Offensive Tackle, Michigan State 6ft 6in – 308 lbs
|40yd dash: 5.0s||Bench Press: 25 reps|
|Vertical Jump: N/A||3 Cone Drill: 7.63s|
|Broad Jump: 8ft 7in||20yd Shuttle: 4.57s|
Let’s start with this, Jack Conklin is an ANIMAL. When he gets his hands inside a player it is all over. He can be nasty and aggressive with defenders and he simply will not stop. When Michigan State played Oregon this year he handily won the day over highly touted prospect DeForest Buckner, displaying everything an NFL team could want out of a mauling right tackle. The question is can he be a smooth, protection machine of a left tackle? If a team thinks he can be then he instantly flies up their draft board, if not then he slides down it. Conklin’s strength in pass protection is his hands. He has a heavy and accurate punch, allowing him to latch onto rushers. But when he can’t get that first hand on things can go south. He doesn’t have the elite movement skills to stick with guys who can run counter moves, which exposes his poor foot speed. That’s not to say Conklin is slow, he can get to the second level very well but his agility might be sorely tested at the NFL level. The Titans and Bills have been the keenest on Conklin in the pre-draft process, with both needing a right tackle it makes a lot of sense to take him in the mid-to-late teens, but with the Giants also showing interest he might not last that long. Chicago haven’t had Conklin in for a visit but could certainly use the help at offensive tackle, and the same goes for Miami. I don’t think Conklin makes it passed 15, but he could go a lot higher if a team gets an itchy trigger finger. Personally I would at least try Conklin at left tackle, especially if I have a gaping hole there like Chicago, if he can handle the pass protection side of things then you have an elite run blocker on that side as well, and if not then you can always flip him to right tackle where he should be a productive NFL player from day 1.