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Packers signed Pitt G/T Matt Rotheram.

Rotheram (6'5/325) made 40 career starts for the Panthers, seeing action at both right tackle and right guard. He was a second-team All-ACC pick by the conference's coaches as a senior. Rotheram curiously didn't run a forty before the draft, and managed an 8-foot-8 broad jump and 28-inch vertical with 22 reps on the bench. A sub-par athlete, Rotheram is best suited to play guard in the pros. His ceiling is likely a low-end starter in a power-blocking scheme.
May 3 - 6:33 PM

Despite having slipped to the Vikings in the fourth round, NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock maintains that Pittsburgh OT T.J. Clemmings "is a starting right tackle in this league Day 1."

It's high praise, and a non-subtle hint to Matt Kalil and Phil Loadholt that they better get ready for competition, but Mayock did add that Clemmings has "a lot of work to do, especially in technique." Clemmings has a stress fracture in his foot, probably the primary reason that he fell from potential Round 1 pick into Day 2. "He played extremely well as an offensive tackle at Pitt in games," Mayock said. "Went to the Senior Bowl and got undressed. Why? Because he's only been an offensive player for two years. He's very raw from a technique perspective." NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah added that Clemmings is "a right tackle who can really help you in the run game. That's going to take a lot of pressure off their young quarterback (Teddy Bridgewater)."
Source: NFL.com
May 3 - 2:25 PM

Vikings selected Pittsburgh OT T.J. Clemmings with the No. 110 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Clemmings was viewed by many as a fringe first-round prospect, but fell because of reports of concerns with his foot. On top of the injury, he's a project as a pass blocker. Clemmings (6'5/309) was a decorated high school basketball recruit and began his college career at defensive end before converting to right tackle as a junior. He made 26 starts there for Pitt, earning first-team All ACC as a senior. Clemmings has huge hands (10 3/8") vines for arms (35 1/8"), and is an elite athlete for the position with 5.14 speed, a 32 1/2-inch vertical, and a 9-foot-3 broad jump. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein -- the media's premier O-Line evaluator -- believes Clemmings "has the physical traits to become a Pro Bowl left tackle" and likened him to stud Texans LT Duane Brown.
May 2 - 12:40 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay ranks Pitt T T.J. Clemmings as the No. 8 available player heading into Day 2.

"He only played two years at offensive tackle after moving over from the defensive side of the ball, and that lack of experience showed up in his play at college, particularly in pass protection," McShay wrote. "But he has the raw tools to develop into a very good tackle or guard, and he could be an overpowering run blocker early on." Rotoworld's Josh Norris isn't quite as high on the Panther, ranking him as the No. 21 player available and No. 46 overall. "Is it inexperience or rawness that is causing him to not trust his feet or not utilize an inside armbar to prevent lateral moves?" Norris wonders.
May 1 - 6:15 PM

Pitt T T.J. Clemmings "has power in his hands and a frame that most offensive tackles would kill for," writes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

Zierlein documented how he was sky high on Clemmings until seeing him at the Senior Bowl. "Clemmings was beaten time and time again in pass protection, and his technique flaws and waning confidence during the week grabbed everyone's attention," the analyst wrote. "On the high side, Clemmings could be a Pro Bowl tackle and the next Duane Brown. Like Brown out of Virginia Tech, Clemmings is still a work in progress after playing just two years of playing offensive tackle. His physical tools might be the best in this draft. On the bust side, Clemmings could be like former first-round bust Jason Smith, who disappointed badly during his time with the St. Louis Rams." Clemmings has a stress fracture in his foot, but we still think he's headed for Round 1.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 27 - 11:08 PM

An anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he has "got no negatives at all" to say about Pitt T T.J. Clemmings.

"He's really powerful," the scout said. "He's got excellent strength, power, aggressiveness, tenacity. Good pass-block technician." Clemmings came into the draft process with a ton of momentum, but had a poor week at the Senior Bowl and failed at least one team's physical because of a bum knee. "Has the fire in him that you like," said another scout. "Needs some technique work. Great kid. His learning is good enough. He'll pick it up and work at it. But it'd be a mistake to think he could play left tackle."
Apr 25 - 7:01 PM

NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reports that Pitt T T.J. Clemmings discovered that he had a stress fracture in his foot during a team visit.

"Pitt OT TJ Clemmings had a stress fracture in his foot discovered on a team visit, sources says. He didn’t feel pain, didn’t know it existed," Rapoport tweeted. Bad timing for the Pitt prospect, as the stress fracture could cause him to slide a bit in the draft. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound Clemmings has been gaining interest from teams selecting in the back end of the first.
Apr 24 - 2:07 PM

Pitt T T.J. Clemmings has visits scheduled with the Saints, Falcons and Rams this week, according to Ian Rapoport.

These teams are likely evaluating Clemmings in the early part of the second round or late first round in the Saints' case. There are a number of games where Clemmings looks great, but the negatives stand out like a sore thumb. Clemmings does not trust his footwork, giving up outside line too easily. Then when overcorrecting, edge rushers beat him inside. Patience and progress will be needed here.
Apr 21 - 10:59 AM

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco writes that Pittsburgh T T.J. Clemmings "might be the best tackle in this draft."

Some shared this opinion a few months ago, but many jumped off Clemmings' bandwagon after a lackluster winter. Prisco remains. "He is a big and athletic offensive tackle and reminds me of Tyron Smith of the Cowboys," Prisco wrote. "He played right tackle at Pitt, but I see him moving in as a starter on the left side in the NFL."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 20 - 7:40 PM

Pittsburgh T T.J. Clemmings dropped from No. 22 to No. 31 on Todd McShay's Big Board.

"He is a very raw prospect due to his inexperience at the offensive tackle position, but he possesses excellent physical tools and is a very powerful run-blocker," McShay wrote. "He projects as more of a right tackle at the next level." Clemmings will visit the Broncos, Rams and Saints this month. Clemmings would be a "logical addition in Denver to help keep Peyton Manning healthy" with the No. 28 pick, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.
Apr 14 - 12:52 AM

Pitt T T.J. Clemmings "would be a logical addition in Denver to help keep Peyton Manning healthy," with the No. 28 pick in the draft, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"The Broncos' offensive line is going through changes this offseason and with right tackle Chris Clark better suited as a backup, Clemmings would be a logical addition in Denver to help keep Peyton Manning healthy," Brugler wrote. The Pitt prospect is scheduled to visit the Broncos, who are reportedly very high on the 6-foot-5, 310-pound Clemmings.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 9 - 3:05 PM

Pitt T T.J. Clemmings is scheduled to visit the Broncos, Rams and Saints, according to Alex Marvez.

Clemmings' projection is a wide one. When in position, Clemmings has ridiculous power and can move his opposition to create lanes. However, Clemmings does not trust his footwork against edge lines, and then gives up inside angles once over compensating. It is unlikely Clemmings starts during his rookie year.
Apr 4 - 9:39 AM

Pittsburgh OT T.J. Clemmings "is an interesting project who should not be expected to play left tackle any time soon and may need time to be reliable at right tackle," noted CBS Sports' Frank Cooney.

"His pass blocking is a work in progress, which was obvious at the Senior Bowl workouts," Cooney wrote. "But his athleticism and upside are tremendous, as noted at the combine." At the event, Clemmings was asked about the perception that he is raw. This is how he responded: "It doesn't bother me. If that is what they feel then that's fine. I only had two years on the offensive line under my belt and that's not going to change from now to the draft. I need some work in some things and I am not afraid of that. I am ready to work on things that people feel I need to work on."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 1 - 9:44 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein compares Pittsburgh OT T.J. Clemmings to Duane Brown.

Like Brown, Clemmings got a late start in football after playing high school basketball. "There are holes in his protection technique and he must learn to trust his feet," Zierlein wrote. "Clemmings will continue to learn the position and improve. He has the physical traits to become a Pro Bowl left tackle if he can handle the move to that side. Confidence could become an issue with his pass protection unless he develops selective amnesia when beaten." The analyst ranks Clemmings as the No. 3 OL in the class. He has the same concerns as everybody else, citing Clemmings' rawness, lack of technique and a propensity to lose confidence when beaten. The upside is enormous, though.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 21 - 9:05 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote that there isn't "an offensive lineman in the 2015 draft boasting more athletic upside" than Pittsburgh OT T.J. Clemmings.

Clemmings decided to stand on his combine time numbers at Tuesday's pro day. Offensive line coaches from the Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers and St. Louis Rams were in town to view check out the 6-foot-5, 310-pounder's position workout. "Scouts on hand tell me that Clemmings' workout was outstanding," Rang wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 8 - 7:08 PM


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