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NFL Draft: Getting to know the Raiders’ Day 3 picks

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Michigan State's Connor Cook was the Raiders fourth round pick.

Michigan State’s Connor Cook was the Raiders fourth round pick.

Connor Cook

Round (overall): Fourth round (No. 100)

College: Michigan State

Position: Quarterback

Ht/Wt: 6-foot-4/220

College highlights: 2015 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award winning, Big Ten Quarterback of the Year and All-Big Ten first-team selection. Career record as a starter of 34-5 and went 2-0 in Big Ten championship games. Michigan State’s all-time leader in touchdown passes (71), passing yards (9,194) and total offense (9,403). Continue Reading

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Raiders’ fourth-round pick Connor Cook demonstrates McKenzie’s commitment to future over present

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The Raiders (Matthew Mitchell/MSU Athletic Communications)

The Raiders took a look at building for the future by drafting quarterback Connor Cook. (Matthew Mitchell/MSU Athletic Communications)

ALAMEDA —  Were the Raiders’ first draft pick on Day 3 to ever step on the field this season, it would signify the end of their playoff hopes and aspirations.

If more evidence was needed to show that general manager Reggie McKenzie views the draft as a mechanism for building toward the future as much as fortifying the present, it arrived quickly Saturday with the selection of Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook.

In fact, McKenzie did something he has never done in his previous four drafts _ he traded up and lost a draft pick to get someone. In exchange for going up to No. 100 to select a player who will probably be the third quarterback. Continue Reading

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UPDATED: Raiders trade up to take QB Connor Cook

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The Raiders moved up in the draft to take quarterback Connor Cook (Michigan State athletics)

The Raiders moved up in the draft to take quarterback Connor Cook (Michigan State athletics)

The Raiders made a surprising move Saturday, moving up in the draft to take Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook with the second pick of the fourth round.

Oakland is well set at quarterback with starter Derek Carr, but Cook provides them a potential backup of value after Cook dropped into the third day of the draft.

The Raiders swapped their fourth round pick (No. 114) and one of their fifth rounders (No. 154) with Cleveland to move up to the No. 100 overall pick. That moved them one spot ahead of the Dallas Cowboys, who were believed to be interested in Cook.  Continue Reading

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