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2016 NFL Draft: Titans trade up and take Jack Conklin 8th overall

Pick AnalysisWith the 8th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft the Tennessee Titans select Jack Conklin, Offensive Tackl


Pick Analysis

With the 8th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft the Tennessee Titans select Jack Conklin, Offensive Tackle, Michigan State. This pick is in place in order to protect Marcus Mariota and to pair him with Taylor Lewan to bookend the offensive line. He is likely to start at Right Tackle while learning and may swap with Lewan further down the line. Keeping their franchise Quarterback safe is very important, and Conklin goes a way to do this. This pick seems to be in direct conscience of what happened earlier with Tunsil. Conklin was expected to go high, but not this high. After Tunsil affected his draft stock earlier in the day, Conklin clearly is seen by the organisation as a safer pick, and someone they can rely on. They went after a direct need here, and received an All-American in the process. (Thomas Clapham)

Player Analysis

How Conklin ended up so poorly recruited is a mystery that plenty of coaches are hugely regretting.  Rather than go to the one school who made him an offer (Div.2 Wayne State), Conklin instead chose to walk on at Michigan State.  After initially redshirting, he became a full time starter his redshirt freshman season including 10 at left tackle, where he has remained ever since.  In 38 career games, Conklin has allowed just 4 sacks, a hugely impressive statistic, and speaks to his superb ability in pass protection, and given the number of quality defenders that have lined up against him over the last three years in both the Big 10 conference and beyond becomes an even more impressive feat.  The Spartans’ left tackle has superb size and strength with an excellent short set anchor; once he establishes contact with his opposing rusher, that generally equals game over right there.  Given his big build and strength, it’s no surprise that he is a hugely effective run blocker, backing up the use of his size with aggression to always finish.  Conklin is about as steady as they come, consistent with every snap.  Although he proved he was a better athlete than given credit for at the combine, Conklin still lacks ideal quick movements and overall playing athleticism that make him a little more vulnerable to speed rushes than the top two listed here.  Some did, and may still, consider his best fit at guard, but he’s got the ability to play left or right tackle in the pros.  Either way, Conklin is sure to be a relatively safe selection.  Coaches will love his hard working attitude that is evident in his play each and every snap, a blue collar attitude and mentality, to use the cliché. (Rebecca Rennie)

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2016 NFL Draft: Titans trade up and take Jack Conklin 8th overall

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