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As 49ers.com runs down the list of top prospects in the 2016 NFL Draft, we continue our "Meet the Prospect" series with an offensive lineman who is climbing up draft boards, Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin.The Basics
By now you've probably heard a lot about Notre Dame's Ronnie Stanley and Ole Miss' Laremy Tunsil. Those two tackles could very well be the first offensive linemen off the board in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft this Thursday. A late surge from Conklin, however, has made it a trio of tackles who could go in the top 10.
"Talk about a guy who's underrated. Jack Conklin played extremely well at left tackle. He did a great job against Ohio State," ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. said in a conference call last week. "He did a great job against DeForest Buckner when they played Oregon. He had a great combine. He showed that he's a great athlete with tremendous length. I don't see how Jack Conklin isn't a pick inside of No. 7, let alone at No. 7."
Conklin's three-year playing career at Michigan State was capped by First-Team All-American honors as a junior in 2015. The tackle made 38 career starts as a Spartan – 35 at left tackle and three at right tackle. If the 49ers take Conklin, he'll immediately join the competition to anchor the right side of the team's offensive line.Measurables
Arm length: 35 inches
Hand Size: 10 3/8 inchesNFL.com Pro Comparison
Former Philadelphia Eagles tackle Jon Runyan.Best College Game
Conklin created plenty of buzz for himself in Michigan State's 31-28 victory against Oregon last September. The tackle lined up against Oregon defensive end and fellow top-10 prospect Buckner. As Kiper mentioned above, Conklin did more than simply hold his own against possibly the best defensive lineman in this year's class. The Spartans ran for 197 total yards in the game and didn't allow a sack. You can watch Conklin's game tape against Oregon here, and judge for yourself.Combine Statistics
40-yard dash: 5.00 seconds
Bench Press: 25 reps
Broad jump: 103.0 inches
3 cone drill: 7.63 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.57 secondsMock Draft Connections
NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah – No. 10 overall pick (New York Giants)
NFL Media's Charles Davis – No. 15 overall pick (Tennessee Titans)
CBS Sports' Rob Rang – No. 8 overall pick (Cleveland Browns)What the Media is Saying…
"Well-built with excellent core strength and center of gravity to stay balanced through contact. Wide base with lower body power to control the point of attack. Strong upper body and hands to jolt and steer defenders as a run blocker." – CBS Sports' Dane Brugler
"Plays with good core strength and impressive power in his hands. When he latches into defenders framework, he makes it difficult for them to disengage. Works well with guards in combination blocks." – NFL.com's Lance ZierleinFun Fact
Conklin was originally a walk-on for the Spartans and didn't earn a scholarship until after his redshirt freshman year in 2012. He was also a three-sport athlete at Plainwell High School in Plainwell, Mich. In addition to football, Conklin also lettered in basketball and track.Must-see Video
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