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Ask 5: What's best player comp for MSU QB Connor Cook?


Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook is generating plenty of buzz within scouting circles as he prepares for a big test against Oregon this week. The Spartans' signal-caller has even drawn a comparison to Patriots QB Tom Brady (from a Ducks assistant coach). I asked five NFL personnel executives to give me the best player comparison for Cook. Here are their answers.

Executive 1: Chad Pennington
"I see similarities to Pennington. He's smooth and has a good-not-great arm. He shows poise in the pocket and makes good decisions."

Executive 2: Nick Foles
"I still need to do a lot of work on him, but if I had to make a call now, I'd say Nick Foles. They both have good size. Smart, average athletes with good-not-great arm strength."

Executive 3: Blake Bortles
"Based on what I've seen so far, I'll go with Bortles. Talented guy with inconsistent arm strength and inconsistent decision making. They each have great size and sneaky athleticism."

Executive 4: Andy Dalton
"I think he's Andy Dalton with a stronger arm."

Executive 5: Carson Palmer
"Maybe Carson Palmer in some ways. Tons of arm talent, real good size, a good athlete, but moments of inconsistency that give you pause."

Verdict: It's a mixed bag, with five different players receiving a vote.

Conclusion: Cook is one of the most intriguing players to monitor during the college season. He has a lot of tools to work with, but it's tough to find a clear-cut comparison for him at the NFL level. The executives I surveyed offered a broad range of comps. Personally, I see him as Carson Palmer without the top-shelf arm strength. He is similar to Palmer in size, athletic ability and demeanor. This week's game against Oregon will be heavily attended by NFL scouts and I'm anxious to see how Cook performs on that stage.

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