Titans to visit with Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin

Titans to visit with Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin

The Tennessee Titans continue to evaluate players at the offensive tackle position leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft.

Per a league source, the Titans are expected to visit soon with Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin.

Conklin is one of a handful of offensive tackles who are expected to go perhaps in the first round of the draft. The Titans have already spent time with Ole Miss’ Laremy Tunsil, a potential match for them with the No. 1 overall pick, and Notre Dame’s Ronnie Stanley, who is also projected to likely go in the first half of the first round.

Conklin is entering the draft after his junior season after being lightly recruited out of high school and coming to Michigan State as a redshirt walk-on four years ago before earning a scholarship. With a mid to late first-round grade by most draft prognosticators, Conklin could become the first Spartans offensive lineman to be drafted in the first round since Tony Mandarich 27 years ago.

Conklin played left tackle for the Spartans and was an All-Big Ten selection last year, as well as being named an All-American.

The Titans are still looking for help to solidify their offensive line, especially at the tackle position. They currently have Taylor Lewan on the left side and journeyman Byron Bell on the right. Lewan could remain at the left tackle spot, depending upon, who the Titans draft, or he could shift to the right side to make room for a first-round pick.

Bell, who came to the Titans from the Carolina Panthers as a free agent last year, re-signed a one-year deal and is likely is expected to provide depth in 2016 at both the tackle and guard positions. He split most of his season between right tackle and left guard in 2015.

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