Dave Berk of Spartan Digest joined Silver & Black Report to give some insider insight on new Raiders quarterback Connor Cook.
Dave Berk on why Connor Cook dropped until day three:
This is the multi-million dollar question of this year's draft. I've known Connor since his days in high school. He's always been a confident kid when it comes to his athletic ability. While many continued to bring up the non-captain issue, Michigan State was a team full of leaders and he just barely missed being voted one. Mark Dantonio does not change his program just to satisfy the needs of one. He'll come to Oakland with a giant chip on his shoulder much like he entered Michigan State with the tag of being a two-star prospect.
On Cook's leadership questions:
Has Connor Cook maybe rubbed a few people wrong during his career? Maybe, but in the end he left Michigan State as the programs all-time leader in career wins. If players are judged by making everybody happy, Cook will not win. But with a game on the line, he's proven he knows how to seal the deal.
On his pros and cons on the field:
Pros: Understands playing in a pro-style offense. Strong arm who can place the ball in a window for receivers. Tough and a winner... Cons: Delivers the ball too hard sometimes in the short passing game. At times locks on to one receiver or finds a favorite receiver and can often go to the well too many times.
On Cook's previous coaching and ability to take to the NFL schemes:
It should as Connor was forced to take snaps under center and do five and seven step drops.Connor worked under two quarterback coaches during his time at Michigan State. I've known both coaches for several years and neither of them ever complained about Connor taking coaching.He's not a running quarterback but can get you the tough yards needed.
Is there anything else about Cook?
Connor comes from an athletic family. His dad played football at Indiana and his mother played basketball at the University of Cincinnati. His sister also played college basketball at Old Dominion. Great family who will stay together even during his NFL career.