. These guys are clowns who only rinse and repeat. They know about as much about evaluating players as mother Theresa does about fornicating.

    • calling all toasters

      durrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    • Anthony

      Little butt hurt or what? Jesus man

      • atlspfox

        The butt hurt comment… very original. I would not look for that MENSA application in the mail anytime soon.

  • atlspfox

    It makes it’s way to the keyboard scraping knuckles across the floor and then types that manifesto.

    • Anthony

      Joke’s on you i have MS. The only thing scraping against the ground are my useless legs.

      • atlspfox

        If this is true then you have my sympathy but it does not change the contents of your comments. Your words do not cease to be insipid because of your ailment. If you have lied then there is no hope for you.