5. Jack Conklin, Right tackle
The fact that Jack Conklin isn’t already in the Tennessee Titans long term plans shows you just how good the tackle talent has been for the franchise.
Despite his current reputation, Conklin is one of the most promising, young offensive tackles in the NFL right now. Let me prepare a blind resume for him:
-24 year old right tackle with three years of experience.
-Only allowed 8 sacks in over 2,550 snaps.
If that guy hits the open market there is going to be a crowd ready to throw money at him. Now, some people may want to list his 2018 performance against him and talk about his one injury, but how big of a deal is that?
Nearly every player struggles the first year back after an ACL injury, so when he was hurt in the playoffs and rushed back we all knew that was going to be a questionable decision at best.
Now, with more than a full year removed from his ACL injury he should be ready to get back to his potential.
Also for the first time in his career he won’t be asked to learn a new system. That may not sound like a big deal, but in 2015 he was starting for Michigan State at left tackle, then in 2016 he started for the Tennessee Titans at right tackle in a power-scheme, then in 2017 he started in the same system and was hurt, before finally being rushed back and taught a new zone blocking system as quickly as he could without any practice reps in the preseason or in camp.
That is a roller coaster, but if he can get back to where he was in 2016 or 2017 then a Pro Bowl/All-Pro trip could be in his future. The only question would be, can an offensive lineman win CPoY?