With two Big Ten championships and a Rose Bowl MVP trophy Connor Cook will leave Michigan State as one of the most successful quarterbacks to ever play of the Spartans. Unfortunately for all of his accolades and achievements his last game in green and white will be forever remembered for what the Alabama defense did to him.
The Crimson Tide defense was ferocious in the Cotton Bowl causing two Cook interceptions, one of which should’ve been a Spartan’s TD. Alabama won the game in Dallas 38-0.
The Spartan’s QB passed for 3131 yards and 24 touchdowns this year and led the team to wins over Oregon, Michigan and Iowa en route to a spot in the College Football Playoff. Cook was injured in the Spartans’ win over Ohio Stat but the team still found a way to win.
Cook was thought to be a late first round pick heading into the end of the season. Jared Goff and Paxtonn Lynch were considered to be the top two quarterbacks in the draft but Cook was just behind them at the top of the second tier. Goff threw six touchdown passes in Cal’s bowl win over Air Force. Lynch struggled against an SEC West school, as did Cook last night.
With the Browns, 49ers, Bears and Rams in the market for a QB Cook will likely go in the first round but his bad showing against Alabama could hurt his draft stock. Cook will stay have his Senior day workout and the Combine to help him get some momentum back heading into the draft.
The Rams might be the best fit for Cook. The Browns and 49ers will likely go after Lynch and Goff but it’s doubtful Cook will fall out of the first round considering his career in East Lansing. A lot can happen in between now and the draft so we will have to wait and see how it all shakes out.