“I think it starts with my versatility,” Conklin said. “I think I’m a great route runner, though. I think I can run routes from every position on the field -- slot, out wide, in-line.”
"[It] 100 percent [helps to play basketball]," Conklin said. "You know to judge the ball, ball skills, the way you can kind of use your body and just little stuff like that. Being able to kind of react out of nowhere, I think those are things that translate perfect."
He snatched 42 receptions for 560 yards and six touchdowns as a junior. He also posted more than 400 yards receiving in each of his final two seasons.
What stands out about Conklin the most is his ability to make contested catches in traffic. His ball skills and wide catch radius are very unique. Conklin made difficult grabs in the red zone all season, including numerous one-handed catches. He not only plays with body control and hauls in contested passes in traffic, but he is a serviceable in-line blocker, too. Conklin suffered a fracture in his foot which caused him to miss five games, however, he tested well. He was in high percentiles for the 60 and 20-yard shuttles, along with the vertical and broad jumps. This type of skill-set is something the Vikings can unleash in the red zone or on the outside.
#Vikings draft pick Tyler Conklin was really solid in the red zone, making numerous highlight-reel catches in traffic. His leaping ability (38-inch vertical) allows him to win jump balls consistently. Here's one film cut to look at: pic.twitter.com/4Q4desycjE— Daniel House (@DanielHouseNFL) April 28, 2018
He can likely be lined up all over the field in attempt to stretch the defense at all three levels. This is something that's necessary in the Vikings' offense, especially as offensive coordinator John DeFilippo takes over.