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Draft insider Tony Pauline passes along word that Pitt T T.J. Clemmings will stand on his Combine testing during Tuesday's pro day.

Clemmings will go through positional drills. The tackle did test like an above average athlete among historic SPARQ averages for the position, but that is not the question with Clemmings. The question is if he can trust his feet and hands to prevent edge speed and not over step to allow inside moves. He has a lot of work to do, but Clemmings has the level of ability to be a starting tackle.
Mar 3 - 1:05 PM

Pittsburgh OT T.J. Clemmings is "developing his technique, fundamentals and understanding [of] the position," said an NFL scout.

"An athlete first," the scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He has the athleticism to start. Just going to take a little bit of time." As you're no doubt aware, Clemmings spent three seasons at DE -- he even started six games in 2012 -- before shifting to RT the past two years. The former basketball player, who declined offers to play at Providence and Seton Hall, has long arms (35 1/8). Many project him to left tackle, but Clemmings will likely need a few years learning before he can make another big position change.
Mar 1 - 4:32 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Pittsburgh OT T.J. Clemmings could be a fit at No.17 for the Chargers, and notes that he's "raw but more athletic than Fluker," who projects best at guard.

"The Chargers re-signed left tackle King Dunlap to a four-year deal and GM Tom Telesco said the plan is to leave D.J. Fluker at right tackle. That might change if Clemmings is on the board. Clemmings is a former defensive end who has steadily improved at right tackle the past two years. He's raw but more athletic than Fluker, who many feel projects best at guard," Rang wrote. Although the 6-foot-6, 315-pound Clemmings is a bit raw, he does show off great power and could be a nice fit for the Chargers' run game. Down the road, the athletic Clemmings could be seen as a future replacement at left tackle for the 29-year-old King Dunlap.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 24 - 3:55 PM

Pittsburgh OT T.J. Clemmings will appeal to any "team looking for a right tackle drafting in the 10-25 range," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

"The Rams at No. 10 is probably a little early, but they could be in the mix," McShay wrote. "The Browns, Saints, Texans, Lions and Panthers also make sense in the first round." As expected, the athletic Clemmings had a great combine. The 6-foot-6, 315-pounder's 5.14-second 40 was impressive, his 9-3 broad jump topped all offensive tackles, his short shuttle (4.54 seconds) was the best amongst top OT prospects, and his 35.1-inch arms are the longest of all top tackle prospects. "He's a raw, inexperienced right tackle prospect whose game is built on power in the run game, and who needs work in pass protection," McShay wrote.
Feb 23 - 4:40 PM

On Friday's televised combine coverage, NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said Pittsburgh OT T.J. Clemmings has a "tremendously high ceiling."

But because of Clemmings' inexperience at tackle, the analyst added, there is a risk that he never reaches his upside. Clemmings, of course, was a defensive lineman in high school and in his first two seasons as a Panther. NFL Network analyst and former NFL offensive lineman Shaun O'Hara said Clemmings "is a physical specimen" and "definitely has the athletic ability to be a tackle" despite his rawness.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 21 - 4:45 PM

There is a "belief" among NFL people that Pitt T T.J. Clemmings could start his career at G, per Tony Pauline.

The hope, among those that share this opinion, is Clemmings would later shift out to tackle. We are not sure if moving Clemmings inside is wise, as many of his missteps would just carry over to the interior. The importance of interior and edge protectors is equal in our eyes. Clemmings has so much power and is a good athlete, but he does not handle lateral moves consistently due to not trusting his feet or deploying an inside arm bar.
Feb 17 - 11:27 AM

Pittsburgh OT T.J. Clemmings "has some work to do to prove he can play of the left side" at the combine, observes NFL.com.

"He has the physical traits to become a Pro Bowl left tackle," NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein said. He struggled at the Senior Bowl, making Clemmings' performance at the combine all the more serious. Clemmings was selected by the Browns with the No. 12 pick in Todd McShay's mock draft. NFL Media's Mike Mayock recently ranked Clemmings as his No. 1 tackle prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 13 - 2:21 AM

Despite Pittsburgh OT T.J. Clemmings' rawness, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler writes that "there is no questioning his athleticism and movement skills."

"A good-sized athlete at 310 pounds, Clemmings started his career on defense as a pass rusher before moving to the offensive line in 2013," Brugler wrote. NFL Media's Mike Mayock recently ranked Clemmings as his No. 1 tackle prospect, a grade that frankly stunned us. Clemmings has huge upside, with amazing strength and length, but has tentative footwork which allows clever defenders to beat him on counter and inside moves.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 12 - 9:30 PM

NFL Media's Mike Mayock ranks Pitt T T.J. Clemmings as the No. 1 prospect at his position.

We are fairly stunned to see this post-Senior Bowl, although it might have been more common prior to the event in Mobile. Clemmings has incredible strength and length, but he does not trust his footwork to stop edge angles, and in turn does not produce a powerful arm bar to prevent inside moves.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 12 - 1:25 PM

Pittsburgh OT T.J. Clemmings was selected by the Browns with the No. 12 pick in Todd McShay's mock draft.

The analyst mentions that Cleveland's biggest needs are right tackle, wide receiver and nose tackle. Because the top three receivers, NT Danny Shelton, and T Brandon Scherff were all off the board by No. 12, McShay perhaps reached on behalf of the organization to grab the next best option in Clemmings. "Johnny Manziel's future with the team is uncertain, but there aren't any QBs worth drafting here, either, and Cleveland will instead likely need to add a veteran in free agency (Mike Glennon, perhaps?) if Brian Hoyer goes to another team," McShay wrote. "Clemmings is a reach here, but he makes sense because of the importance of the position and his high potential. He's a work in progress, having played only two years of offensive tackle at Pitt, but he has impressive physical tools and is getting better. He excels as a run blocker and would bring strength and toughness to a unit that badly needs it. He'd struggle early in pass protection, but has the potential to improve.
Feb 5 - 9:59 PM

Former Tennessee QB Nathan Peterman will play his graduate years at Pittsburgh.

Peterman graduated early, so he will have two more seasons of eligibility with the Panthers. "It was time to move on," Peterman said. "...I’ve been trying to see what other opportunities I could get to have a better opportunity to get on the field." Peterman started one game in each of the last two seasons.
Feb 5 - 10:07 AM

Pittsburgh senior OT T.J. Clemmings "moves like a tight end in space with an ability to zero in on targets and finish them in the screen game," according to NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"Former high school basketball player with great foot quickness. Moves like a tight end in space with an ability to zero in on targets and finish them in the screen game. Elite change-of-direction talent and knee bend. Gets depth with smooth, fluid kick-slide and does a good job of mirroring," Zierlein wrote. The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Clemmings began his career on defense at Pittsburgh. Clemmings switched sides of the ball a few years back, but has spent the last two seasons manning the right tackle position. With his ability to win in space, some believe his future is at left tackle, but Clemmings will have to clean up his technique for that to happen.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 3 - 2:13 PM

Tennessee QB Nathan Peterman is visiting Pittsburgh as a possible transfer destination, according to Chris Peak of Rivals.

Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian left for an NFL job, but previously stated the quarterback was unlikely to leave the Vols. Peterman is likely looking for more playing time, something he wouldn't see behind Josh Dobbs at Tennessee.
Source: Rivals
Feb 2 - 2:29 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper lifted Pittsburgh senior OT T.J. Clemmings from No. 23 to No. 15 on his newest Big Board.

"A better physical prospect at this point than a technical one, Clemmings showed that in Mobile, where he could dominate a defender and whiff on a block in back-to-back plays," Kiper wrote. "He offers the length, the ability to slide quickly and on balance, and the long arms that you look for in a potential starter at left tackle. What he's not yet is physically dominant in his ability to overwhelm or frustrate pass-rushers. But the physical tools are there, and with more coaching, his NFL value could be significant, which puts him in the mix for the top half of Round 1." The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Clemmings began his career on defense. He shifted to offense a few years ago, but has spent the past two seasons at right tackle, a position obviously not as valuable to the NFL as left tackle. Some believe his future is at LT, but Clemmings will have to clean up his technique for that to happen.
Jan 28 - 9:44 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said Pittsburgh senior OT T.J. Clemmings is no longer a potential top-10 sleeper pick.

"I think he's got a lot of talent, but he's so darned raw," Mayock said. "He's struggled all week in practice." The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Clemmings began his career on defense. He shifted to offense a few years ago, but has spent the past two seasons at right tackle, a position obviously not as valuable to the NFL as left tackle. Coming into the week, many thought he would show LT potential, but some analyst walked away from the event disappointed. To be fair, Mayock said Clemmings' issues were "technique-related," problems that are correctable.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 25 - 1:46 AM


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