Photo of T.J. Clemmings
Drafted By: Vikings

Combine Results

5.98 ?
  • 5.14 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 22 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 111.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.68 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.54 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Vikings could look back at this pick in a year or two and realize how much of a steal Clemmings was. Injury concerns pushed him down the board but Clemmings has the athleticism to develop into a staple at left or right tackle. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'5" Height
  • 35 1/8" Arm Length
  • 309LBS. Weight
  • 10 3/8" Hands


Started all 13 games at right tackle as senior and was named second-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America and first-team All-ACC. Voted team captain his senior season. Started 13 games at right tackle his junior season after redshirting the year prior as he made the switch from defensive end to offensive tackle. Appeared in eight games at defensive end in both his sophomore season in 2011 and freshman season in 2010. Was rated No. 1 defensive end prospect in New Jersey by, out of Paterson Catholic High School. Was a Division I prospect in basketball, too.



Long, athletic frame. Former high school basketball player with great foot quickness. Moves like a tight end in space with an ability to zero in on targets and finish them in the screen game. Elite change-of-direction talent and knee bend. Can peel off his block to pick up a delayed blitzer. Snaps off twisting defender to guard and finds new assignment. Gets depth with smooth, fluid kick-slide and does a good job of mirroring. Can secure a shoulder and torque defender out of a run play. Hands carry jarring power. Explodes out of stance into defender. Has mean streak. Accelerates feet after contact and finishes. Has length and strength to redirect around pocket when beaten around the edge. Has the talent to make any block asked of him in the running game.


Inexperienced at the position and still raw. Will fall off blocks when his base gets too narrow on angle blocks. Will duck his head into contact in run game. Must learn to slow down and gather himself when climbing to second level. Has a hitch before he punches in pass protection and then gives away length with wide hands. Works with technique on pass sets but loses that technique suddenly at the high point of the pass rush, causing him to have to scramble to redirect around arc. Showed a lack of technique and confidence after being beaten too often during Senior Bowl practices.

Draft Projection

Rounds 1 or 2

Sources Tell Us

"He came into the Senior Bowl way too hot. The tape just didn't back it up. He's got a low floor and my comp on him is Jason Smith. He's not the fraud that Smith is on a personal level, but I think he'll struggle physically the way Smith did." - NFL front office executive "He's got tools but he needs a lot of work on technique. He's tough on the field, but it looks like things can get into his head. I would take him in the second round." -- NFL offensive line coach

NFL Comparison

Duane Brown

Bottom Line

Like Duane Brown, Clemmings played high school basketball and was a late switch to the offensive tackle position in college. There are holes in his protection technique and he must learn to trust his feet. Clemmings should continue to learn the position and improve. He has the physical traits to become a Pro Bowl tackle, but the Senior Bowl practices exposed how green he still is. Confidence could become an issue with his pass protection unless he develops selective amnesia when beaten.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.