Connor Cook Scouting Report

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Connor Cook                          Michigan St                  Quarterback

HT  6-4          Weight 220

Mechanics Throws over the top. Shows the ability to plant his foot and drive the ball downfield. At times throws flatfooted and falls off of his back foot a bit.

Pocket presence Shows the ability to hang in the pocket and survey the field.  Works through progressions and isn’t afraid to take a hit and deliver the ball downfield. Doesn’t always step up in the pocket.  At times will drop eyes when pressured.Can use his legs to escape and buy some time, however doesn’t always feel the pressure coming.

Decision Making Shows the ability to take advantage of open spots on zone coverage and use pre-snap reads to deliver the ball decisively after he snap.  At times tries to force the ball into coverage or makes questionable decision s with the football,such as throwing late over the middle. At times stares down receivers and allows the defense the chance to jump the route or make a play on the ball.

Mobility Not a burner, shows the ability to roll-out and sprint to the edges to buy time to deliver the ball downfield. Isn’t going to win a track meet, does have some functional mobility to buy himself a split second more to make  a play with his arm.

Arm Strength Has enough of an arm to make all of the NFL throws. Can stretch the field vertically and fit the ball into tight windows on intermediate routes as well. Ball at times seems to wobble  a bit, doesn’t always have a tight spiral. Still able to zip ball into tight windows on short to intermediate routes.

Accuracy At times is erratic and ball tends to sail on throws especially those towards the sidelines. He can deliver accurate passes in stride with receivers. Flashes the ability to throw the ball on the move with accuracy, other times ball is low or behind receivers especially while under pressure.

Production a 3 year starter who has amassed almost 9000 yards in the air and over 70 touchdowns during his  highly decorated career with the Spartans. Has led Michigan State to 34 wins and just 4 losses as a starter.

Projection Connor Cook is pocket passing quarterback prospect. He shows enough mobility to roll and sprint out and with time deliver and accurate ball downfield. He displays enough arm strength to make NFL throws. Accuracy , especially under pressure has been inconsistent. Lower body mechanics such as falling off  to the side  as he throws and standing flat footed are partially to blame. His decision making is questionable at times and he doesn’t always correctly read linebacker coverage underneath. He is a second round type prospect who doesn’t appear to have a particularly high ceiling. With continued development he could become a solid starter in the league.

Fantasy Outlook Connor Cook will earn his points thru the air. He will get drafted high enough that he will be groomed to be a starter within the next few years. He probably won’t be much of a fantasy contributor as a rookie, but is a player to keep an eye on and to draft in dynasty type leagues.

Le’Veon Bell Scouting Report

Le'VeonBellLe’Veon Bell  6-2 239 Jr  Running back Michigan St

He is a pretty good overall athlete for his size. He lacks breakaway speed, but has average to slightly above average speed. He shows the ability to accelerate through the hole change directions and cutback effectively.

He excels at running inside. He uses his strong powerful frame to punish defenders between the tackles.  He shows good patience as a runner. He rarely is stopped at the point of first contact. His legs continue to drive forward for extra yards.  He shows the ability to break arm and leg tackles.  He shows good vision and the ability to cutback at the line of scrimmage and makes defenders miss. Once he gets going downhill he is difficult to bring down. He shows good balance after initial contact and utilizes the spin move to get away from defenders and gain extra yards.

He lacks the speed to consistently get to the edge. However on toss and pitch plays he does use his blockers well to get to the edge. He also utilizes a stiff arm to get extra yards.

He is a willing pass blocker. He has the size and strength to become a very effective pass blocker at the NFL level. At times he is a bit late picking up the blitz. He consistently shows the ability to chip on the edge.

He is effective catching the ball out of the backfield.  He consistently uses his hands to catch the ball and turns up field.  He runs a variety of routes and has even spread wide on occasion. He often times lowers his shoulder or utilizes a stiff arm to gain extra yardage. He shows pretty good acceleration in space after the catch and uses his blockers well. He protects ball and secures it closely to his body after the catch.

He shows excellent playing strength. He is able to break tackles and drive the pile. He shows good body lean and even when he is in traffic and stopped for seemingly no gain he is able to gain a few yards.

Each year his carries have increased at Michigan St. This year he took over as a full time starter and carried the ball 350 times for over 1600 yards. He carried the ball 20 times or more 9 times this season.  Six times this season he carries the ball 30 or more times. He was a workhorse back for the Spartans.

Bottom Line

He has a rare blend of strength, vision, and athletic ability for his size. He has average speed, however shows good feet, the ability to make cuts, make defenders miss, and has tremendous strength that allows him to pick up consistent yardage after first contact.  He is also a willing blocker who has the physical skills to develop into a good pass blocker at the next level. Although not a home run threat after the catch he uses his blockers well and can utilize his vision and good feet to make positive plays after the catch. He projects be a 3 down back at the NFL level. If he declares ,he would be the most physical back in this years draft.