Former Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin is preparing for the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis next week and expects to run the 40-yard dash in the high 4.9s, according to a report from Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports.
That’s quite the goal for Conklin, who stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 315 pounds. Adding to his potential success is that he walked on in East Lansing, having originally been a basketball player in high school.
But considering how Conklin was an anchor on the Spartans’ offensive line, particularly in last season’s game against Ohio State when he held Buckeyes star pass-rusher Joey Bosa to just one tackle, running the 40 that quickly is definitely a possibility even if Conklin is a bigger guy.
On top of that, how quickly we forget that offensive lineman being that quick is not entirely unheard of. Back in 2013, a little-known 6-foot-5, 305 pound tackle out of Arkansas-Pine Bluff who also ran track and field opened eyes when he ran the 40 in 4.71 seconds. That young man was Terron Armstead, who went on to be picked in the third round by the New Orleans Saints and was a Pro bowl alternate this past season.
That all being said, though Conklin doesn’t have Armstead’s track background, him running the 40 in the high 4.9s is easily realistic. Be sure to stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates from his path to the NFL!