If Not For A Couple of Cowboys, Jack Conklin Would Be Rookie of the Year Front Runner
Lineman don't get enough love, it's a sad but true element of football today. Consider this some much needed lineman love for a former Michigan State Spartan.
According to Pro Football Focus, Jack Conklin is the 4th best rookie in the NFL entering week 11. He is behind Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz in that order first to fourth.
While Conklin's rookie of the year candidacy will be a nomination at best given the fantastic play of the pair of Cowboy rookies, Conklin's spot is certainly deserved this season. He is the only right tackle with more than 150 passing snaps not to allow a sack this year. He has been responsible for only two QB hits as well.
By Pro Football Focus' metrics, Conklin is the "highest graded" right tackle in the NFL right now, and he's one of only three right tackles to start in every game and not allow a sack this season.
Conklin and the Titans sit at a 5-5 record in a very winnable AFC South division. Michigan State's highest draft pick since Charles Rogers in 2003 is making quite a name for himself on Sundays, quietly of course, as the best lineman are often wont to do.