When you have a quarterback whose college resume suggests he is a borderline first round pick still available heading into the third day of the draft, there's usually a good reason for it. For Connor Cook, it was concerns about his leadership and team dynamic. His having not been nominated by his teammates as a team captain is a big red flag that suggests those questions are more than just rumblings. Something Cook answers much like Charlie Sheen once did; WINNING!
"I don't think you can win that many games and be that successful at a program without being a leader," Cook said shortly after the Raiders traded up in round four to draft him. "That stuff was just so far from the truth and everything will work itself out. People want to talk and they've never sat down to talk to me or got to know me as a person. We were successful for a reason and that's pretty much all I've got to say. I'm just looking forward to this whole new journey and getting a chance to be part of this organization and just go out there and compete."
Well, 32 NFL teams passed on Cook, many of which three times, leaving Cook as the big story heading into day three of the draft, where the Browns had the second pick of the fourth round (100) and were open to moving down for the third time in this draft. That's when the Raiders jumped up to take a chance that Cook's potential outweighed his concerns, and therefore give them a solid backup.