Connor Cook made headlines for all the wrong reasons after winning the Big Ten Championship Game Saturday night. The Michigan State quarterback, after being named MVP of the contest, snatched the award out of Archie Griffin’s hands, disrespecting the two-time Heisman Trophy winner in the minds of some.
The Spartans’ senior later apologized and everyone seems to have moved on. Everyone except NFL teams, that is.
ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay joined Russillo & Kanell this afternoon to discuss the draft stock of the College Football Playoff’s four starting quarterbacks. He was asked if Cook, who almost left for the league after his junior season, has helped his stock this year.
Here’s what he said:
“On the field – helped. Off the field, there are some real questions. It’s amazing. Everyone I talk to – the fact that he was not a captain, the way he carries himself, (there’s) a little bit of a Jay Cutler, turns people off,” McShay said.
“NFL teams are saying this to you?” Russillo asked.
“Oh, yeah,” McShay said.
“Wow,” Russillo said.
“It started from all the NFL scouts, teams doing due diligence on him. So that’s really going to be the big thing. Now, he doesn’t have the strongest arm in the world, and there are some minor things in his game that aren’t great, but I really believe he would be a first-round pick if he was clean or perfect in terms of the intangibles and the personality that you’re bringing in,” McShay said.
“He didn’t help himself at all at the (Big Ten Championship Game) ceremony,” Kanell said.
“No (he didn’t),” McShay said.
If this is the case, how Cook handles himself during team interviews at the NFL Combine will be vitally important. So, too, will be how his health progresses from now until February.
Cook and Michigan State are set to face Alabama in the Cotton Bowl Dec. 31.