Finding Broncos: T.J. Clemmings, OT

In the latest edition of Finding Broncos, MHH Analyst Erick Trickel takes a look at Pittsburgh offensive linemen T.J. Clemmings. Clemmings is one of the top offensive linemen in the draft.

T.J. Clemmings, Offensive Linemen, Pittsburgh

Measurables

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 309 pounds

Arm Length: 35-1/8 inches

Hand Size: 10-3/8 inches

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NFL Scouting Combine Results

40-yard Dash: 5.14 seconds

10-yd Split: 1.80 seconds

3 Cone Drill: 7.68 seconds

Shuttle Run: 4.54 seconds

Vertical Jump: 32-1/2 inches

Broad Jump: 9-feet-3 inches

Bench Press (225 lbs): 22

Pro Days Results: N/A

College Stats: N/A

Pros

T.J. Clemmings is an athletic freak of nature for an offensive linemen. His play is very fluid as a run blocker and a pass blocker. He has the build of a left tackle, with long arms and thick thighs. He has a good, natural and consistent bend off the snap of the ball.

He is really quick and light-footed, probably due to his history playing basketball. When getting to the second level, he moves with agility and lightness, all while keeping his eyes up and zeroing in on blocks. Has a strong initial punch and has the attitude you want in an offensive linemen.

Cons

Clemmings is extremely raw and inexperienced. He has to slow down—he goes too fast at times, and gets ahead of the play. His technique is a mess. He doesn’t fully understand the proper use of leverage. When beaten, he loses confidence in himself and gets in a rut that he doesn’t bounce back from.

When facing speed rushers with a spin move, Clemmings gets lost and beaten by the spin. He has to loosen up. He would represent a huge risk to put him in as a day one starter, especially for a contending team. He won’t be a starter at left tackle for a few years, although he has that potential. He's better suited as a guard, then right tackle for the first few years of his pro career.

How he fits with the Denver Broncos
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I am a big fan of T.J. Clemmings. However, I do not like him for the Broncos. They are a contending team and he would be a major risk to start, even at guard. This is potentially Peyton Manning’s last shot for a Super Bowl and you can’t trust a rookie as raw as Clemmings to protect him.

If that were not the case, Clemmings would be a great fit. The coaching staff could work with him and groom him. They would be able to give him the time he needed without the Super Bowl pressure. There would be no rush for him to fix all his flaws. He would be able to grow as an offensive guard, then switch to right tackle, and eventually replace Ryan Clady at left tackle.

Clemmings has the highest upside of all the offensive tackles in the NFL draft. But, that doesn’t make him a great fit for the Broncos. Honestly, its unfortunate that the Broncos can’t afford to take a risk on Clemmings. It may be a blessing in disguise though.

Athletic offensive linemen as raw as Clemmings, far too often end up out of the NFL after a few years. Clemmings would have an uphill battle on any team. As for a team with Super Bowls hopes—that hill is even bigger.

Update

This news comes via Rotoworld.

NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reports that Pitt T T.J. Clemmings discovered that he had a stress fracture in his foot during a team visit. "Pitt OT TJ Clemmings had a stress fracture in his foot discovered on a team visit, sources says. He didn’t feel pain, didn’t know it existed," Rapoport tweeted. Bad timing for the Pitt prospect, as the stress fracture could cause him to slide a bit in the draft. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound Clemmings has been gaining interest from teams selecting in the back end of the first.

Erick Trickel in an Analyst for MileHighHuddle. You can find him on Twitter @Alaskan_Bronco. And be sure to like MileHighHuddle on Facebook.

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