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INDIANAPOLIS The more reasons NFLteams find to fade Connor Cook in the 2016 draft, the greater the chances thatone team will come out looking smarter than all the rest when it takes him.It's hard to remember a quarterback prospect as refined and accomplished as Cook getting this kind of raw deal.He hasprototypical Mike Jenkins Jersey size (6-4, 217 pounds). He has a strong arm. He's tough. He helped Michigan State win 35 games over threeseasons as a starter, with plenty of big moments in big games against top competition.At this point last year, Cook was in theconversation as the potential top QB and No. 1 pick. Then came aninjury to his right (throwing) shoulder. Thencamethe "insult"to a Big Ten legend after beingnamed MVP inthe conference title game.Then came the ineffective s against Alabama in the College Football Playoff.Cook has tumbled, trying to find his way back to trump the buzzing trio of Carson Wentz, Jared Goff and Paxton Lynch. That's the real di s: lumping Cook morewith a pair ofinconsistent underachievers fromthe same conference inChristian Hackenberg and Cardale Jones.NFL DRAFT: Selections, analysis, moreThrough all the recent knocks on Cook, however, the bigger andleast explicableis the one questioning the leadership of someone who, well, led a winning team for so long."Maybe it started with menot being selected captain, so people might think, Oh, he doesnt get along with his teammates, which couldnt be further from the truth," Cook said at the Combine."Thetrophy presentation, people might jump to that and think, Oh, well, hes this, and hes that, but that couldnt be further from the truth, as well. Im looking forward to being able to meet with these teams, get to know them, and have them get to know me on a personal level. Hopefully I can change those misconceptions.Cook had acool explanation for that first hot take. There was no Captain Cook because heplayed on a senior-laden team with a strong leadership council, of which he was a part.To one of the juniors who formed Cook's support system Michigan State left tackle (and now Tenne see Titan)Jack Conklin there was "no doubt" about his ability to lead."Its a little bit of overkill at this point. Connor was a leader on our team," Conklin said. "Talk to anybody at the Michigan State program and youll get the same answer. This is going to be a stage for Mike Williams Jersey him to prove he can be that guy that leads a team in games, can make those throws in tight windows, be a fourth-quarter guy who comes in and leads a team down the stretch."OK, one criticism down, a few more to go. So how about ignoring atwo-time Heisman Trophy-winning running back?"That kind of got blown out of proportion, as well. I was excited. I was a little nervous. I didnt think I deserved the MVP, first and foremost," Cook said. "I was thinking about what I was going to say once I got the microphone, wanting to give it to my offensive line just for the way that they played throughout the entire game, especially the last drive."It did kind of look bad and I felt bad about it. But we won our football conference, were Big Ten champs. The last thing thats going through my mind at that time is to try and disrespect someone, let alone a man like Archie Griffin.Wait, Cook was reallytrying to be unselfish when everyone a Ryan Griffin Jersey sumed he was being super selfish? Shame on everyone.Next up was Cook not attending the Senior Bowl, a week of practices that Wentz especially used to greatly improve his stock. Cook, on the advice of his agent, didn't want to rush things then withhishealing shoulder and a banged-up lower body.Then there's the unfair analysis of thinking Cook is another Brian Hoyer or Kirk Cousins, just because he comes out of the program known for churning out caretaking-type pro quarterbacks. That's ignoring the fact Cook looks more the part of a pro-ready gunslinger in the pocket.That of courseleads to one more question mark: that darn fact he completed fewer than 60 percent of his career pa s attempts at Michigan State.Im not going to try to make up any excuses. There aretimes where I do mi s some easy throws here and there. But that is a part of our offense," Cook said."We really dont throw a whole lot Mike Glennon Jersey of screens to our tailbacks, we really dont throw the ball laterally. We do throw the ball downfield, so when you do that, you kind of risk having a lower completion percentage.MORE: Cook scouting reportThe way Cook has been scrutinized, you would think he was a small-school prospect or a big-program guy who flashed in only a season or two. Oh, wait, never mind. Those more fit the profilesofthe quaterback prospectsat whom he'slooking up.In reality, he's the QB in this draft with the fewest questions. For NFL decision-makerswho still aren't convinced, he plans to give them a few more strong answers."Im looking forward to sitting down with these teams and let them find out who the real Connor Cook is. That Im a nice, humble, hard-working kid," he said."I always believe in myself, and maybe thats what they get it mixed up with. I dont see myself as cocky, arrogant. I dont talk trash when were playing, I respect my opponent, no matter who it is. Im just a confident individual.He has every reason to exude that confidence. The NFL team that shows the same confidence in him won't be disappointed when it ends up with the best quarterback in this cla s.

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