Tyler Conklin Draft Profile

Tyler Conklin draft profile

Strengths:

  • Former college basketball player with a feel for body positioning
  • Able to make contested catches over the middle
  • Has talent and toughness to become a quality run blocker
  • Works well with his hands as run blocker
  • Patient and effective with his combo blocks
  • Uses smart changes of route speeds
  • 2016 tape shows soft hands
  • His 2016 tape shows good acceleration into turns with ability to gain space vs coverage
  • Fought back from severe foot injury in camp to make it back on field

Analysis: Tyler Conklin requires tape study from both 2016 and 2017 as his preseason foot injury appeared to create some limitations for him athletically. He’s a capable receiver, but he isn’t going to make a living as a pass-catching tight end. Conklin shows the aptitude and attitude to handle blocking duties inline or as a move tight end, but his draft stock could depend on his medicals. As a former basketball star, Conklin understands body positioning and putting himself in the best area to come down with the catch. His route running looked more polished in 2016, as he showed changes in route speeds to throw his defender off, creating separation. As a blocker, Conklin is more than capable using his hands effectively. He is a great partner to offensive tackles when asked to combo block, working his way up to the second level without hesitation and solid angles. His toughness is evident, coming back from a bad foot injury to see the field in 2017.

Weaknesses:

  • Suffered a “Jones fracture” to his foot that cost him first five games of the year
  • Never looked like he regained quickness or lateral agility of 2016
  • Lacks burst into routes
  • Ball skills were inconsistent
  • Has average play speed even when healthy
  • Needs to add more muscle to his frame to handle expected blocking duties
  • Separation issues

Analysis: Tyler Conklin will need to show scouts and NFL medical staffs that he is fully recovered from his foot injury that derailed him much of the season. Even before his injury he wasn’t considered a gifted athlete for the tight end position. His 2017 tape was bad in part because of the injury, but will his lateral agility and quickness ever come back to what it was? That is the question scouts are asking. He does have solid hands, but when asked to fight for 50-50 balls or high-point balls in the air, he was inconsistent doing so. His 2017 tape was filled with separation issues, something that wasn’t there in 2016. Could add more muscle to make a bigger impact in the blocking game.

What the scouts say: “You have to watch him in 2016 to see how good his hands are. He had some crazy catches on his hype reel. I’m going to grade him off of 2016 instead of 2017 because that foot injury obviously slowed him up.” — NFC team regional scout

Size: 6’1 254lbs

Draft Grade: 6th Round

NFL Comparison: Jeff Heuerman

Draft Projection: Round 5-6

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