Michigan State T Jack Conklin Says Steelers Showed Interest In Him During Pre-Draft Process

While the Pittsburgh Steelers apparently didn’t bring Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin in for a pre-draft visit, they still had some contact with him over the course of the last few months.

During a Tuesday interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Conklin, who started 38 games during his college career, listed the Steelers as one of nine teams that he either worked out for, or had meetings with during the pre-draft process.

Conklin, who measured in at the 2016 NFL scouting Combine at 6056, 308-pounds, figures to be selected in the first two rounds of this year’s draft after starting the last three years at Michigan State. According to STATS, he gave up just two sacks last season and was penalized a total of three times.

Being as the Steelers are expected to go heavy on defensive players early in this year’s draft, it would be quite a surprise if they ultimately selected Conklin. Even so, the Steelers appear to have done their due diligence when it comes to the young offensive lineman just in case he falls to them in the second round.

So far this offseason, the Steelers signed veteran free agent Ryan Harris to a two-year contract and he is expected to compete against Alejandro Villanueva for the starting job on the left side now that last year’s starter Kelvin Beachum signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The loser of that battle is expected to be the team’s swing tackle during the 2016 season as Marcus Gilbert will start again on the right side.

The Steelers also still have former second round draft pick Mike Adams on their offseason roster being as the final year of his contract tolled due to him spending all of the 2015 season on the team’s Reserve/PUP list with a back injury.

  • vasteeler

    anyone heard anything on mike adams’ health/recovery?

  • Jon Crissinger

    The only first round tackles I would spend a pick on are Stanley and Tunsil and I don’t think either have a chance of being there.

  • Hypo Cycloid

    I see no need to draft Conklin. I like the kid. Just the needs this team has at the moment and near future don’t include tackles. This is like a luxury pick. Gilbert is doing great. AV did well and kept showing improvement and physically can improve even more. I expect that this will happen. AV will be the starting LT as Harris isn’t exactly solid. They can call it competition, but no doubt, AV will come out on top. Harris is a solid swing though and so the team has starters in place and depth in place there.

  • PaeperCup

    Conklin has been placed in the top 20 in a lot of mocks. He’s a solid prospect, would love him on the Steelers, but our needs are pretty pressing in other areas.

  • GSK

    The Steelers and other teams may see Conklin kicking into the Guard position.

  • H.K. northern cali

    First 3 picks on d please! Hell make that first 4!!

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    First of all, Conklin is not falling past the Colts if he even makes it that far) so we would have to spend two picks trading up to get a “possible” left tackle when we have gaping holes at CB and S.

    Having said that… If he is somehow still there at 1.25 I would love the pick. He’s going to be a great player at either OT or OG.

  • Runner1967

    He’ll be long gone. Like him a bunch but he simply won’t make to 25.

  • Runner1967

    I don’t. Conklin had his way with Deforest Buckner. Just because he doesn’t fit the LT mold doesn’t mean he can’t play. He most certainly can. He is nasty, physical and a very good technician. I see him as a very similar comp to Andrew Whitworth.

  • Runner1967

    Stanley? Ugh he got destroyed v Clemson pretty much the only decent pass rush he faced all season. To me he is Robinson from two drafts ago: has physical tools but he is raw as hell.

  • falconsaftey43

    He actually fits the LT mold to a tee from a measurables standpoint. 6’6″ 308 lbs 35″ arms 5.00 40 4.57 short shuttle those are all really good numbers. Not sure where the idea he wasnt athletic came from.

  • The Notorious TOM

    I think he’ll make it far past 25. He has a glut of better linemen in front of him.

  • The Notorious TOM

    I think Conk’s gonna be a guard and if that is the case case Indy should be thinking about Garnett or Whitehair way before him. I’d even look at Mcgovern and Westerman at OG before I went w/ Conk tbph with you..

    Ultra conceivable to me that he’ll be there for our second round pick.

  • falconsaftey43

    What makes you say that? He’s a nasty blocker with great measurables that performed very well at LT. I think he goes top 20 picks as a LT easy.

  • William Weaver

    I am a ND fan and even I wouldn’t take Stanley. Your right about him. He is not first round dominant. Too many pre snap penalties too.

  • The Notorious TOM

    He’s nasty and he’s big but his feet suck, he’s like Adams in that there’s a big disconnect from his top half to his bottom half. Just simply not quick enough to protect the edge on either side.

    He’s strong and he anchors well, his forte at MSU was his run-blocking. Flip him inside and cover up those doofy feet or you’re asking for trouble imo, he’s gonna get whooped out on an island against the kinda edge rushers that are swimming around in the NFL these days.

  • Ask Questions Later

    Bingo. Tunsil is the only one who has the feet right now to take on the mid to high tier EDGEers of the world. Stanley has the higher ceiling than anyone in the draft, but his issues will take time to develop; someone like Tampa that can afford, but Pittsburgh cannot.

  • Ask Questions Later

    You could even make the argument that Decker is better than him; possibly even Spriggs.

  • falconsaftey43

    I agree that he needs some work on his footwork, but I think its much more a technique problem than athletic ability. Adams feet are stuck in cement because he is a poor athlete, I think Conklin just plays over his feet with too much of a lean.

  • The Notorious TOM

    Idk man, Conk’s feet look pretty heavy/ploddy to me.

  • The Notorious TOM

    Spriggs, Stanley, Decker, and Hawkins all have the feet to be somebodies on the outside eventually I think.

  • The Notorious TOM

    I think both of them are better than him.

  • falconsaftey43

    I can respect that. I’m not pulling for hkm to be the pick or anything. I have him as the 4th OT. Tunsil, Decker, Stanley, Conklin, Spriggs.

  • The Notorious TOM

    Tunsil, Stanley, Decker, Spriggs, Dahl is about where I’m at right now. Conk’s floating around on my guard list haha

  • Big White

    Not happening. zero, nada, whatever. Two or now Three draft geeks who still have their pimples and screechy voice hired from various news media & blogs throw this out there and………

    LET ME SPELL THIS OUT. THE STEELERS ARE NOT TAKING AN OFFENSIVE PLAYER…….MAYBE AT ALL!

    For the love of god, the Steelers with Ben last year would have probably challenged every frickin’ offensive stat available.They add a badass TE to stretch the field and improve internally.

    For you normal idiots, be prepared to see your first offensive player round 7. Thank you.

  • The Notorious TOM

    I’ll miss you when your head explodes upon them taking Paxton :'(

    You were a good’n.

  • Shane Mitchell

    And with the 25th pick in the draft the Pittsburgh Steelers select Laquon Treadwell WR, later at the press conference Colbert will explain that they never expected him to be available to them at pick 25 and they had a top ten grade on him.

  • Ask Questions Later

    Somebodies, but not as special as Tunsil.

  • The Notorious TOM

    Nah, Tunsil’s the jewel but there are solid starters in this draft for sure.

  • Ask Questions Later

    True. Conklin could be a force at Guard… but not at tackle.

    If anything, he is this years version of Brandon Scherff.