Tennessee Titans trade up to No. 8 and pick Jack Conklin
No, the Titans didn’t trade up to pick Laremy Tunsil.
They took Jack Conklin instead.
The B1G’s third player off the board went No. 8 overall. The former Michigan State star was the second offensive tackle picked after Ronnie Stanley. He became the first top-10 player in the Mark Dantonio era and the third straight first-round pick for the Spartans.
Conklin was dubbed the “safest” pick in the draft by both Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay.
The former walk-on earned plenty of supporters during his time in East Lansing. He earned All-America honors as a junior after helping Michigan State to its first ever College Football Playoff berth. The three-year starter recorded 235 knockdowns and was at the center of MSU’s most successful three-year stretch in program history.
Conklin’s first-round selection marked the third straight year in which the B1G had an offensive tackle selected in the top 15 picks. It also marked the seventh consecutive year in which a B1G offensive lineman was picked in the first round.
All signs point to Conklin being a Day-1 starter in the NFL at either left or right tackle. Though he started all but three games on the left side, Conklin’s versatility made him attractive early selection.
He’ll match up with former Michigan first-round pick Taylor Lewan, who is the team’s anchor at left tackle.
Conklin said he's OK bookending an OL with a Michigan guy (Taylor Lewan) but they'll have a friendly rivalry on Saturdays.
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) April 29, 2016
Conklin was the first of possibly five Michigan State players to go off the board in the first three rounds. Connor Cook, Shilique Calhoun, Jack Allen, Aaron Burbridge could all be scooped up by the end of Day 2.
For the rest of the night, all Spartan eyes will be on Cook.