PFF scouting report: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

Mike Renner and the PFF draft analysts breaks down MSU's Jack Conklin ahead of the 2016 NFL draft.

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(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

PFF scouting report: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

Here is the PFF draft profile for Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin, which incorporates PFF’s college grades and scouting intel from our team of analysts. To see all of PFF’s 2016 scouting reports, click here

Position rank: 3
Overall rank: Top 20

Position fit:

Left or right tackle, best-suited for a gap run scheme

Stats to know:

In the top three among offensive tackles each of the last two seasons. Performance versus Iowa was highest-graded game for any tackle this season.

What he does best:

• An absolute mauler in the run game. Will take defensive ends up to the second level routinely on down blocks
• Deadening initial punch in pass protection. Edge rushers will stop in their tracks if Conklin lands the first punch
• Great body control for a large man. Upper and lower body play in unison
• Almost never beaten with a bull rush. Extremely strong anchor

Biggest concern:

• Plodding feet still cost him at times. Still susceptible to inside counters
• Slow getting up to second level at times
• Average ability to locate on the move

Bottom line:

Conklin may not always look the part, but he gets the job done as well as any tackle in this class. He’s a guy that will move the line of scrimmage in the run game and has few enough deficiencies in pass protection to be a quality NFL left tackle.



  • Tim Edell

    Even though I think Conklin can play LT in the NFL I see him at least initially starting out on the right side.

    • John

      So he can ease into the NFL by facing Von Miller, JJ Watt, Justin Houston, Cameron Wake, Khalil Mack, etc?

      • Tim Edell

        Will usually get more help from the TE lined up on the right side Junior!!

  • Mike J.

    I have seen statements from NFL people praising Conklin’s toughness, which is a rare compliment nowadays.

  • Dan Y

    I would love to see him in Silver and Black. Re-sign Penn for a few years, have Conklin on the right side for a few years and switch over the left side to pair with Gabe Jackson.

  • Anthony

    Watching this man on tape is fantastic. He may be my favorite player in the draft.


    going to be a lion staying at home.