Post spring insider: Right tackle

CLEMSON — This is really no surprise, but the best competition besides quarterback on offense is the battle between Landon Walker and Cory Lambert at right tackle.

Walker, a sophomore, and Lambert, a senior, went through the spring neck-and-neck for the starting spot. Both guys bring experience at the position, but tight ends and tackles coach Danny Pearman says he isn't sure who will be his starter there or if it will even be one of them.

Freshman J.K. Jay is also being considered for the spot, especially if he is able to come back this fall and show progress in grasping the offense and blocking schemes, while at the same time adjusting to the speed of the game.

Landon Walker (6-foot-5, 300 pounds, redshirt sophomore, North Wilkesboro, N.C.)
About: Started 10 games last season at right tackle and played in 12 overall. He finished the year with a grade of 74 percent, third best on the team, with 26 knockdown blocks. His 672 snaps were the second most on the offensive line last year. At one point he recorded three straight games in which he graded out at 78 percent or higher and had a season-high five knockdown blocks against South Carolina.

The positives: Walker seemed to have a pretty good spring. Pearman is excited about his growth and development. Made progress with his feet work and his hand work and seems to be more comfortable playing the position. Also has gotten stronger and is playing a little more physical.

The negatives: Some days he played okay and some days he was just average. He needs to be more consistent. Also the coaches would like to see him leaner, by gaining more muscle mass. He has a lot of work to do this summer in order to be back in shape and to be back and ready to compete.

Cory Lambert (6-foot-6, 310 pounds, redshirt senior, Greenville, S.C.)
About: The only offensive lineman in Clemson history to start at three different positions in the same season. He started three games at left tackle, two games at left guard and three games at right tackle. He was fourth on the team with 25 knockdowns, while grading out at 70 percent for the season. Grade 84 percent and recorded 7.5 knockdown blocks against Maryland. He has played in 39 consecutive games.

The positives: He is a veteran player that has seen a lot of different things. He is more effective as a run blocker. He has good extension and footwork is getting better.

The negatives: He needs to be more aggressive. He does appear to be going full speed all the time. He needs to get stronger and leaner. He isn't as solid in space and his footwork is little a slow when dropping into pass protection. He has a tendency to get beat with inside moves a lot.

J.K. Jay (6-foot-6, 285 pound, freshman, Greenville S.C.)
About: Enrolled at Clemson in January and was ranked as the No. 17 offensive tackle in the nation according to Scout.com. A four-star prospect according to Scout.com, he was an AP All-State selection in South Carolina in 2008 and participated in the Shrine Bowl. He worked most of the spring at right tackle.

The positives: Comes off the ball extremely well and isn't afraid of anyone. He is very physical. He has great football instincts and his knowledge of the game is high. He has good foot work and does a good job extending his long arms to create separation from rushing defensive ends and linebackers. Has good side-to-side movement.

The negatives: He is extremely raw. His technique is weak and he does not have a full understanding of the blocking schemes or the offense. Did great in hitting drills this spring, but struggled when the coaches started installing the offense. He also needs to get bigger and stronger. He also has a tendency to get beat in open space at times.

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