Football freep.com —  Fans should end up happy with Tennessee's move to pick the Michigan State tackle in the first round of the NFL draft.
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Football theonlycolors.com —  Conklin probably isn't going to enjoy as many wins with the Titans as he did with the Spartans. Since 2004, Tennessee has had just three winning seasons, two playoff berths and haven't won a postseason game since 2003. They've gone 18-46 since the 2010 season and are now on their fourth different head coach over that span.
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Football michiganstate.247sports.com —  The first night of the 2016 NFL Draft ended and Connor Cook was left waiting, despite some late first-round possibilities that could have led to his selection. The buzz of possibility began when the Denver Broncos traded up to the No. 26 pick. It was a quarterback for Denver, just not Cook as his wait continued. And when the San Francisco 49ers jumped to No. 28 over the Arizona Cardinals at No. 29, it gave another possibility that Cook would be selected. San Francisco went offensive lineman and Arizona went defensive lineman.
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Football msuspartans.com —  The distance between small-town Plainwell, Michigan, and “Draft Town” is easily covered with a quick drive down US 131 to Interstate 94 and then west for a couple hours. Thursday afternoon, however, former Michigan State All-America offensive tackle Jack Conklin couldn’t help but look back in disbelief on the improbable journey that has taken him as an unheralded prospect out of high school to opening night of the NFL Draft at Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theatre on S. Michigan Ave.
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Football freep.com —  Connor Cook waited and watched Thursday night from his home in Hinckley, Ohio. His dream of becoming a first-round pick didn’t come true. He’ll have to wait at least another day to hear his name in the NFL draft. And it could come quickly and from just a few miles away. The former Michigan State quarterback is one of the top names on the board when the second and third rounds begin at 7 p.m. tonight. His hometown Cleveland Browns are on the clock to start Round 2, and they could be looking for a young quarterback to build around.
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Football mlive.com —  The Tennessee Titans wanted Michigan State All-American Jack Conklin badly enough to trade up and get the No. 8 overall pick from Cleveland. "I think he's the No. 1 offensive lineman hands down in this draft," ESPN analyst Jon Gruden said. "This kid is nasty .... If you like people who can thump ya, you like Conklin. I love this pick."



2016 NFL Draft Update: Conklin Selected by Tennessee in First Round MSUSpartans.com
2015 First-Team All-American becomes Michigan State’s 36th all-time first-round selection, including its 25th since the inception of the common NFL Draft in 1967.

Jack Conklin fans in Plainwell celebrate 'one of our guys' being drafted by Titans MLive
Trent Monroe can barely remember the details of the first time he met Jack Conklin. But he will never forget the lasting impact Conklin had on his life and football career.

Jack Conklin 'an animal' who will help Titans offensive line, says ESPN analyst MLive
"This guy is a throwback, this guy is safe, this guy is an animal," said ESPN's Louis Riddick, the former director of pro personnel with the Philadelphia Eagles and director of pro personnel with the Washington Redskins

See what ESPN, NFL Network analysts say about MSU's Jack Conklin Detroit Free Press
Here's a sampling of how the football pundits on the two networks covering the NFL draft reacted to the Tennessee Titans picking Michigan State offensive lineman Jack Conklin with the eighth overall pick

New Tennessee Titan teammates Jack Conklin, Taylor Lewan leave rivalry behind MLive
Former Michigan State-Michigan rivals Jack Conklin and Taylor Lewan were quick to use social media to mend relations Thursday night, shortly after they became teammates when Conklin was selected No. 8 overall by the Tennessee Titans in the NFL draft. "We're both Titans now," Conklin said on the Tennessee media teleconference, according to the team's Twitter account. Discuss »
Football michiganstate.247sports.com —  There’s a pattern that looks like it is all but guaranteed to continue Thursday night. For the third straight year, Michigan State should have a first-round pick in the NFL Draft - a streak impressive in and of itself. But what is more impressive yet is that each player drafted among the first 32 players picked was that each was a largely off-the-radar - if not nearly completely unrecruited - player out of high school.
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Football detroitnews.com —  While they did not happen in East Lansing on Saturday, Michigan State’s spring game has now produced two commitments as the Spartans added Piqua (Ohio) linebacker Darien Tipps-Clemons and Copley (Ohio) running back Weston Bridges to their 2017 class after both players were offered while visiting last weekend.
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Football michiganstate.247sports.com —  The Spartans look primed to have their first offensive lineman drafted since Dantonio came to Michigan State from Cincinnati, first coaching in the 2007 season, as junior Jack Conklin is widely regarded as a lock to be picked in Chicago during the NFL Draft's first round.
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Football detroitsports1051.com —  Former MSU Defensive Lineman Lawrence Thomas joins Ryan and Rico LIVE in studio... He talks about his days at MSU, the NFL Draft, satellite camps, his teammates and more.
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Football isportsweb.com —  On today’s isportsMSU Red Cedar Report, isportsweb contributor Ryan McCumber joins Tyler Hayward to talk about the 17 Michigan State Spartans that will try to latch on to NFL teams this seasons. Are they being undervalued or overrated? Where will they get selected in the draft? Plus, what Spartans are likely to stick on a 53-man roster when the season rolls around? We also focus on the controversy surrounding Connor Cook and talk about all of the options for Jack Conklin, who will be MSU’s first offensive lineman taken in the first round since Tony Mandarich.


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Football mlive.com —  Former Michigan State and NFL linebacker Ike Reese says Connor Cook is the best quarterback available in the draft, and he'd take Cook over Kirk Cousins right now. Reese, who played for the Spartans from 1994-97, has his own talk show in Philadelphia. Earlier this week he appeared on Lansing's 92.1 FM, The Team, to talk Michigan State football.
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Football detroitnews.com —  The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder came back for his senior season despite a late first-round, early second-round grade last year, and has — along with Cook — been routinely praised by coach Mark Dantonio for being the keys to Michigan State’s run to the College Football Playoff. But despite a third straight year with All-American recognition and 10½ sacks, Calhoun has not risen in the projections and, in some cases, dropped. Few doubt his ability to rush the passer, but some question whether he is strong enough at the point of attack and can be effective defending the run.
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Football mlive.com —  MLive has assembled a database for Spartans fans to look back at the program's entire history related to the NFL draft. In 1967, the Spartans had four players drafted in the first round: DT Bubba Smith (No. 1 overall), RB Clint Jones (No. 2), LB George Webster (No. 5) and WR Gene Washington (No. 8).
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Football freep.com —  Cook is one of more than a dozen former Michigan State players who want to hear their names called during the three-day draft in Chicago. It starts with Thursday’s first round, continues with the second and third rounds on Friday and wraps up Saturday with Rounds 4 to 7.
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Football freep.com —  With a QB, a couple of offensive lineman, a defensive end and a wide receiver likely to be taken, do Spartans have enough to replace them all
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Football theonlycolors.com —  MSU received another three star recruit commitment via social media today as running back Weston Bridges from Akron, OH dropped the most intense commitment video of the 2017 draft class.
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Football freep.com —  Jack Conklin woke up Wednesday morning and joined 24 of the NFL draft's other top prospects for a question-and-answer session with commissioner Roger Goodell. When he finished that, he hopped a private bus over to Grant Park for a Play 60 event with local kids where he was paired in a group with the presumptive No. 2 pick in Thursday's first round, North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz. But as the walk-on-turned-all-Big-Ten left tackle looked around him Wednesday, the gravity of where he is and how far he's come still hadn't completely sunk in.
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Football freep.com —  Jack Allen arrived at Michigan State as a three-star offensive lineman looking for a chance. He leaves with an opportunity to become an NFL draft pick this week. More importantly for the Spartans, he brought with him a lineage that could join the Bulloughs, Ducketts and Thornhills among the most storied in program history. Allen’s brother, Brian, is expected to replace him at center as a true junior this fall. Their youngest sibling, Matt, will begin his college career this fall as part of MSU’s highest-rated recruiting class in Mark Dantonio’s 10 seasons in East Lansing.
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