Pittsburgh offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings cemented his position as a top selection in the 2015 NFL Draft by having a fantastic day at the combine in Indianapolis. He was the top performer in both the vertical jump and 20 yard shuttle, but that’s not a major surprise considering his background in college basketball.
Some team will pull the trigger on the potential that T.J. Clemmings has, but they have to be aware that they will have a bit of a project on their hands. However, that team will most likely want him to be a guard before seeing what he can do at offensive tackle. He shows the potential to develop into an offensive tackle because of his light feet and powerful finishes. He will take some coaching for his very raw technique, but his physical talents should be enough for him to be a first round selection at the 2015 NFL Draft.
Nov 22, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers offensive lineman T.J. Clemmings (68) takes the field during senior day ceremonies against the Syracuse Orange at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 30-7. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Weight: 309 pounds
Arm Length: 35.125″
Hand Size: 10.375″
40 Yard Dash: 5.14 seconds
Bench Press: 22 reps
Vertical Jump: 32.5″
Broad Jump: 111″
3 Cone Drill: 7.68 seconds
20 Yard Shuffle: 4.54 seconds
T.J. Clemmings looks to be a first round selection. CBS Sports has him as their #14 overall prospect and #4 offensive tackle at the time of this writing.
Fit For The Vikings
The Vikings are looking for someone who can play left guard or possibly take over at left tackle if Matt Kalil is unable to rebound from a very disappointing season.
Although he would be a work in progress, T.J. Clemmings has all the physical traits necessary to become a top offensive tackle in the NFL. The Vikings could afford to keep him at guard while he develops to possibly be the left tackle if needed. If the Vikings do take an offensive lineman in the first round, I expect it to be someone like T.J. Clemmings.
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