Jack Conklin

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Jack Conklin
No. 78 – Tennessee Titans
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1994-08-17) August 17, 1994 (age 24)
Plainwell, Michigan
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:308 lb (140 kg)
Career information
High school:Plainwell (MI)
College:Michigan State
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Games played:41
Games started:41
Player stats at NFL.com

Jonathan Jackson Conklin[1] (born August 17, 1994) is an American football offensive tackle for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Michigan State University.

Early years[edit]

Conklin was born in Plainwell, Michigan on August 17, 1994 to Darren Conklin and Jennifer Jackson. He attended Plainwell High School in Plainwell, where he played football under his father who was the head coach.[2] He also played basketball in high school.

College career[edit]

Conklin joined the Michigan State University football team as a walk-on player.[3][4] After redshirting his first year, Conklin started 13 of 14 games at either right or left offensive tackle his redshirt freshman year in 2013. As a sophomore, he started all 13 games at left tackle.[5] Conklin was selected as a 2015 First-Team All-American (Sporting News, USA Today) as well as the 2015 First-Team All-Big Ten (coaches, media).[6] During his career with the Spartans, Conklin started in 38 of his 39 career games (35 at left tackle, three at right tackle).[6] On January 6, 2016, Conklin announced he would forgo his senior season and declare for the 2016 NFL Draft.[7]

Professional career[edit]

Conklin was projected to be a top ten pick going into the 2016 NFL Draft by NFL draft experts and scouts after he had a successful junior year where he only gave up two sacks and was penalized thrice. Conklin attended private workout of pre-draft visits with multiple teams, including the Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers during his pre-draft process.[8]

External video
Jack Conklin's NFL Combine Workout
Jack Conklin runs the 40-yard dash

At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Conklin was projected to be a first round pick and was expected to among the first 15 players selected by NFL draft experts and scouts.[9] He was ranked as the third best offensive tackle prospect in the draft by DraftScout.com, NFL analyst Mike Mayock, and ESPN analyst Jeff Legwold.[10][11] He was ranked the fourth best offensive tackle by Sports Illustrated.[12]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 6 in
(1.98 m)
308 lb
(140 kg)
35 in
(0.89 m)
10 18 in
(0.26 m)
5.00 s 1.25 s 2.50 s 4.57 s 7.63 s 8 ft 7 in
(2.62 m)
25 reps
All values from NFL Combine,[13]

The Tennessee Titans selected Conklin in the first round (8th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.[14] The Tennessee Titans traded their first (15th overall) and third round (76th overall) picks in the 2016 NFL Draft to the Cleveland Browns in order to receive the eighth overall pick, as well as a sixth round pick (176th overall), to draft Conklin. Conklin was the second offensive tackle drafted after the unexpected draft fall of top ranked offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil.[15]

External video
Titans draft Jack Conklin 8th overall
First Draft: Jack Conklin

2016 season: Rookie year[edit]

On May 26, 2016, Conklin signed a four-year, $15.89 million rookie contract with $15.44 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $9.76 million.[16]

Conklin entered training camp slated as the starting right tackle, replacing Byron Bell. Head coach Mike Mularkey named Conklin the starting right tackle to begin the regular season. Conklin joined starting left tackle Taylor Lewan, offensive guards Quinton Spain and Chance Warmack, and center Ben Jones.[17]

He made his professional regular season debut and first NFL start in the Titans' season-opening 25–16 loss against the Minnesota Vikings. On December 21, 2016, it was announced that Conklin was selected as an alternate for the 2017 Pro Bowl.[18] He started in all 16 games during his rookie season in 2016 and was named First-team All-Pro.[19] Conklin received an overall grade of 88.9 from Pro Football Focus. His grade was the fifth highest among all offensive linemen in 2016 and was the highest overall grade among all rookie offensive linemen.[20] The Tennessee Titans' offensive line was ranked as the top offensive line in the league in 2016 by Pro Football Focus.[21]

2017 season[edit]

Mularkey retained Conklin and Taylor Lewan as the starting offensive tackles in 2017. Conklin started all 16 games at right tackle in 2017 and received an overall grade of 81.8 from Pro Football Focus.[22] His grade ranked 12th among all offensive tackles in 2017.[23] The Tennessee Titans finished second in the AFC South with a 9–7 record in 2017 and earned a playoff berth for the first time since 2008. On January 6, 2018, Conklin started in his first career playoff game as the Titans defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 22–21 in the AFC Wildcard Game. On January 13, 2018, Conklin tore his ACL during a 35–14 loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Divisional Round.[24]

2018 season[edit]

On January 15, 2018, the Tennessee Titans announced their decision to fire Mularkey.[25] On January 20, 2018, the Tennessee Titans announced their decision to hire Houston Texans' defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel as their new head coach.[26] On January 26, 2018, it was reported that Conklin's surgery to repair his torn ACL had successfully been completed.[27] Offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur retained the starting offensive line, that also included starting left tackle Taylor Lewan, offensive guards Quinton Spain and Josh Kline, and center Ben Jones.[28] Conklin missed the first three games of the season in order to recover from his ACL injury.

Conklin suffered an injury on November 5, 2018, during a 28-14 Week 9 victory against the Dallas Cowboys. He soon entered concussion protocol.[29] Conklin would not play the next week against the New England Patriots. However, he did return for the Week 11 game against the Indianapolis Colts.[30] He then suffered a knee injury during Week 14 against the Jacksonville Jaguars and was placed on injured reserve five days later.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Conklin resides with his wife Caitlyn Riley and his daughter Riley Caroline Conklin.[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Player Profile - Rostermon". Rostermon. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  2. ^ "Son of Michigan man a star on Michigan State's line". USA TODAY. October 24, 2014.
  3. ^ "Michigan State's Jack Conklin making everyone take notice - Big Ten Blog- ESPN". ESPN.com.
  4. ^ "MSU's Jack Conklin was overlooked as a recruit, but not anymore". Detroit Free Press. October 23, 2014.
  5. ^ "The top 50 Big Ten football players for 2015: No. 3, Jack Conklin, Michigan State offensive tackle". cleveland.com.
  6. ^ a b "Jack Conklin Bio - Michigan State Official Athletic Site".
  7. ^ "Conklin Forgoes his Senior Season; Enters 2016 NFL Draft". www.msuspartans.com. January 6, 2016. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  8. ^ Dave Bryan (April 19, 2016). "Michigan State T Jack Conklin says Steelers showed interest in him during the Pre-draft process". steelersdepot.com. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  9. ^ "*Jack Conklin, DS #3 OT, Michigan State". DraftScout.com. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  10. ^ Legwold, Jeff (April 25, 2016). "Ranking the draft's top 100 players". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  11. ^ Mayock, Mike (April 27, 2016). "Mike Mayock's 2016 NFL Draft position rankings 5.0". NFL.com. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  12. ^ "2016 NFL Draft Position Rankings". si.com. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  13. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - Jack Conklin". National Football League.
  14. ^ "NFL draft: Results, analysis for every Round 1 pick". ESPN.com. April 29, 2016. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  15. ^ Sharp, Katie (April 28, 2016). "Jack Conklin drafted by Titans at No. 8 after trade up". SBNation.com. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  16. ^ "Sportrac.com: Jack Conklin contract". Sportrac.com. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  17. ^ "Titans Release First 2016 Depth Chart". musiccitymiracles.com. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  18. ^ "Michigan State Football: Jack Conklin makes Pro Bowl as alternate". foxsports.com. December 21, 2016. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  19. ^ "Three rookies, Matt Ryan among players named to All-Pro team". NFL.com. January 6, 2017.
  20. ^ "Ronnie Stanley was third best rookie OT in NFL in 2016 per PFF". cbssports.com. February 20, 2017. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  21. ^ "Jack Conklin and Taylor Lewan lead way as Titans' line ranked best in NFL". MLive.com. January 12, 2017. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  22. ^ Madson, Kyle (March 12, 2018). "Titans had top-5 offensive line in 2017 per Pro Football Focus". titanswire.usatoday.com. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  23. ^ "Titans' Jack Conklin still recovering from ACL injury". yardbarker.com. May 28, 2018. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  24. ^ Wyatt, Jim (January 14, 2018). "Titans RT Jack Conklin Suffers Torn ACL, Needs Surgery". TitansOnline.com.
  25. ^ "Tennessee Titans fire coach Mike Mularkey". OregonLive.com. January 15, 2018. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  26. ^ "Titans hire Mike Vrabel as new coach after quick search". usatoday.com. January 20, 2018. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  27. ^ "Jack Conklin has successful surgery to repair torn ACL". 247sports.com. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  28. ^ Cotton, Dan (September 8, 2018). "Titans release depth chart for Week 1". 247sports.com. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  29. ^ Bacharach, Erik (November 6, 2018). "Titans' Jack Conklin in concussion protocol; Taywan Taylor, Tajae Sharpe also hurt". Tennessean.com. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  30. ^ Bacharach, Erik (November 16, 2018). "Titans' Jack Conklin poised to return vs. Colts; Tajae Sharpe, Taywan Taylor questionable". Tennessean.com. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  31. ^ Wyatt, Jim (December 11, 2018). "Titans Place TE Jonnu Smith, RT Jack Conklin on Injured Reserve; Team Adds TE Wick, OL Pasztor to 53-Man Roster". TitansOnline.com.
  32. ^ "Titans linemen Jack Conklin, Taylor Lewan protect baby daughters, Marcus Mariota".

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