Jack Conklin

OLT Michigan ST

6-5 7/8, 310, 35" Arms! 25 Reps,

(O) 5.00!  9'7" Broad! 

7.63 3-Cone, 4.57 Short Shuttle! 

Really Mel?

By TOM

Conklin is a tough old-school bastard. "That is a dude, right there," an NFC North Scout said. "He was busting up Ohio State in the fourth quarter of that game not because he was more talented than those guys but because he just wanted it more. He's tougher than old beef jerky. He fits in our division." Most see him as an ORT, but I think he can play OLT. He just doesn't give up Sacks.

He is a top half of the 1st Round  player. "If Conklin was there [at 16], I'd sprint to the podium," Mayock said. "He was a walk-on at Michigan State, as you know, got a little edge to his game. I'll tell you who he reminds me of from a body type and demeanor. He reminds me of Kyle Long, and that's a compliment. Now I don't think he's got Kyle's feet, but very few people do." In fact, he has worked himself into a top ten pick. 

I think the perfect fit for him is Cleveland. He can play ORT for a year or two. He had three starts at ORT at Michigan State. He can learn behind Thomas for a few years, and then switch over to ORT. That might also prolong Thomas' career for a couple of years at ORT. It also gives Cleveland a season at OLT in the NFL to decide if they want to pick up the fifth year of his rookie contract. 

He plays with such brute force in the run game. Gets outside and seals the OLB easily. Great combo blocker. He can block the DT, and then knock back the blitzing OLB on the same play. Brutal heavy hands. He moves so well laterally that he can get the blitzer coming from way outside. Turns every play into a fist fight.

He really looks like a smooth athlete sometimes moving backwards. "Jack Conklin is just a good football player," Louis Riddick said. "Jack's feet aren't as good as Ronnie Stanley's. But Jack is strong as heck, takes consistent pass sets, has a very, very stout anchor. [He] is a mower in the run game. Comes from an offense that is very much so pro-oriented, and the guy is just A-plus in personal and football character." He can look awkward moving forward sometimes. They will have him pull inside and lead the RB through the hole on the other side of the line.  

But there are times when he looks as smooth as anyone in this Draft moving backwards. Great job on the goal line. He can punch the DT to the ground right in the middle of the maelstrom. I didn't think he was a 1st round pick until I watched him against Michigan. Where I saw some suddenness in his hips moving backwards. He had a great game. He was not just a powerful blocker, but he looks like an athlete moving backwards in pass pro. He does a nice job sliding outside on wide rushers. I like his Kickslide. 

In 26 career starts, facing a ton of good edgerushers, he only gave up 2.5 Sacks. He gave up half a Sack last season. He missed two games in 2015:

2015 SEASON (JUNIOR): Named All-American by Sporting News (first team), USA TODAY (first team), Associated Press (second team), CBS Sports (second team), Football Writers Association of America (second team), Walter Camp Football Foundation (second team), Phil Steele (third team) and SI.com (honorable mention) . . . became the first Spartan offensive tackle to be named a first-team All-American since Flozell Adams in 1997 . . . first-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media; was MSU’s first All-Big Ten First Team offensive tackle since Sean Poole in 2004 . . . also named first-team All-Big Ten by The Associated Press, Athlon Sports, BTN.com, ESPN.com and Phil Steele . . . played in 12 games (missed Purdue and Rutgers games with a leg injury) . . . had 65.5 knockdowns during the regular season . . . graded out as a winner in eight of his 10 regular-season games . . . helped anchor a Spartan offensive line that rushed for 174 yards on No. 4 Iowa – the nation’s sixth-ranked rushing defense – in the Big Ten Championship Game . . . was named Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week a team-best four times (Western Michigan, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio State) . . . had 8.5 knockdowns vs. Penn State as the Nittany Lions were held without a sack for the first time all season . . . named Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week vs. No. 2 Ohio State as the Spartans rushed for 203 yards and ended the Buckeyes’ 23-game winning streak; graded out a winner and had 1.5 knockdowns against OSU . . . selected fourth game captain for Maryland game and had five knockdowns against the Terrapins . . . delivered a winning grade at Nebraska and tallied nine knockdowns, including four dominators . . . named Spartan Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week after posting a winning grade and compiling eight knockdowns vs. Indiana . . . after missing two games, returned to action at Michigan in Week 7 and was named the Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week after recording 7.5 knockdowns and registering a Big Ten Championship grade . . . did not play against Purdue (Week 5) and Rutgers (Week 6) due to a leg injury . . . saw his streak of 27 consecutive starts at left tackle end in Week 5 as he missed the Purdue game due to a leg injury . . . limited to 23 snaps against Central Michigan and was forced to leave midway through the game with a leg injury . . . led team with 7.5 knockdowns vs. Air Force and graded at a winning level against the Falcons . . . led team with 9.5 knockdowns and posting a winning grade in the win over No. 7 Oregon . . . named MSU’s Offensive Lineman of the Week after grading out at a Big Ten Championship level and collecting six knockdowns in the win at Western Michigan . . . named the fourth game captain against the Broncos.

Conklin was a tough one for me. "After studying Michigan State, I'm surprised at how average Jack Conklin was athletically." a scout said. " I guess I just expected more based on his reputation. He's a good player, though. Better player than athlete, which isn't a bad thing." I liked how he played on the field. but I didn't always like the way he moved backwards. But then one game this season I saw that quickness moving backwards that I needed to see. "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," Dantonio said. "He's well prepared to transition into the next chapter of his life, and we wish him nothing but the best as he chases his dream of playing in the NFL." That was the final piece for me.

It as the Michigan game, and ever since than I saw him as a 1st Round pick. "My first goal is to become a first-round draft pick," Conklin continued. "That's been my dream since I was a little kid. I feel like I'm in the situation where I have the capability of doing that going into training now. One day I want to be a Pro Bowler; I want to be an All-Pro guy, and those are the types of goals I have set for myself now, but none of that would be capable without the experience I've had here at Michigan State and the opportunity I was given." He has taken advantage of his time at Michigan State to get better.

I think he can play OLT in the NFL. "Jack Conklin is a gifted athlete, who embodies all of the qualities of the ideal left tackle," Mark Dantonio said. "He's an intelligent player, who runs extremely well for his size. Jack was an impact player in our starting lineup for the last three years, and his toughness permeated the entire offensive line." I also think he can play OLG or ORT if worse comes to worse. 

I think he might end up in Baltimore after a surprising rant by Mel. "There are ten players in this Draft you could argue could go Number One, and Jack Conklin from Michigan State, an Offensive Tackle, has fewer holes than anybody," Mel said. "Zero red flags. He's a Left Tackle. He's very athletic. He's not an overachiever. He's a former walk on. Who is talented, and has incredible long arms. He's ferocious. He has the mentality [you look for]. He will blow you off the ball. Tunsil [isn't] necessarily [a beast in the run game]. He has issue there. Ronnie Stanley has issues there. Not Conklin. He is the cornerstone of your football team. The best player on the Board at this point (number 7). Certainly the best for me. Jack Conklin is the obvious pick for the 49ers. He will start his career as a Right Tackle." Whew! Mel has been on tour all week trying to set up Conklin as the best player in the Draft, worthy of being picked 1st overall. 

Jack Conklin Combine: 35" Arms is an absolute great number for him. He tested out as the top athlete at the Combine in the OL group. A little chunky pulling outside. Gets low and pushes up nicely when he moves straight ahead. Nice feet moving backwards, with some swivel hips. Hits with his two hands like a rhino. Very smooth in mirror drill. He was surprisingly athletic at the Combine He measured out as one of the most athletic of the OLT's. I was not expecting that. He is fierce in the run game, and one of the toughest blockers in this Draft.

Conklin Vs Ohio State 2015:

He turns and seals the OLB with some power. Nice cut blocker. He can shove the DE, and then get to the LB on the second level. He has more smooth feet than quick feet. Nice job taking the power stunter coming from the inside. He holds his lane well, and then has some snap in his shoulders when he sees the big DT bursting under the DE. He can meet and stalemate the D-end out on the edge on an outside run with nice feet and hands. I love how he blocks down on the DT, and then can slide to the second level and literally throw the OLB outside with a one handed shove. 

He does a nice job getting inside position, with quickness, and jam his inside hand into the DE and help him outside, on runs to the other side. He is so good at sealing and then shoving the DE or LB to the ground once they get to the side of him. Terrific pulling to the right and hitting the strongside D-end with great power. 

He can block down on the DT and seal him outside. That is a tough block. Great at blocking down on the DT. He can smash the DT to the ground, and still be quick enough to turn and hit the linebacker filling the hole. When he comes off the snap and takes one step back, he gets his hands up into the rusher and he is done.  When he moves forward into a 5-Tech he can devastate him with his hands. He can be beat by quickness inside.

Conklin Vs Ohio State:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9v_tXNF0PaU

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Conklin Vs Oregon:

He has some sticky hands holding shirt (:01). He meets Buckner head on, and pancakes him. Buckner is my Number One rated non-QB (:29). Great hands, balance, and positioning in pass pro (:37). Watch the pop on Buckner, as he punches him into the OG. But watch him turn and hit the blitzing ILB (:59). Watch the great jab with the inside hand (1:08). He moves so nice laterally outside in pass pro (1:29). He gets beat by the burst of Buckner (1:48). That is a pancake block against Buckner (1:57). He is a fierce warrior inside.

Straight up on Buckner. He tries a great push-pull, but watch Conklin's recovery (2:24). Watch the nice smooth kickslide outside to stuff the OLB (2:45). He uses his burst to get inside of Buckner, and holds on just long enough (2:59). He shoves the DL back five yards (3:38). He meets him in the hole again and doesn't let go (3:46). He catches him with his hands, and holds on (4:04). He gets his hands outside too much.

He has the stickiest hands in the Draft. Watch him grab Buckner's shirt. Buckner clubs him aside, but watch how his hands stick to his shirt as he dragged back laterally (9:43). He meets Buckner head on, and bends him inside. That is a great block. Then Buckner tries to get outside, but he hangs on with his hands (9:56). He blocks down on Buckner, but can't move. He looses his balance and goes down (10:05). Watch the nice smooth kickslide outside to cut off the OLB (10:14). He stalemates Buckner inside (10:23). But watch the hustle of Buckner to run 20-yards downfield.

He blocks down on Buckner, and then watch the feet as he gets outside and grabs the blitzer (10:33). He sticks one hand in Buckner's chest to help the OG push him back, and then watch him hop outside and overwhelm the LB (10:40). Then he does it again, in pass pro. He jams Buckner with his inside hand, and then envelopes the OLB blitzing from the edge (10:55). Watch him move laterally with his arm extended (11:12). He lines up inside at OG, and blocks down on the NT, and doesn't allow him to move (11:20). It is amazing how he can combo block in pass pro. He jams Buckner, and then watch his great feet as he shuffles outside to seal the blitzer (11:29). He gets outside quick. The rusher gets under him and drives him back with leverage. But watch how he recovers and stops his rush (11:37). Well I thought that was as good a Tape as I have seen all season. Maybe Mel is right. 

Conklin Vs Oregon:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUrV2cgedtY

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Conklin's Official Bio:

• 2015 FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN (SPORTING NEWS, USA TODAY)
• 2015 FIRST-TEAM ALL-BIG TEN (COACHES, MEDIA)

CAREER NOTES: Three-year letterwinner was a three-year starter at left tackle . . . started in 38 of his 39 career games (35 at left tackle, three at right tackle) . . . recorded more than 235 career knockdowns . . . former walk-on was awarded a scholarship in January 2013 . . . chose to forgo his senior season to enter the 2016 NFL Draft.

CAREER IN BOWL GAMES: Started three bowl games at left tackle (2014 Rose, 2015 Cotton, 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal at Cotton Bowl) . . . helped limit Baylor All-America defensive end Shawn Oakman to just three tackles as MSU gained 238 rushing yards on the nation’s No. 9 rushing defense in the win over the fourth-ranked Bears in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic . . . started at left tackle in MSU’s win over No. 5 Stanford in the 2014 Rose Bowl Game.

2015 SEASON (JUNIOR): Named All-American by Sporting News (first team), USA TODAY (first team), Associated Press (second team), CBS Sports (second team), Football Writers Association of America (second team), Walter Camp Football Foundation (second team), Phil Steele (third team) and SI.com (honorable mention) . . . became the first Spartan offensive tackle to be named a first-team All-American since Flozell Adams in 1997 . . . first-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media; was MSU’s first All-Big Ten First Team offensive tackle since Sean Poole in 2004 . . . also named first-team All-Big Ten by The Associated Press, Athlon Sports, BTN.com, ESPN.com and Phil Steele . . . played in 12 games (missed Purdue and Rutgers games with a leg injury) . . . had 65.5 knockdowns during the regular season . . . graded out as a winner in eight of his 10 regular-season games . . . helped anchor a Spartan offensive line that rushed for 174 yards on No. 4 Iowa – the nation’s sixth-ranked rushing defense – in the Big Ten Championship Game . . . was named Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week a team-best four times (Western Michigan, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio State) . . . had 8.5 knockdowns vs. Penn State as the Nittany Lions were held without a sack for the first time all season . . . named Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week vs. No. 2 Ohio State as the Spartans rushed for 203 yards and ended the Buckeyes’ 23-game winning streak; graded out a winner and had 1.5 knockdowns against OSU . . . selected fourth game captain for Maryland game and had five knockdowns against the Terrapins . . . delivered a winning grade at Nebraska and tallied nine knockdowns, including four dominators . . . named Spartan Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week after posting a winning grade and compiling eight knockdowns vs. Indiana . . . after missing two games, returned to action at Michigan in Week 7 and was named the Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week after recording 7.5 knockdowns and registering a Big Ten Championship grade . . . did not play against Purdue (Week 5) and Rutgers (Week 6) due to a leg injury . . . saw his streak of 27 consecutive starts at left tackle end in Week 5 as he missed the Purdue game due to a leg injury . . . limited to 23 snaps against Central Michigan and was forced to leave midway through the game with a leg injury . . . led team with 7.5 knockdowns vs. Air Force and graded at a winning level against the Falcons . . . led team with 9.5 knockdowns and posting a winning grade in the win over No. 7 Oregon . . . named MSU’s Offensive Lineman of the Week after grading out at a Big Ten Championship level and collecting six knockdowns in the win at Western Michigan . . . named the fourth game captain against the Broncos.

2014 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Second-team All-Big Ten selection (coaches and media) . . . first-team All-Big Ten pick by BTN.com and second-team pick by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele . . . named a fourth-team All-American by Athlon Sports . . . named to CollegeFootballNews.com All-Sophomore Team . . . led team with 113.5 knockdowns, including nine dominators, and played a team-high 959 snaps . . . only allowed 2.5 sacks all season . . . recipient of MSU's Outstanding Underclass Lineman Award (offense) for the second year in a row . . . helped limit Baylor All-America defensive Shawn Oakman to just three tackles as MSU gained 238 rushing yards on the nation's No. 9 rushing defense in the win over the fourth-ranked Bears in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic . . . graded out the highest (83 percent) among Spartan offensive linemen during the regular season . . . named one of 10 semifinalists for the Burlsworth Trophy (awarded to former walk-on) . . . was selected Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week a team-high four times (vs. Rutgers, Purdue, Wyoming and Jacksonville State) during the regular season . . . had 9.5 knockdowns at Penn State, including two dominators . . . selected Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week vs. Rutgers after MSU scored 45 points and racked up 520 yards of total offense in the win over the Scarlet Knights . . . graded out the highest among Spartan offensive lineman (92 percent) vs. No. 14 Ohio State while being matched up for most of the game against Big Ten sack leader Joey Bosa; recorded 10.5 knockdowns and helped limit Bosa to just one tackle . . . led team with 15 knockdowns in the win over Michigan . . . led the Spartans with 10 knockdowns at Indiana as MSU rushed for 330 yards . . . named Spartan Offensive Player of the Week after producing a team-best 10 knockdowns at Purdue . . . named Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week after recording a career-best 15.5 knockdowns vs. Wyoming as MSU rushed for 338 yards and didn't allow a sack . . . posted the highest grade among Spartan offensive lineman at No. 3 Oregon; had five knockdowns, including two dominators, against the Ducks . . . named Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week after recording nine knockdowns, including two dominators, in the season opener vs. Jacksonville State, as MSU racked up 565 total yards.

2013 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Started 13 games (10 at left tackle; three at right tackle) and saw action in all 14 games in his first season . . . named first-team Freshman All-American by Sporting News, CollegeFootballNews.com and the Football Writers Association of America . . . named to ESPN.com Big Ten All-Freshman Team . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . recipient of MSU's Outstanding Underclass Lineman Award (offense) . . . was credited with 55 knockdowns during the regular season . . . recorded a team-high five knockdowns against Minnesota . . . had a season-high eight knockdowns against Illinois . . . collected six knockdowns at Nebraska . . . recorded six knockdowns vs. Purdue . . . had seven knockdowns against Indiana . . . started his first game at left tackle at Iowa . . . started at right tackle the first three games of the season (vs. Western Michigan, South Florida and Youngstown State) . . . also saw action at left tackle in the first four games . . . started in his collegiate debut vs. Western Michigan; played 74 snaps against the Broncos and recorded 5.5 knockdowns . . . was a preferred walk-on for the 2012 season and earned a scholarship in the spring of 2013.

2012 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. Eastern Michigan.

 

 

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