Denver Broncos: Top shelf free agent targets in 2020
2. Jack Conklin – OT
It’s no secret that Garett Bolles has experienced his share of growing pains since coming to the Broncos as a first-round pick in 2017. Denver is potentially looking for an answer or upgrade at LT, and Jack Conklin could be just the guy.
At 25 years old, he already has a First Team All-Pro nod on his resume, and posted a rock solid 78.0 PFF grade last season.
More importantly, he limits mistakes and over four years has averaged just six penalties a season. Compare that to Bolles’ average of 15 penalties per season, and you’ll see why Conklin would be a massive upgrade at LT. His pass protection also significantly outperforms Bolles’ with an average of just 3 sacks/year, as opposed to 4.6 sacks/year.
Conklin has been started as a right tackle with the Titans, largely due to Taylor Lewan’s success. However, he almost exclusively played left tackle at Michigan State with 35/38 starts on the blind side. He could very well flip back over to the Left and bookend the line with a presumably healthy Ju’Wuan James at RT.
With his age and positional value mean he’ll require a big, long term contract offer, the Broncos are only paying their O-Line $22 million overall (29th league-wide) , and can afford to shore up a position of need.