-Cook makes his living on throws outside the numbers and will place it well on outside shoulder throws. He can make all the NFL-type throws but must show more consistency with ball placement overall.
-Gets the ball to his target with pace and a tight spiral when his feet are set. Overall, quick release and sharp throwing mechanics with a succinct wind up. Cook displays nice touch on the ball and can alter velocity with his throws to make them more catchable for receivers.
-Cook is extremely confident and isn't afraid to force the ball through tight windows vs double coverage.
-Processes his checks fairly quickly and thoroughly, sometimes making it all the way to his 4th progression. Will not stare down receivers and keeps his head active when going through progressions and frequently looks off defenders. Cerebral aspect of the position seems to be there.
-Displays good situational awareness and game management. Will throw the ball away when under pressure.
This is a simple play, but it shows maturity. Cook will shuffle step to left outside hash and throw it away when facing the blitz.
-Demonstrates a nice arc on deep balls and gives his receivers an opportunity to get under it. Will be comfortable in a vertical offense as long as his offensive line gives him time.
Here is an example of how Cook can step into his throw and move the ball downfield.
-Will stare down the barrel of pressure and is not afraid to take the big hit.
In this play vs. Ohio State, Cook takes a shot but delivers before his receiver even breaks the route, showing good anticipation.
-Cook had the advantage of playing behind one of the best offensive lines in collegiate football. Athough he didn't get sacked much, whenever he took a big hit he got right back up.
-Despite a shoulder injury in the second half of the 2015 season, Cook seems like a durable and tough kid with the physical makeup of an NFL QB at 6'4" 220+ lbs. He tried to play through pain in the CFB Playoff game vs. Alabama and had his worst showing, but I wouldn't hold it against him since he was trying to suit up with an injury.
-The fact that Cook returned to school as a redshirt Senior despite a successful rJR campaign shows an elevated maturity, passion and commitment to his teammates. Truly wants to compete and his play seems to elevate against higher competition.
-Not necessary unathletic, but Cook really struggles with throws on the run and the ball will often wobble when throwing on bootlegs.
You can see a good example of this Baylor when he tries to run option, hesitates, and pitches the ball over the RB's head. I am surprised that Baylor tried to move the pocket so often as his completion percentage dipped drastically when rolling out.
-Will miss open receivers from time to time on deep crossing routes and slants. Occasionally, Cook fails to lead his receiver on the route, and the adjustment to the throw usually leaves yards on the shelf.
-At times he will try and do too much and can be somewhat reckless with the football. Cavalier overconfidence can lead to turnovers.
Here is a good example of this when Baylor blitzes Cook and he flicks it to defender for an INT rather than throwing it away.
-Cook has a tendency to hop like a sparrow and this can lead to him not getting as much leg drive in his throws from time to time. Throws tend to sail high when feet not properly set, so a system with taller NFL receivers might be a better fit for Cook.
-Cook comes off as an extemely confident guy and someone who will interview extremely well in Indianapolis during the Combine. The knock on Cook's leadership and maturity is that he was not voted as a Team Captain by his teammates for his redshirt Senior season. I expect a GM to get to know Cook extremely well in the interview process and feel comfortable enough with him to still garner consideration in the first round. I mean, Jameis Winston went first overall despite petty larceny and rape allegations, so to hold something like team captaincy against Cook seems unfair.
GRADE: 78 OVERALL
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NFL PLAYER COMPARISON: MATT STAFFORD
40 YARD TIME: TBD
BENCH PRESS: TBD
3 CONE DRILL: TBD
SHORT SHUTTLE: TBD
VERTICAL JUMP: TBD
BROAD JUMP: TBD
BEST TEAM FITS: RAMS, JETS, TEXANS
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