Michigan State OL Jack Conklin Entering NFL Draft

Michigan State offensive lineman Jack Conklin announced Wednesday that will enter the NFL Draft and forgo his senior year. Conklin was a three-year starter for the Spartans and an All-American this season. 

“The decision to forgo my final year was a very difficult decision,” Conklin said in a statement. “I took time to talk to my family and the coaches to find out what the best decision would be for me. Ultimately, my family and I felt it was time to take the next step and start training for the NFL. I’m excited about it."

Conklin should be a first round pick and can play offensive tackle at the next level. 

“Jack Conklin is a gifted athlete, who embodies all of the qualities of the ideal left tackle,” Michigan State head coach 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. 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. 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.”

Conklin likely won't be a top 10 pick, but could in the late teens or early 20s. Several teams picking in that range need offensive line help. Conklin could start right away next year. 

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