For most of the offseason, it was believed that Pittsburgh tackle T.J. Clemmings would be a first-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, but over the course of the last few weeks, it seems as though his proper place resides in the second round. On Friday, at appears as though Clemmings has more bad news associated with him that could further hurt his chances of being drafted in the first round.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Clemmings has a stress fracture in his foot that was discovered during a recent pre-draft visit with a team. Rapoport also added that Mike McCartney, Clemmings’s agent, said that his client had no idea of any problem with his foot and that he’s dealt with no pain.
Clemmings, who originally played defensive end before being moved over to the offensive side of the football in 2013, was the first Pittsburgh tackle to receive All-American accolades since Ruben Brown in 1994.
During his 13 starts in 2014 at right tackle Clemmings recorded 80 knockdowns, eight downfield blocks and 20 touchdown-resulting blocks. He allowed just one-half sack during the season and was charged with only six quarterback pressures. He also was flagged just once for holding.
At 6-5, 309-piounds, Clemmings figures to play right tackle at the NFL level.