Jack Conklin (T)
Jack Conklin falls into the same trap that Brandon Scherff does. Conklin’s current team, the Tennessee Titans, was the third-worst team this past season in giving up sacks. They registered 56 sacks against them for the year. A bit of a misleading stat for the Titans, however.
Former starting quarterback Marcus Mariota was on pace to be sacked a whopping 66 times had he played the full season. Ryan Tannehill would replace Mariota early in the season and would get sacked 31 times over the course of 12 games. Had Tannehill played the full season, he would have only been on pace to be sacked 45 times. A large discrepancy, obviously.
Conklin is a tremendous blocker in all facets of the game, but especially in the running game. With new coach Kevin Stefanski relying on a strong running game, any offensive lineman that can help him get yards on the ground will be pursued. Any lineman that can also keep Baker Mayfield off of his butt is will be worshipped. Conklin may not even hit free agency, as he’s become pretty entrenched with Tennessee but if he does then Conklin is the number one option for the Browns to go after.
He’s reliable, ferocious, and young at only 25. It’ll take a massive deal to sway Conklin, but he’s worth it. One of the big unanswered questions about him though is if he can play left tackle, as he’s been on the right side of the line for Tennessee. If he can, he’d be worth even more. It’s not a deal-breaker if he can’t, as the Browns need to shore up both tackle positions regardless.
Fans of the Browns should welcome Conklin the Conquerer to Cleveland.