A walk-on from Plainwell was drafted 8th overall to the Tennessee Titans

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The first round of the NFL draft went down last night, and Michigan State tackle and walk-on from Plainwell, Jack Conklin was drafted 8th overall to the Tennessee Titans.  Conklin also becomes MSU’s highest-drafted selection since wide receiver Charles Rogers went at No. 2 overall to Detroit Lions.

According to Freep.com, Conklin told TitansOnline.com,

“Tennessee, going through this whole process, that was the team I wanted to be with.  For it happen the way it did, trading back from (No.) 1 to 15 and now up to 8th, it’s pretty crazy. And I couldn’t be happier.  Once I left there, I knew right then and there I wanted to be a Tennessee Titan. I was hoping. Luckily, it worked out the way it did. Ever since then, I’d set my heart on Tennessee.”  

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ESPN analyst Jon Gruden said he believes Conklin
“is the No. 1 offensive lineman, hands down, in this draft.  He’s gonna be an outstanding Tennessee Titan.  If you like nastiness and finishing and people who can thump you, you like Conklin.”
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