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2016 Combine: Scouting the Quarterbacks

Check out some of the quarterback prospects in action at the 2016 NFL Combine.

TOP FIVE PERFORMANCES

40-Yard Dash

  1. Jeff Driskel (Louisiana Tech) – 4.56
  2. Carson Wentz (North Dakota State), Trevone Boykin (TCU) – 4.77 
  3. Christian Hackenberg (Penn State), Kevin Hogan (Stanford) – 4.78

Vertical Jump

  1. Cardale Jones (Ohio State), Paxton Lynch (Memphis) – 36.0 
  2. Joel Stave (Wisconsin) – 33.5
  3. Connor Cook (Michigan State) – 33.0
  4. Kevin Hogan (Stanford), Dak Prescott (Mississippi State) – 32.5

Broad Jump

  1. Jeff Driskel (Louisiana Tech) – 10'2"
  2. Paxton Lynch (Memphis), Carson Wentz (North Dakota State) – 9'10" 
  3. Josh Woodrum (Liberty) – 9'9"
  4. Dak Prescott (Mississippi State) -9'8"

Three-Cone Drill

  1. Josh Woodrum (Liberty) – 6.74
  2. Vernon Adams (Oregon) – 6.82
  3. Carson Wentz (North Dakota State) – 6.86
  4. Kevin Hogan (Stanford) – 6.90
  5. Christian Hackenberg (Penn State) – 7.04

QUOTEBOOK

Michigan State QB Connor Cook

On why he is pro ready…

"I think it's the system I've been in for the last four and a half years. It's been the same offense that I've been able to run throughout that entire time. I've done a lot of stuff from under center, done the 5-step drops, done the 7-step drops, naked play-action pass rollouts. We have pro-style concepts, reading the whole field. It's not like we're standing just on one side of the field and staying there. We have one, two, three, to four different reads. Just being able to operate in the pocket, being able to get the ball from under center, and just our concepts I would say is what makes me the most pro ready."

On what he is trying to prove at the Combine…

"That my shoulder is 100% healthy. I think that's a big question, too, a lot of people are asking that. I will be throwing. That's one of the main reasons why. I want to prove to everyone because I'm going to go out there, I'm going to throw, I'm going to compete and show  everyone that it's 100%.  There are no issues, no problems and I'm going to go out there and sling it."

On what the biggest misconceptions about him are…

"That I'm a cocky football player, arrogant, stuff like that. And it couldn't be further from the truth. That's why I'm looking forward to sitting down with these teams and let them find out who the real Connor Cook is. That I'm a nice, humble, hard-working kid."

California QB Jared Goff

On being talked about as a top QB in the draft…

"I always want to go out there with something to prove. I always have a chip on my shoulder and I always want to go out there and prove people wrong, prove people right, whatever it is. I just go out there and try to do my best. By no means am I complacent at all. I want to go out there and do my best and hopefully play well."

On what he brings to the table…

"I think tremendous leadership (and)  hard working. I think I'm going to improve a team the day I get there, honestly. I think I can be the guy who can play right away, the guy who can sit if I need to and learn. Honestly I'm excited for whatever team wants to draft me and I'm excited to make an impact right away."

On his best attribute…

"I think my accuracy is one of my best attributes. I've been pretty accurate my whole life and was able to improve that at Cal even more. And then something I want to work on is kind of tying my feet to my upper body a little bit and staying a little more on balance when I'm throwing. I was able to get away with some stuff in the past, maybe falling off throws or just kind of getting away with it because I was in college and had enough arm talent to do it. I don't expect to be able to get away with that really much longer.

North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz

On his Senior Bowl performance…

"I think for me it's kind of what I expected going in to show what I'm capable of. But I think to a lot of people it showed I can handle that game speed. Obviously there's still going to be a big jump going forward, but that was probably the big question everyone wants to know. Can he adjust? He was playing FCS ball. All these guys are FBS guys. I think I went in there and proved that I could handle it."

On what system he ran in college…

"At North Dakota State, we were pro style, under center quite a bit. Huddle up. Over the last couple years we got really multiple with that. We ended up doing a lot of different stuff out of the gun. Still stayed true to our power football, play-action pass. But then there was more of me running the ball a little bit as well. I think that will help me tremendously going forward. I was in charge of a lot at the line of scrimmage, changing plays, run checks, all sorts of fun stuff with that. But obviously there's going to be a jump. The NFL playbook is probably twice the size of what we did, or more. I'm excited for that. I'm a student of the game. I love learning football so I'm excited to learn that."

On being compared to Andrew Luck

"For one to be compared to anybody in the NFL is obviously quite an honor. Those guys have already proven themselves. We're all just college kids coming out trying to make a name for ourselves. So those comparisons … everyone is going to throw their comparisons out there. I think it's tough to really put a guy and say this is who he's like or he's like this guy and put him in a box. I don't think that's fair to myself or to anybody else. But hearing those comparisons, obviously, like I mentioned I just have nothing but respect for the guys, all the names that have been thrown out there. So it's always cool."

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