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Michigan State QB Connor Cook May Provide Good 2nd Round Value

By Chris Malumphy

Heading into the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook remains available. While not rated among the top three quarterbacks in the draft, the Spartans were 36-5 during the three years Cook was the starter, including a 2-1 record in Bowl Games with victories in a Rose Bowl and a Cotton Bowl but a devastating 38-0 loss to Alabama in this year's Cotton Bowl. During his college career, Cook threw 71 touchdown passes and only 22 interceptions. In almost every respect, Cook's college statistics are superior to those of Tom Brady with the lone exception being completion percentage. Just sayin'.

Of course, Brady's college stats also pale in comparison to other Michigan and Michigan State stars like Jim Harbaugh and Kurt Cousins and aren't appreciably better than Chad Henne's.

Some have said that Cook is the most ready to start of all the quarterbacks available in the 2016 NFL Draft. It is also said that several of those other quarterbacks have a higher upside. There are also questions about Cook's leadership and like-ability, which are important in the huddle and locker room. His college career completion percentage is also lower than all the quarterbacks listed below, including Chad Henne. Still, Cook led a big-time program to an excellent record while throwing over three times as many touchdowns as interceptions. Cook appears to be good second round value.

Connor Cook vs. Tom Brady
(Michigan and Michigan State Quarterbacks)
NameGAttCompPctYdsAvgAdj
Avg
TDIntRating
Kurt Cousins45112872364.191318.18.16630146.1
Jim Harbaugh4962038762.454498.88.23122145.6
Connor Cook43117067357.591947.98.27122139.8
Tom Brady2963839561.947737.57.23017134.9
Chad Henne47138782859.797157.07.18737133.9

Kurt Cousins
Michigan State
YearGAttCompPctYdsAvgAdj
Avg
TDIntRating
20085433274.43107.27.121145.7
20091332819860.426808.28.1199142.6
20101333822666.928258.48.22010150.7
20111441926763.733167.98.02510145.1
Career45112872364.191318.18.16630146.1
Jim Harbaugh
Michigan
YearGAttCompPctYdsAvgAdj
Avg
TDIntRating
1983125240.0265.25.20083.7
1984121116054.17186.55.035108.3
19851222714563.919768.79.1186157.9
19861327718065.027299.98.81011151.7
Career4962038762.454498.88.23122145.6
Connor Cook
Michigan State
YearGAttCompPctYdsAvgAdj
Avg
TDIntRating
2012317952.9945.54.111107.0
20131438022358.727557.37.7226135.5
20141336521258.132148.89.1248149.4
20151340822956.131317.78.1247136.6
Career43117067357.591947.98.27122139.8
Tom Brady
Michigan
YearGAttCompPctYdsAvgAdj
Avg
TDIntRating
199625360.0265.2-3.80163.7
19974151280.01036.96.900137.7
19981232320061.924277.57.01410133.1
19991129518061.022177.57.7166138.0
Career2963839561.947737.57.23017134.9
Chad Henne
Michigan
YearGAttCompPctYdsAvgAdj
Avg
TDIntRating
20041239924060.227436.96.82512132.6
20051238222358.425266.66.9238129.6
20061332820361.925087.67.9228143.4
20071027816258.319387.06.7179130.5
Career47138782859.797157.07.18737133.9

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