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2018 NFL Draft: Vikings Select TE Tyler Conklin

The Central Michigan alum was a third-team All-MAC selection in 2017

With their second day-three draft selection, the Minnesota Vikings selected Central Michigan tight end Tyler Conklin with the 157th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Conklin caught 34 passes for 504 yards and five touchdowns in 2017. As a junior in 2016, Conklin put up 42 receptions for 560 yards and six touchdowns.

Pro Football Focus ranked Conklin as the sixth-best tight end in the 2018 class based on yards per route run.

New offensive coordinator John DeFilippo comes from an Eagles offense that used tight ends heavily the past couple of seasons. Conklin joins a versatile tight end group of Kyle Rudolph and David Morgan that should allow DeFilippo to get creative once again.

Minnesota was in need as a pass-catching tight end as Rudolph enters the back nine of his playing career. This isn’t to say Morgan isn’t a pass-catching threat, but it has never been his primary role. Conklin provides receiving depth at tight end and another large red zone target for Kirk Cousins.

The 6’3″, 255-pound former NAIA basketball player suffered a foot injury prior to his senior season that some scouts fear has removed some of his athleticism. However, Conklin has received mostly positive remarks on his blocking ability despite his niche as a receiving tight end.

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  1. He seems to be a guy with talent and is another inline blocker ~ I watch his video with vikings.com and from what little I could tell is he seems like a nice guy ~ Now that will not help you win ball games but he seems to be the kind of guy that should fit well in the Vikings locker room if he makes the roster ~ His highlights seem to show his talent but they are just that ~ Highlights ~

    1. {{{ The 6’3″, 255-pound former NAIA basketball player suffered a foot injury prior to his senior season that some scouts fear has removed some of his athleticism. However, Conklin has received mostly positive remarks on his blocking ability despite his niche as a receiving tight end. }}}

      What kind f foot injury did he have that makes them fear he can’t recover from it ~ ???

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