Former Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin was the No.8 overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans.

Former Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin added his name to the growing list of former Spartans to have played for Mark Dantonio selected in the first round of the NFL Draft when the Tennessee Titans used the 8th overall pick on the former Spartan.

The dream continues for former Michigan State Spartans left tackle Jack Conklin as the former under recruited prospect was selected in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft held in Chicago on Thursday night.

Conklin, who earned All-American honors during his Spartan career, joins former Spartans Darqueze Dennard (No. 24 overall by Cincinnati 2014) and Trae Waynes (No. 11 overall by Minnesota 2015) as first-round selections who played for Mark Dantonio and the highest selection drafted under Dantonio.

“Jack Conklin is a gifted athlete, who embodies all of the qualities of the ideal left tackle,” Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said. “He’s big, strong, quick and athletic. A two-time All-Big Ten selection, Jack became a dominant left tackle. He’s an excellent pass-blocker, but he’s also extremely physical in the run game. He's an intelligent player, who runs extremely well for his size. Jack was an impact player in our starting lineup for the last three years, and his toughness permeated the entire offensive line. 

“There's no doubt that he'll be an outstanding tackle at the next level. He's well prepared to transition into the next chapter of his life, and we wish him nothing but the best as he chases his dream of playing in the NFL. He's not only been a major contributor over the last three seasons, but he's also been a tremendous ambassador for our football program.”

The Jack Conklin story will be one that goes down in Spartan lore as the Plainwell, Michigan native saw little interest from college programs until the Spartans came in late keeping him from going to prep school.

“Jack Conklin is a hardworking, tough, dedicated player,” MSU offensive line coach Mark Staten said. “There’s nothing that ‘Jack-John’ won’t accomplish when he puts his mind to it. I remember the spring of his red-shirt freshman year when he put on his O-line goal sheet that he wanted to be a first-team Freshman All-American and he hadn’t even secured a starting position yet.Three years later, he added first-team All-America honors to his resume, and now, we can call him a first-rounder.”

Here is a look at the list of former Spartans also taken in the first round.

Spartan First Round NFL Draft Picks (36)
1936 – Sid Wagner, G, Detroit 
1938 – John Pingel, B, Detroit 
1950 – Lynn Chandnois, B, Pittsburgh
1952 – Bob Carey, E, LA Rams
1956 – Earl Morrall, QB, San Francisco
1957 – Clarence Peaks, B, Philadelphia
1958 – Dan Currie, C, Green Bay
1958 – Walt Kowalczyk, B, Philadelphia
1961 – Herb Adderley, B, Green Bay
1963 – Dave Behrman, C, Chicago
1963 – Ed Budde, T, Philadelphia
1967 – Bubba Smith (No. 1 overall), DE, Baltimore
1967 – Clinton Jones (No. 2 overall), HB, Minnesota
1967 – George Webster (No. 5 overall), LB, Houston
1967 – Gene Washington (No. 8 overall), WR, Minnesota
1973 – Billy Joe DuPree (No. 20 overall), TE, Dallas
1973 – Joe DeLamielluere (No. 26 overall), OG, Buffalo
1977 – Mike Cobb (No. 22 overall), TE, Cincinnati
1978 – Larry Bethea (No. 28 overall), DE, Dallas
1984 – Carl Banks (No. 3 overall), LB, NY Giants
1986 – Anthony Bell (No. 5 overall), LB, St. Louis
1987 – Mark Ingram (No. 28 overall), WR, NY Giants
1988 – Lorenzo White (No. 22 overall), RB, Houston
1989 – Tony Mandarich (No. 2 overall), T, Green Bay
1989 – Andre Rison (No. 22 overall), WR, Indianapolis
1990 – Percy Snow (No. 13 overall), LB, Kansas City
1991 – Bobby Wilson (No. 17 overall), DT, Washington
1994 – Rob Frederickson (No. 22 overall), LB, LA Raiders
1999 – Dimitrius Underwood (No. 29 overall), DE, Minnesota
2000 – 
Plaxico Burress (No. 8 overall), WR, Pittsburgh
2000 – 
Julian Peterson (No. 16 overall), DE, San Francisco
2002 – 
T.J. Duckett (No. 18 overall), RB, Atlanta
2003 – 
Charles Rogers (No. 2 overall), WR, Detroit
2014 – 
Darqueze Dennard (No. 24 overall), CB, Cincinnati
2015 – 
Trae Waynes (No. 11 overall), CB, Minnesota

2016 – Jack Conklin (No. 8 overall), OT, Tennessee

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