Former Ohio State stars Joey Bosa and Ezekiel Elliott have gotten a ton of love as NFL rookies, and rightfully so.
But Pro Football Focus says ex-Michigan State OT Jack Conklin has actually had the best season of the 31 rookies taken in the first round in 2016.
In its grades released earlier this week, PFF gave Conklin a grade of 89.2, higher than Bosa’s 88.8 and Elliott’s 86.3. Here’s what PFF wrote:
One of the surprises of the season, Jack Conklin has been excellent for the Titans. Tennessee certainly gives him (and LT Taylor Lewan) more help than many offensive tackles receive, minimizing the snaps they spend isolated on an island against elite pass-rushers, but that results in the two doing what they do best: dominating on the ground with power. Conklin has surrendered only two sacks all season and been penalized only twice.
The Titans took Conklin eighth overall in 2016. He walked on at Michigan State in 2012 and became an All-American by his junior season in 2015. He started in 38 of 39 games in three seasons at East Lansing.
Bosa and Elliott, taken third overall by San Diego and fourth by Dallas, respectively, did finish 2-3 in the rankings, giving the Big Ten the top 3 first-round grades.