This year’s offensive line class in the 2016 NFL Draft is a deep one, and Michigan State’s Jack Conklin could reap the benefits as a result. According to Draft Insider’s Tony Pauline, writing on the official website of the Philadelphia Eagles, Conklin could very well wind up being a Top 12 selection in April.
“Insiders believe there could be a run on offensive tackles early in the first round,” Pauline wrote, “with as many as three (Laremy Tunsil, Ronnie Stanley and Jack Conklin) ending up as top 12 picks. There are a few reasons for this: A. Offensive tackle is a priority position come draft day. B. There were no top-tier tackles available in free agency. Right now, it looks as though a half-dozen offensive tackles are going to be first-round choices.”
It’s hard to argue with Pauline, as Conklin is indeed one of the top tackles in this year’s draft class. He has the size at 6-foot-6, 325 pounds and also proved to be highly durable, always important for an offensive line prospect.
But to say that Jack Conklin will be a Top 12 pick seems like a reach, even though it could easily happen. Mock drafts on NFL.com currently have Conklin going anywhere from 13th overall to as low as 18th. Being picked in the top 12 is certainly a realistic possibility, but to say that a “run on tackles” will take place seems a bit extreme.
Stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates from Conklin’s path to the NFL.