Make the Case: LB Darron Lee vs. OL Jack Conklin

Posted Mar 25, 2016

NFL Draft Experts debate if LB Darron Lee or OL Jack Conklin. would be a better fit for the Giants.

With our “Make the Case” series on, we look at projections provided by two draft experts and then ask you, the fans, to weigh in on which player you would like the Giants to select with the 10th pick in the first round.


In this debate, we feature two of the best players - and rivals - from the Big Ten conference: Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee vs. Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin.

Be sure to vote and Make YOUR Case in the comments below!

Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State senior NFL columnist Pete Prisco projected Lee, a second-team All-American in 2015 and a freshman All-American in 2014. Lee trailed only defensive end Joey Bosa, who is one of the top prospects in this year’s draft, for the team lead in tackles for loss (27.5) and sacks (12) over the last two seasons.

Lee was named the Sugar Bowl Defensive MVP in the Buckeyes’ win over Alabama en route to their national championship in 2014. He was the fastest linebacker at the NFL Scouting Combine last month, running the 40-yard dash in 4.77 seconds. He also finished first in his position group in the vertical (35.5 inches) and broad (133.0 inches) jumps while tying for third in the 20-yard shuttle (4.20)

Prisco: They added to their front and they helped the secondary at corner in free agency. Now it's time to add some young speed to the linebacker group.


Jack Conklin, OL, Michigan State draft expert Rob Rang liked Conklin, a 2015 first-team All-American (Sporting News and USA TODAY) and a first-team All-Big Ten (coaches and media) selection. Conklin was a three-year starter at left tackle and started in three major bowl games (2014 Rose, 2015 Cotton, 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal). Conklin, 6-foot-6 and 308 pounds, ran the 40-yard dash in 5.00 seconds, the fourth-fastest time among offensive linemen. He also did 25 reps in the 225-pound bench press.

Rang: After investing heavily in free agent defensive linemen Damon Harrison and Olivier Vernon, the Giants may look to the other side of the line in the first round of the draft. Like last year's top pick Ereck Flowers, Conklin is a brawling tackle with terrific size (6-6, 308), including long arms (35"). A bookend tackle duo of Flowers and Conklin could be the best present Eli Manning ever received.