The Tennessee Titans needed an offensive tackle and they got their man in former Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin following a trade with the Cleveland Browns that allowed the Titans to move up from No.15 to No.8 to select the former Spartans star,
Conklin spoke with members of the Nashville media via conference call shortly after his selection by the Titans and said he felt the Titans wanted him following his visit to Nashville.
"I did, you know, ever since I went and took a visit down to Tennessee, I just fell in love with the program and everything that they are trying to build there and and I had a sense after I left that was going to be the organization that I end up with," said Conklin.
Conklin was asked about the Titans making the move up to No.6 for the right to select him, something that seemed to inspire him.
"Yeah, I was watching the picks and when I watched them drop to 15, but then once I heard the trade go through I was excited because I just knew I they were going to choose me,"
The Titans desperately need help on the offensive line and Hall of Fame offensive line coach Russ Grimm will now take over the coaching of Conklin. He was asked about his new coach and a discription of Conklin that made him sound like Grimm's son.
"I've been able to talk to Coach Grimm a couple times now and just going over the way he coaches the offensive line and how he sees the line, that's the exact type of line that I want to be a part of man," said Conklin. "I think Tennessee under his tutelage will be the place where I can excel the most and really just have the most fun playing football in Nashville."
A former walk-on at Michigan State, Conklin praised his family and Coach Mark Dantonio along with the players around him for helping him reach his first goal to be an All-American and now an NFL draft pick.
Conklin will make his first appearance at St. Thomas Sports Park on Friday when he will meet the local media for the first time.