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Jack Conklin Selected 8th Overall in 2016 NFL Draft
- Updated: April 28, 2016
NFL: Jack Conklin
With the 8th overall pick in the NFL draft the Tennessee Titans selected Jack Conklin, Offensive Tackle from the University of Michigan State.
Standing 6’6″ tall and weighing in at 308 pounds, 21-year-old Jack Conklin will be a fabulous addition to any gap scheme with the ability to play either left or right tackle.
Jack was a former walk on with no FBS scholarships coming out of his 12th grade high school year. His sophomore year both the media and the NCAA coaches poll named him a second-team Big Ten left tackle.
His final and Junior year of college at Michigan State, Conklin recieved All American status from all media outlets and the NCAA coaches poll, earning himself an All Big Ten Lineman spot. His leadership and demeanor was enough to protect Connor Cook’s blind side very effectively, allowing Michigan State to conquer rival and 2015 National Championship winner Ohio State in the Big 10 Championship game.
Conklin’s strength’s definitely lie in the run game; he’s been seen taking edge rushers up and beyond the second level of the defense. His quick and powerful punch lands first and is one of the best in the draft class.
Conklin is not easily moved; stays strong and anchored while displaying above average body control. He is fine in pass protection; his strength makes up for any technique issues.
The large issue with Conklin is his ability to move his feet quickly on the snap. His upper body was strong enough in college to contain edge rushers, but his speed will be tested in the NFL. Jack’s size does not include the special athleticism found in tackles like 2014 2nd overall pick Greg Robinson or 2014 6th overall pick Jake Mathews.
For the Titans, Jack Conklin will be a solid NFL left tackle, with the potential to be an All-Pro if he stays on the right side.
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