MSU’s Cook misses chance to boost draft stock

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Connor Cook

Mobile, Ala. -- Connor Cook will be among the top quarterback selected in the NFL draft in April, but he's missing a chance to improve his draft stock this week.

Phil Savage, executive director of the Senior Bowl, announced Tuesday that Cook was one of three players who declined an invitation, along with Alabama center Ryan Kelly and Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner.

Several players, including Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun (wrist), turned down the event due to injury.

Without Cook in Mobile, several teams will focus on North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz, a potential first-round pick.

Cook was ranked the No. 29 player in the draft in the latest Top 32, updated earlier this month, by Todd McShay of ESPN. Cook was the third quarterback on the board, behind California’s Jared Goff at No. 17 and Memphis’ Paxon Lynch at No. 23.

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