2015 NFL Draft: Top 5 Detroit Lions Offensive Line Prospects

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2. T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh

T.J. Clemmings is an uber-athletic 6-foot-5, 309-pounder that has elite foot quickness and looks more like a tight end in space than a lineman. He has a prototypical frame, broad shoulders and 34 7/8″ arms which have helped him earn the label, “the offensive lineman with the highest ceiling of the 2015 NFL Draft class”.

He boasts excellent tools, demonstrates fluidity and has a trim middle with thick thighs — everything a scout or coach could want in a prospect. He jars defenders with an explosive first punch, and is downright dominating in the run game. He also excels at the second level, often ending plays downfield springing teammates for bigger gains.

Additionally, he is a well-respected leader on and off the field (something the Lions could use) and was elected team captain in 2014.

He is also still considerably raw.

Clemmings has only played his position for a total of two seasons, having played defensive end prior to his junior season. At the professional level, he will have some work to do. He needs to improve hand placement as a pass-blocker, and will drop his shoulder and head on contact at times.

All-in-all, I feel Clemmings is well worth the pick at 23 — and from what I’ve heard the Lions may feel the same way.

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