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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

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt reports that OL coaches from the Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers and St. Louis Rams, we're in attendance for Pittsburgh OT T.J. Clemmings' pro day.

The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Clemmings, has been projected by many evaluators to go in the first round of this years' draft. The Pittsburgh prospect may lack the ideal experience, but the raw offensive tackle shows a ton of power in the run game. Moving forward, Clemmings will have to continue to improve in pass protection.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 4 - 2:12 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that "insiders" told him Pittsburgh OT T.J. Clemmings "needed good workouts at the Combine and pro day to stay in the first round."

Clemmings elected to stand on his combine numbers and only participate in position drills. "His Combine testing marks ranked in the top 10 percent of the offensive linemen, so it's understandable Clemmings does not run again," the analyst wrote. Pauline added that Clemmings is "nearing 10 visits/personal workouts with franchises, and more are expected to be scheduled."
Mar 3 - 11:18 PM

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


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