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Clemmings keeps his draft stock high

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Friday morning the NFL Scouting Combine got rolling in full force, and among those showing off his skills was University of Pittsburgh offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings.

Clemmings, a high school basketball player, arrived at Pitt as a defensive end and made the transition to offensive tackle, a move that likely will find him as a No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Clemmings, who measured 6-5, 309 pounds at the combine, ran a 5.15 40-yard dash, which was among the best in the early group of offensive linemen. He bench pressed 225 pounds 22 times, and like others in the top five at the position, had a good showing overall.

"They didn't do anything to disappoint you today," said Brian Billick, former Baltimore Ravens coach and NFL Network analyst.

Clemmings, whose strengths include his long, athletic frame and foot quickness, is listed by NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock as the top offensive tackle available in the 2015 NFL Draft.

"I think he is going to start on the right side and ultimately get to the left side," said Mayock after Clemmings combine performance.  "He is going to go in the first round, probably somewhere in the lower half of the first round. He is going to start at right tackle. Whether or not he stays there, I don't know. I think he has Pro Bowl potential if he can get a great offensive line coach that can unlock that."

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