August 13, 2014 at 7:07 pm

ESPN analyst ranks Michigan State's Connor Cook sixth-best QB in country

Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook has strong NFL potential, according to ESPN analyst Brock Huard. (Dale G. Young / Detroit News)

ESPN analyst Brock Huard has ranked Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook sixth in his preseason top 10 rankings for the position. Florida State’s Jameis Winston is No. 1 overall, while Ohio State’s Braxton Miller is fifth.

Huard, writing for ESPN Insider, said his rankings combine past production, the player’s projected performance this season and the player’s chances of going on to the NFL.

“Cook, like many on this list, spent time away from campus honing his fundamentals and technique,” Huard wrote. “By all accounts, he has returned to East Lansing bigger, stronger, smarter and more determined than ever to prove he belongs in the top tier among his peers. While Cook will never put up the numbers of other spread QBs in stat-hungry systems, his rating of 135.5 (61st in FBS in 2013) will have to improve for Sparty to repeat as Big Ten and Rose Bowl champs.”

Huard gave Cook an eight on a scale of one to 10 for his production thus far and a seven for his NFL-type skills. In comparison, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, the reigning Heisman winner, received a 10 in both categories.