Connor Cook: Latest News, Rumors and Buzz Surrounding QB's Draft Stock

Joseph ZuckerFeatured Columnist

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 31:  Connor Cook #18 of the Michigan State Spartans looks to pass against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the first quarter of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Without a consensus top quarterback in this year's draft class, the door is open for Michigan State's Connor Cook to stake his claim as the No. 1 QB available.  

Continue for updates.

Cole: 49ers Have 'Affinity' for Cook

Friday, April 8

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reported on the San Francisco 49ers' interest in the former Michigan State quarterback:

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Cook worked out for the 49ers on April 2.

Cook first met with the 49ers before his pro day, per ESPN's Adam Schefter on March 16.

Gruden Weighs In on Cook's Draft Stock

Thursday, April 7

ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, via his colleague Adam Schefter, said, "[Cook] is gonna be perhaps the best QB in this draft."

Cowboys to Meet with Cook

Monday, April 4

Todd Archer of ESPN reported Cook will visit with the Dallas Cowboys at the team facility this week.

Browns Considering Cook

Monday, April 4

Rapoport reported that Cook worked out for the Cleveland Browns on Saturday.

Schefter reported on March 16 that the Browns were among teams that met with Cook at his pro day.

Miller Gives NFL Comparison for Cook

Monday, March 21

Matt Miller of Bleacher Report said Cook reminds him of Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron, noting there are "some positive traits to build on" and adding that Cook's "game experience is a big plus."

All NFL Teams Attend Cook's Pro Day

Wednesday, March 16

Schefter reported all 32 teams were present at Cook's pro day, and the Los Angeles Rams were among the teams that met with Cook.

Cook Can Turn Negative Perception Around 

Monday, Feb. 22

According to Cole, some NFL personnel are concerned Cook may not have the mentality and mental makeup to thrive in the league:

It's hard to listen to Cole's report and not immediately jump to Cook's minor mishap at the Big Ten Championship. Upon receiving the game's MVP award, the Spartans quarterback brushed past two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin. Cook quickly apologized after the game, which comes around the three-minute, 45-second mark of the video below:

Cole isn't the first person to bring the concerns about Cook into the open, either. ESPN's Todd McShay highlighted the same issues in his first mock draft, and he explained his reporting more in depth in an ESPN conference call, per Matt Charboneau of the Detroit News:

If you talk to NFL scouts and guys who are spending their entire year investigating and doing background checks and talking to people in town and those sort of things, on campus within the program and outside of the program, there are some people—there are multiple people—that have some concerns about how he carries himself and what kind of teammate he is and those sorts of things.

Cook's college career speaks for itself. He threw for 9,194 yards, 71 touchdowns and 22 interceptions in his four years at Michigan State, and in his three years as a starter, the Spartans compiled a 36-5 record, winning a Big Ten title and beating the Stanford Cardinal in the 2014 Rose Bowl.

However, as long as Cook's perceived personality issues continue to linger, he see his draft stock irreparably damaged. It's still early in the draft process, but Miller considers Dak Prescott to be a better prospect at the moment than Cook. Miller previously had Prescott two spots behind Cook in his most recent QB rankings.