Michigan State OT Jack Conklin
While no one is exactly sure who will be the starting QB for the Jets next season, the need to protect who it is will be there. Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin fills multiple needs for Gang Green.
Long time left tackle D’brickashaw Ferguson isn’t getting any younger (32), while right tackle Breno Giacomini (30) is no spring chicken himself. Conklin doesn’t necessarily have to start, but he has a chance to be an upgrade over Giacomini, and could switch to left tackle in time.
Conklin has showed durability, starting 26 games for the Spartans over the past two seasons. He’s successfully protected Connor Cook’s blindside and earned his scholarship after walking on at Michigan State.
From walk on, to starting left tackle at a major program suggests Conklin is a hard working, high character guy. Either that, or the recruiters of the world vastly underestimated his talent.
Conklin could fill multiple needs for a Jets offensive line that needs to get younger.