Kansas City Chiefs Scouting Report: TJ Clemmings


The Kansas City Chiefs have several different positions that need upgrading in the 2015 NFL Draft and offensive line is one of those positions. If the Chiefs decide to use their first round pick to address the offensive line, TJ Clemmings is someone for the team to look at.

Clemmings played all four years of his college career at Pittsburgh and actually played on the defensive side of the ball his first two years. Clemmings made the switch from defensive end to right tackle his junior year and excelled there.

Combine Results

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  • 40-yard dash – 5.14 seconds
  • Bench press – 22 reps
  • Vertical jump – 32.5 inch*
  • Broad jump – 111.0 inch
  • 3-cone drill – 7.68 seconds
  • 20-yard shuttle – 4.54 seconds*

* = Combine top performer

Results courtesy of NFL.com

It’s no secret that the Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive line was terrible in 2014. The team has upgraded the line with the additions of Ben Grubbs and Paul Fanaika in free agency, but there are still some spots along the line that could use an upgrade. Right tackle is one of those positions needing to be upgraded.

"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 will continue to learn the position and improve. He has the physical traits to become a Pro Bowl left tackle if he can handle the move to that side. Confidence could become an issue with his pass protection unless he develops selective amnesia when beaten.– Lance Zierlein of NFL.com"

Clemmings has met with five NFL teams so far and sadly the Chiefs were not one of those teams, according to Chase Goodbread of NFL.com. Clemmings is projected as a late first round or early second round selection so the chances of him still being on the board by the time pick 18 rolls around are pretty good.

Interestingly enough, Pete Prisco of CBS Sports thinks the Kansas City Chiefs will take TJ Clemmings with the 18th overall pick. He didn’t have much to say about it though.

"Their line always seems to be in need of an upgrade. Clemmings has a ton of athletic ability."

The rest of the CBS Sports analysts each had Clemmings landing with different teams. Rob Rang had him going 12th overall to the Cleveland Browns, Will Brinson had him falling to the Carolina Panthers at 25th overall, and Dane Brugler predicted Clemmings would fall to the Denver Broncos at pick 28.

If the Kansas City Chiefs do decide to take an offensive lineman in round one, I think they’ll draft Andrus Peat before TJ Clemmings. The right tackle is a position that is in need of some improvement though, and Clemmings could be just the guy to fill that hole for years to come.

Next: Andrus Peat Scouting Report

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