Finding Broncos: Scouting Quarterback Connor Cook

With the uncertainty at the quarterback position for the Broncos, MHH Analyst Erick Trickel is focusing on quarterbacks in the upcoming draft. This time a Michigan State Spartan.

http://www.scout.com/player/134105-connor-cook?s=101

Combine Results

40-YARD DASH: 4.79 seconds

VERTICAL JUMP: 33.0 inches

BROAD JUMP: 113.0 inches

3-CONE DRILL: 7.21 seconds

Pros

  • Started four years, so plenty of experience and improved/grew each year
  • Willing to run when called upon, or necessary
  • Doesn’t shy away from contact; will stand in the pocket and take a hit to test a defense deep
  • Understands touch on outside passes
  • Good arm strength
  • Has plenty of confidence
  • Good foot quickness when under center
  • Effective with timing routes
  • Throws well on the move, but throws a lot better rolling to his right
  • Keeps his eyes looking for a target while on the move
  • Has an extremely quick release

Cons

  • Lot of concerns with him as a leader
  • Some concerns about teammates'/coaches' opinions of him
  • Is he overly confident or is it arrogance?
  • Doesn’t sell play fakes, and barely shows an effort in trying to do so
  • Horrible ball placement
  • Doesn’t take command of the offense
  • Zones out pre-snap and doesn’t point out blitzers, or even see blitzers
  • Was a deer caught in headlights too often with a defender coming down on him
  • Has the arm but doesn’t always shoot for open throws; takes the more difficult throws instead
  • Relies on his first option read too often and gets lost when has to find a new target
  • Vision is lacking
  • Reads through his progressions are slow

Overall Thoughts

To put it bluntly, if I was a team's decision maker, or had the ear of a decision maker, Cook would not be on my team's radar at all. For the Denver Broncos, that is especially true. With how little effort he gives in trying to sell play-fakes, it just makes him a complete liability in the type of offense that the Broncos run, which uses multiple play fakes in a series, let alone a game.

They would have to change a lot of the offense to work with him, and would need to have one of the offensive linemen take over all the protection calls. Just can’t see the Broncos taking a look Cook's way come draft time. Not just a bad fit, but much more than that.

Broncos Round Projection: Off their board

Where He Goes: Round 2-Round 3

Per sources, his teammates were not Cook’s biggest fans and felt he cared more about himself than the team and winning. He also doesn’t take command of the huddle, or offense, when it was needed in order to get the unit going. Finally, he doesn’t take responsibilities for his actions on and off the field.

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Erick Trickel in an Analyst for MileHighHuddle. You can find him on Twitter @Alaskan_Bronco. And be sure to like MileHighHuddle on Facebook

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