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2016 NFL Draft: Raiders trade up to select Connor Cook in Round 4

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In the fourth round, the Oakland Raiders have selected Connor Cook out of Michigan State.

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

With their fourth round selection the Oakland Raiders have taken quarterback Connor Cook from Michigan State. They in fact traded up to Pick 100 to take Cook, which is something of a surprise considering they already have their franchise quarterback in Derek Carr. The Raiders gave up one of their two fifth-rounders to the Browns to move up in the draft and select Cook.

Cook has good size for the NFL at 6'4" and 217 pounds with a good arm. He has struggled with his accuracy in the Big Ten, completing 56% of his passes in his senior year. Cook is a mature leader and was a four-year starter at Michigan State who led the Spartans to the College Football Playoff last season. He seems an ideal backup quarterback who was drafted much lower than he was expected to go.

Picks so far

Round 1- Karl Joseph, S, WVU

Round 2- Jihad Ward, DL, Illinois

Round 3- Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan St.

Best Available Players

Andrew Billings, 6’2, 310 pounds, DT, Baylor

Alex Collins, 5’11, 215 pounds, RB, Arkansas

Rashard Higgins, 6’2, 190 pounds, WR, Colorado State

Kentrell Brothers, 6’1, 235 pounds, MLB, Missouri

Jeremy Cash, 6’2, 210 pounds, S, Duke

Paul Perkins, 5’11, 210 pounds, RB, UCLA

Jonathan Williams, 6’0, 223 pounds, RB, Arkansas

Kenneth Dixon, 5’10, 213 pounds, RB, Louisiana Tech

Pharoh Cooper, 5’11, 207 pounds, WR, South Carolina