Cook 4th, Butt 2nd on Kiper's new position rankings

The Detroit News
Mel Kiper ranks Connor Cook the No. 4 quarterback and Jack Allen the No. 5 center.

Michigan State's Connor Cook is rated the No. 4 quarterback in the 2016 NFL draft by ESPN's Mel Kiper.

Kiper's latest position breakdown, updated Thursday, has Cook behind Paxton Lynch of Memphis, Jared Goff of California and Carson Wentz of North Dakota State.

However, Cook ranks above other notable signal-callers such as Christian Hackenberg of Penn State (fifth), Dak Prescott of Mississippi State (sixth) and Trevone Boykin of TCU (10th).

At tight end, Michigan's Jake Butt is ranked No. 2 behind Hunter Henry of Arkansas, and at fullback, UM's Joe Kerridge and MSU's Trevon Pendleton are eighth and ninth, respectively.

On the offensive line, MSU's Jack Conklin is the No. 3 tackle and Jack Allen is the No. 5 center.

On defense, MSU's Shilique Calhoun is the No. 7 end and UM's Jourdan Lewis is the No. 7 cornerback, though Lewis has indicated that he is likely to return to Ann Arbor for his senior season.

Meanwhile, on Kiper's latest Big Board, Conklin is ranked No. 22.

"He hasn't been 100 percent all year but is still one of the more complete offensive tackle prospects in college football," Kiper says of Conklin. "At 6-foot-6 and 325 pounds, he moves well -- he was a good basketball player in high school -- and is most impressive in his consistency. He just doesn't give up sacks and is showing more pop as a run-blocker. Conklin could be a great draft story if he stays healthy."

Kiper's top three on the Big Board are Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa, Lynch and Mississippi defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche.

Jake Butt