Michigan State Football: 5 players who will be chosen in 2016 NFL Draft

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Sep 27, 2014; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans quarterback Connor Cook (18) gestures from the field prior to the game against the Wyoming Cowboys at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Many people believe that Connor Cook will be the top quarterback chosen in the 2016 NFL Draft, and I am one of those people. Cook has gone from buried on the depth chart two years ago to a top Heisman contender as well as NFL prospect.

Not many people saw a situation like this occurring where Cook would be a possible top pick, but he has worked hard and shown the results that many were hoping for.

In fact, according to draft analyst Chad Reuter for NFL.com, Cook has become the best senior draft prospect for the 2016 class. If he had declared following his junior year, we may have been talking about the young gunslinger as a possible first-round selection.

There are a few things he needs to work on if he plans on being one of the first 10 picks in next year’s draft. First of all, his footwork needs a ton of perfecting. Many times, Cook gets impatient and rushes his throws by tossing the ball off his back foot. Often times, this leads to a turnover and change in momentum.

On top of all that, the other change he needs to make is his decision-making. He doesn’t throw too many interceptions, which is surprising because he’s often making snap decisions, for the worst, while under pressure. He needs to learn how to take a sack or toss it away instead of throwing into coverage.

Other than that, all’s good for Cook to be an early pick.

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