After an impressive college career, the Michigan State quarterback entered the draft process with legitimate first-round hopes and a worst-case Day 2 floor. Yet when the picking began, he didn't hear his name called until the fourth round.
Perhaps adding to the discomfort, the team making the pick already had a clear, young starter in mind.
No, we're not talking about Kirk Cousins' saga with the Washington Redskins and Robert Griffin III, but rather Connor Cook, who was selected Saturday on Day 3 of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.
Typically ranked as the fourth-best QB prospect behind eventual first rounders Jared Goff, Carson Wentz and Paxton Lynch, Cook was the sixth passer selected. Rather than being in position to battle for a starting job or be viewed as a team's long-term starter, Cook is now behind 25-year-old Derek Carr, an emerging quarterback star.
Of all the people on planet Earth, perhaps nobody better understands Cook's situation than Cousins. After three years of serving as Griffin's backup, he emerged as the starter in 2015. One year later, Cousins is coming off a record-setting season, an NFC East title and a $20 million payday.
Therefore, this tweet from Cousins to Cook on Saturday doesn't come across as just a mere hang-in-there-kid tweet but rather a I've-walked-in-your-shoes note.
Props to Cook if he keeps up with the similar path.
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