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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

Pittsburgh senior OT T.J. Clemmings "has really been climbing draft boards this season due to his natural ability and the progress he has shown in transitioning to offense from defense," according to Scout's Inc.

"But he also showed why he's still a work in progress. He was caught overextending to the outside, and was also beat inside during one-on-one drills. His brute strength is an asset in the run game, but he needs to extend his arms more and get better with his hands," wrote Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl. NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks wrote this week that Clemmings "will need some time to refine his fundamentals and technique before manning the marquee position on the offensive line." The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Clemmings struggled against pass rushers in one-on-one drills at the Senior Bowl and might not be ready to handle premier rushers as an LT in the NFL.
Jan 24 - 10:08 PM

Scout's Inc. notes that Pittsburgh senior OT T.J. Clemmings lost momentum this week at the Senior Bowl.

"This week Clemmings has shown flashes of what he could be," wrote Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl. "He has tremendous power and athleticism, which also stands out on his tape. But he struggled with his technique during the practices, especially on the left side. This is understandable given that it's a tough transition to make, particularly for a player with limited experience like Clemmings: He played only one year of high school football, spent his first three years at Pitt on defense and played right tackle his two years on offense. None of this means he can't develop, but I think if a team is drafting him it has to be thinking of him as a right tackle, and the value of right tackles as compared to left tackles isn't as great." The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Clemmings struggled in one-on-one drills at the event and may not be ready to handle elite rushers on the blind side in the NFL.
Jan 24 - 7:26 PM

Pittsburgh senior OT T.J. Clemmings "will need some time to refine his fundamentals and technique before manning the marquee position on the offensive line," according to NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks.

"Clemmings was targeted by several NFL scouts as one of the offensive tackles with the athletic potential to develop into a blind-side protector as a pro, but he will need some time to refine his fundamentals and technique before manning the marquee position on the offensive line," Brooks wrote. The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Clemmings struggled against pass rushers in one-on-one drills and might not be ready to handle premier rushers as a left tackle in the NFL. Brooks notes that, "while scouts won't ding him harshly for his struggles in drills, evaluators will certainly temper their expectations about his transition from right tackle to left tackle as a pro."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 23 - 3:46 PM

If Pittsburgh senior OT T.J. Clemmings "holds his own against the elite pass rushers in the Senior Bowl, he could shoot up the charts in draft rooms around the NFL," observed NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks.

"The lack of premier left tackles in the 2015 class has prompted several scouts to tab the Pitt standout as the most intriguing offensive line prospect in Mobile," Brooks wrote. "The former defensive end turned offensive tackle displays the requisite athletic traits to play the marquee tackle spot as a pro." TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported that the 6-foot-6, 315-pound Clemmings struggled at Senior Bowl practices on Tuesday. In addition to Clemmings, the Senior Bowl boasts a deep tackle class that includes Wisconsin's Rob Havenstein, Colorado State's Ty Sambrailo and LSU's La'El Collins.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 21 - 12:08 AM

Pittsburgh senior OT T.J. Clemmings "was the most improved player in college football this season who I studied on tape," wrote ESPN's Todd McShay.

The former defensive lineman is raw, but is very strong and displays good mobility. "Clemmings has prototypical size for the tackle position with long arms and a solid base, and he's an easy mover for his size who is athletic enough to develop into a starting left tackle in the NFL," McShay wrote. "A strong showing versus top pass-rushers such as Nate Orchard and Hau-oli Kikaha in practice this week could earn Clemmings a spot in the top 15 picks in the draft." The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Clemmings struggled at Senior Bowl practices Tuesday, reported TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.
Jan 20 - 7:44 PM

Pittsburgh senior OT T.J. Clemmings has been "struggling in 1 on 1 drills" at Senior Bowl practice, according to TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

The 6-foot-4, 307-pound Clemmings has been generating chatter among inner scouting circles, and the news of his struggling in drills, is not good news for his stock. NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said recently that "the sky is the limit" for Clemmings, adding that "he could be the fastest-riser coming out of Mobile if he plays as well as I think he can."
Jan 20 - 3:57 PM

Pittsburgh senior OT T.J. Clemmings is Dane Brugler's favorite prospect headed to the Senior Bowl.

"Clemmings has been climbing draft boards throughout the season and a positive week at the Senior Bowl could make him the consensus top senior at tackle," Brugler wrote. "A former defensive end, Clemmings is a mauler who dominates in the run game, but his performance during pass protection drills will be closely scrutinized." NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said recently that "the sky is the limit" for Clemmings, adding that "he could be the fastest-riser coming out of Mobile if he plays as well as I think he can."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 19 - 8:58 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said "the sky is the limit" for Pittsburgh senior OT T.J. Clemmings.

"An offensive tackle from Pittsburgh, T.J. Clemmings, played on the right side and a former defensive player -- the sky is the limit for him, and he could be the fastest-riser coming out of Mobile if he plays as well as I think he can," said Mayock. "I think he's got a left tackle skill-set after only playing on offense for two years." In addition to Clemmings, the Senior Bowl boasts a deep tackle class that includes Wisconsin's Rob Havenstein, Colorado State's Ty Sambrailo and LSU's La'El Collins.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 19 - 1:05 AM

Pittsburgh senior T.J. Clemmings "is generating chatter among inner scouting circles because of a significant improvement from his first to second year on the offensive side of the ball," wrote ESPN's Kevin Weidl.

The former defensive lineman is raw, but is very strong and displays good mobility. "While he still has room to improve in [technique and awareness], he made big strides this past fall and appeared much more comfortable at the position," Weidl wrote. "From a physical talent standpoint, Clemmings arguably has the highest ceiling of any offensive tackle this year. At 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds, he has a thick, long and athletic frame to go with quick feet and natural inline power, which could propel him into the mid-first-round range before the entire process is through." Clemmings' stock has been trending upwards for months.
Jan 13 - 11:59 PM

Pittsburgh freshman WR Adonis Jennings announced he will transfer.

"He was recruited to Pitt by then-receivers coach Bobby Engram, who left the Panthers for a job with the Baltimore Ravens shortly after Signing Day," reported Scout.com. "Engram informed Jennings that he was leaving prior to Signing Day, but Jennings didn’t have any time to visit other schools and stuck with Pitt. A source close to Jennings indicated that Engram’s departure played a role in Jennings’ decision to transfer, even though it happened prior to Signing Day." It's possible that Paul Chryst's departure for Wisconsin sealed the deal on Jennings' own exit. Rutgers, Arkansas and Iowa have already been mentioned as potential landing spots. The four-star 2014 recruit was ranked as the No. 38 WR in the country. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Jennings caught six passes for 55 yards across six appearances this season.
Source: Scout.com
Jan 10 - 11:15 PM

Pittsburgh senior OG Matt Rotheram will play in Saturday's Medal of Honor Bowl.

Rotheram and RT T.J. Clemmings, weighing in at 645 pounds combined, made for a terrifying right side of Pittsburgh's line this season, paving the way for a few thousand ground yards. "Rotheram squares and extends to lock out at the point of attack, showing a natural feel and awareness for his surroundings," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote earlier this season. Rotheram (6-foot-5, 340 pounds) could garner late-round consideration.
Jan 7 - 2:30 PM

Pittsburgh sophomore WR Tyler Boyd caught nine passes for 112 yards in the school's 35-34 loss to Houston.

Boyd did have a drop to basically end the game when Pitt was working to get into field goal range. Boyd will be eligible for the 2016 draft and offers a number of traits NFL teams will covet.
Jan 3 - 12:42 PM

Former Michigan State DC Pat Narduzzi has been named the head coach of the Pittsburgh Panthers.

Narduzzi was the Big Ten's highest-paid coordinator this year and has been a long-time HC candidate. He has spent the past 11 seasons on Mark Dantonio-led coaching staffs, three of those coming with Cincinnati. His defenses have impressed without producing star names into the NFL.
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