Oh, hey, we’ve finally found another player who’s actually been invited to the NFL Draft Green Room — Michigan State offensive lineman Jack Conklin. And you Spartans fans might get some green overload if his girlfriend, MSU soccer player Caitlyn Riley, made it out to Chicago.
Conklin is a projected first-round pick — ESPN’s Mel Kiper has him going 10th and Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller has him going 15th.
Walter Football’s latest update on Conklin:
Conklin was solid at left tackle for the Spartans, but in speaking with NFL sources, they think he would be a better fit on the right side as a pro. They say you could get away with him at left tackle, but will ultimately want someone more athletic on the blind side. Some teams like Conklin, but there are sources at other teams who are really down on Conklin and think he’s very overrated.
Conklin played well in 2015. He was generally reliable at protecting Connor Cook and opened holes in the ground game. Conklin had some problems with Maryland edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue for the second straight year. Conklin did well against Ohio State, but didn’t go against Joey Bosa on many plays.
Overrated? Looks like Conklin’s going to have to silence the doubters.
Some quick hits on Caitlyn:
- Senior at Michigan State majoring in Advertising
- Earned a soccer scholarship
- Volunteers as a rehab assistant