Jack Conklin A seed in Changing the Culture in Tennessee
Physical. Nasty. Imposing. Intelligent.
Jack Conklin possesses all the traits that are found in elite offensive linemen. He put those tools on display this past season. Conklin set the bar high during his rookie campaign and looks to build on that solid foundation moving forward.
Standing 6’6” and weighing in at 308, Conklin has the size to rule the right side of the offensive line. Questions about his athletic ability arose prior to the draft. He may not be the most agile or nimble-footed athlete on the offensive line. That’s ok. Conklin makes up for that with the physicality and nastiness he brings to the table.
“I pride myself on my physicality.” – Jack Conklin
Conklin’s character and demeanor had a profound influence on the Offensive Line success this past season. His personality balanced that of Taylor Lewan. His ruggedness imitated Ben Jones. He relentless motivation to be successful and prove doubters wrong mirrored Quinton Spain. Conklin’s influenced and was influenced by his brothers on the offensive front.
Success is a Journey
What will elevate Conklin to the next level is the chip on his shoulder. He wants it more than the next guy, primarily because he knows he had to work that much harder to get where he is.
Conklin’s storied path to the NFL is known among Titan fan circles. Small town product of Plainwell, Michigan. Walked on and earned scholarship to Michigan State. 1st round selection – 8th overall – in the 2016 draft. Pro Bowl Alternate for his rookie season. It is an admirable journey – and the hard-work, discipline, and character paid off.
But Conklin will not stop working. In fact, he will work even harder to surpass the bar he set for his rookie year.
You Wouldn’t Like Him When He’s Angry
Beneath Conklin’s soft-spoken personality lives a mauler. Almost Bruce Banner-esque – well, except for the fact that he walks around already in the physical form of the Hulk. Behind the smile is bruiser.
A man who takes joy in ripping the hearts out of defensive fronts. A football player who knows his primary job is to weaken the will of his opposition – block-by-block, play-by-play, until the clock shows 00:00.
“Honestly, It’s fun for me to put people on the ground. It takes the will out of guys. Once you do it a few times, it really makes your job easier.” – Conklin
Learning under legendary Offensive Line Coach Russ Grimm, Conklin is destined to get better. Former coaches and trainers noted how coachable Conklin is. He’s will to adjust his game that will not only make him better, but the team better as a whole.
“I’m going to put people on the ground the first play and I’m going to do it the same way on the last play.” – Conklin
I anticipate Conklin’s mean streak to continue. Heading into year two, Conklin is focused on doing his job and will aim to avoid letting the name on the defender’s jersey intimidate him or affect his will.
This season, prepare to was Conklin #CONKSMASH Sunday after Sunday. I know I’m looking forward to it.
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