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2017 NFL DRAFT

Jack Conklin, OT

School: Michigan State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Plainwell, MI
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 308 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
1631

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.982.921.7625 308'7"4.577.63

Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Cleveland Browns | #8
    With the Browns apparently planning to build around Robert Griffin III at quarterback, the need for help along the offensive line is now even more of a priority. Conklin, a former walk-on turned All-American left tackle, plays with physicality and tenacity and could provide competition on an offensive line needing reinforcements inside and out after losing Mitchell Schwartz and Alex Mack in free agency.
  • Tennessee Titans | #15
    With the Titans moving back to No. 15, the goal of protecting Marcus Mariota should remain top priority. Conklin would make sense as a player who can play right tackle from day one, but also add versatility inside at guard, keeping Taylor Lewan at left tackle.
  • Tennessee Titans | #15
    They need tackle help and after moving down they get a player a lot of scouts love. He is tough and will battle. But he is limited athletically.
  • New York Giants | #10
    After spending big on defense in free agency, the Giants can devote some resources to protecting Eli Manning as well.
  • Tennessee Titans | #15
    This draft breaks pretty perfectly for the Titans, who move down 14 spots and still fill their biggest need with a quality player, and get a bunch of extra draft value the next two years for their troubles.
 

Player Overview

Conklin was a late bloomer and couldn't garner any attention as a high school recruit, but worked his way to a scholarship at Michigan State and is now a legitimate first-round prospect - he would be the first Spartans offensive lineman drafted in the opening round since Tony Mandarich (1989).

Conklin missed two games in 2015 as a junior, starting 12 games at left tackle and earning First Team All-Big Ten and All-America honors.

Conklin was All-Big Ten and All-American as a redshirt junior and opted to enter the NFL draft, a considerable climb four years after arriving in East Lansing as a preferred walk-on and redshirt.

Despite being the son of a former Michigan offensive lineman and high school head coach, Conklin went criminally under-recruited, receiving only one scholarship offer, but from Division II Wayne State. He planned to play the 2012 season at Fork Union Military School until Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio took another look at Conklin's tape, inviting him to walk on with the promise that he could earn a scholarship in 2013.

After redshirting in 2012 in East Lansing, Conklin established himself as the starting left tackle. He started the next 40 games.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Well-built with excellent core strength and center of gravity to stay balanced through contact. Wide base with lower body power to control the point of attack. Strong upper body and hands to jolt and steer defenders as a run blocker. Works hard to keep spacing with his reach. Controlled in space and picks up edge speed, sinking his hips to anchor. Rarely plays in reverse. Smart and instinctive, understanding protections and using his eyes to pick up extra pressures. Feisty and always looking for someone to block, displaying a dependable playing temperament. Accomplished three year starter with experience on both sides of the line of scrimmage (38 career starts).

WEAKNESSES: Adequate length, but doesn't play like it, allowing rushers into his body at times in an attempt to control them. Not a light mover and slow to recover once rushers gain a step. Tends to get his feet tied up in his outside kickslide, lunging and falling off balance. Will open up prematurely and struggle in space. Not a rangy player and too often late to climb to the second level. Technique tends to break down vs. speed. Medical reports are important - suffered a left knee sprain (Sept. 2015) and missed two games.

COMPARES TO: Andrew Whitworth, Cincinnati Bengals - Due to his lack of ideal range and lateral quickness, many doubted Whitworth could consistently start at left tackle in the NFL, but he uses his wide base and core power to control edge speed, similar to Conklin at Michigan State.

IN OUR VIEW: Conklin is powerful and quick-minded to read/react in a flash and dominate in tight spaces, but he doesn't have the quick-twitch body control to consistently mirror in space. He's not a top-shelf athlete and will struggle with edge speed at times, but no one is going through him due to his wide base and contact balance.

He is always in a ready position and rarely seems surprised, which compensates for his lack of elite quickness in pass protection. Conklin is well-coached, physical and a natural competitor, which makes him NFL ready from Day One.

--Dane Brugler (2/6/16)

 
 
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01/07/2016 - Jack Conklin wrapped up his Michigan State career with an open letter to his teammates, coaches and fans. Conklin is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft. The Spartans announced his decision Wednesday and posted his letter online. "These past four years hold some of the most memorable moments of my life so far with my Spartan family by my side," the redshirt junior tackle said. "I'm incredibly proud to have been part of the most successful run in Michigan State football history, and the experiences I've had with my teammates are unforgettable." The 6-foot-6, 325-pound Conklin was part of an offensive line that helped Michigan State win the Big Ten and reach college football's playoff. The third-ranked Spartans lost to second-ranked Alabama in the semifinals last week.

"Having deliberated whether or not to take my football career to the next level, I have made the decision with the support of my family to forgo my final season of eligibility," Conklin said in his letter. "To say that this was a difficult decision for me would be an understatement, but I'm very excited for what the next chapter has in store for me. I'm truly blessed and grateful to have this unbelievable opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of mine." Conklin was named a second-team All-American this season by The Associated Press. "The pre-draft numbers project Jack as a probable first-round selection, and there's no doubt that he'll be an outstanding tackle at the next level," coach Mark Dantonio said. - AP Sports

 

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