Michigan State's Conklin Aware he's Popular Pick in Mocks


CHICAGO —Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin has been a busy man.

He's made pre-draft visits, and he's been training. On Wednesday, Conklin stood on the grass here at Grant Park surrounded by youngsters at the NFL's Play60 event leading up to the NFL Draft.

But Conklin hasn't been too busy to realize he's been a popular pick for the Titans at No.15 in mock drafts. In fact, in a recent tour of mock drafts by Titans Online, Conklin was the pick at Tennessee in 14 of the 25.

"Yeah, I've seen it,'' Conklin said with a smile. "You try not to pay too much attention, but I've seen it and if I don't see it people say something to me about it. So I've heard quite a bit of that."

If that ends up happening, Conklin said he wouldn't be mad.

"I would love it,'' Conklin said. "The Titans are a team that's gotten to know me a little bit, and I've gotten to know them a little bit. And I really like everything about the Titans, and what they talk about and what they are trying to do there in Nashville. It's something I would love to be a part of.

"What they are trying to create there, it is similar to the program I am coming from at Michigan State -- a physical, blue-collar approach and attitude. You are going to remember you played us after the game. You are going to see Tennessee on the schedule and it's going to be like, "Oh, we have to go down there and play these guys.' That's the exact attitude that I have learned to play with and that is the exact attitude of a team I would love to play with."

Conklin, a 6-foot-5, 308-pounder, started 35 games at left tackle in three seasons at Michigan State, and three games at right tackle.

He's projected by many draft analysts as a right tackle in the NFL.

Conklin's draft stock appears to be going up. He's now mentioned in the same conversation with tackles Laremy Tunsil and Ronnie Stanley, leaving some doubt about whether he'll be around at 15. The Titans, of course, have extra picks in this year's draft as a result of this month's trade with the Rams, so they have flexibility.

Conklin said he's anxious to see where he'll end up.

"It would be awesome to play with the Titans, but we'll see what happens,'' Conklin said. "I will say with them, what's so nice is their offense is similar to what I ran in college. I think I'd fit in well. What they are trying to do at Tennessee, they're really trying to create that hard-nosed, physical team and the coaches, from what I have taken, are very dedicated to doing that.

"It is going to be exciting. Either way, no matter where I go in this draft, I am going to be somebody's first choice and I am going to go into that organization and earn my way."

NFL Draft prospects take part in an NFL Play 60 event at Grant Park in Chicago before the start of the draft on Thursday. (AP Photos)

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