Eagles Draft Michigan State’s Jack Conklin in Mel Kiper’s Mock Draft 2.0
As we enter the NFL Draft season, some experts expect the Philadelphia Eagles to shore up their offensive line. Even though the team extended Lane Johnson and Jason Peters is signed for three more seasons, in his 2.0 mock draft, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has the Eagles picking Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin with their first-round selection.
This past season, the 6-foot-6, 330-pound Spartan product graded out as PFF's third-best tackle in college football.
Philadelphia has a need at tackle, and Conklin has been a consistent performer over the past three seasons and will be ready to contribute as a rookie. Adding him could help secure the Eagles' immediate future at tackle with Lane Johnson signed for the long term.
Conklin, who left Michigan State following his junior year, was a three-year starter at left tackle, starting in 38 of his 39 career games.
At 6-foot-6 and 325 pounds, Conklin was described as a big, battle-tested blocker with top intangibles but athletic limitations could push him to the right side according to Draftcountdown.com
With veteran Jason Peters there has been some speculation the Eagles would move on from his $9.2 million cap hit, Philadelphia certainly could use more depth on the offensive line, and Conklin might project as a right tackle in the NFL.
"He played left tackle and can probably survive there, but eventually I think you'll want a better athlete," an NFL scout said. "I think he's a right tackle. Kind of a self-made guy who kind of grew into his body."