18. Indianapolis Colts- Jack Conklin, OL, Michigan State
The Indianapolis Colts need to force a lot of their offseason resources on fixing the offensive line. This group struggled in all facets of the game and played a major role in the injuries suffered by Andrew Luck. Adding a physical force like Michigan State’s Jack Conklin would be a major step in the right direction.
Conklin is a nasty player who loves to move defenders off the line of scrimmage. He uses a combination of strength, leverage and inside hands to consistently create running room. Conklin also does a good job protecting the quarterback.
He played left tackle at Michigan State, but I have questions about whether or not he has the foot speed to protect the end in the NFL. This isn’t a major issue for the Colts as they’re locked into a long-term deal with Anthony Castonzo.
Conklin is versatile enough to shift to right tackle or even bump inside to guard. In fact, I have Conklin rated much higher as a guard prospect than a tackle. Moving inside would help hide some of his issues in space and allow him to play to his strength—run blocking.
Either way, the Colts need to find a way to keep Luck health next year.