2015 NFL Draft: Vikings Select OT T.J. Clemmings in 4th Round


Everyone was wondering how long it would take the Vikings to address their offensive line in this draft. Now we have our answer. It took until the 110th pick.

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In the fourth round, the Vikings select Pitt OT T.J. Clemmings, a player who at one point was rated as a possible top-15 talent by some.

Why did Clemmings, a first rounder in many people’s eyes at one point, dip all the way to round four? This might have been one of those instances of a player becoming somewhat overvalued by the media for whatever reason.

After a shaky Senior Bowl practice week and less-than-impressive combine, Clemmings began his slide in mock drafts and in recent weeks was no longer perceived as a top pick. Though I’m not sure most had him going all the way to the 4th.

By taking this player in the 4th, the Vikings get what may be perceived as a high value pick. But it’s possible that, in the eyes of NFL evaluators, the 4th round is exactly where Clemmings was always valued and the media just got it wrong.

The Vikings certainly did their work on Clemmings, visiting him at Pitt pro day. Obviously they liked what they saw from the young man.

Scouts think the very raw Clemmings has a chance to develop into a good player, but some caution that his technical issues might be too big to surmount.

This is a classic fourth round “possible value” pick. It all depends on whether the player is coachable. Can Jeff Davidson and Norv Turner get this guy going in the right direction?

If Clemmings pans out, he could be a replacement for Phil Loadholt at right tackle, or maybe even Matt Kalil at left tackle. The Vikings consider him a fourth round talent, so he’ll at least be in the mix as a backup.

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