Vikings end Clemmings’ slide, pick OL in fourth round

T.J. Clemmings started two years at right tackle for Pittsburgh after being moved from defensive end.

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Many had wondered about Pittsburgh offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings slipping to the third day of the NFL Draft.

The Minnesota Vikings made sure he didn’t slip any further by using the 110th overall pick to select Clemmings.

Clemmings, 23, started the past two years at right tackle for Pittsburgh and was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection. Clemmings has only played offensive tackle for two years after switching from defensive end.

The 6-foot-6, 315-pound tackle was seen by some draft analysts as a potential first-round pick. However, reports started to surface about a foot injury.

Clemmings’ agent, Mike McCartney, addressed the reports in an interview with New Jersey Advance Media.

"It’s been mind boggling,” McCartney told reporter Mark Eckel. "(The foot) has never caused him any pain. He’s never done any rehab on it. He doesn’t even remember hurting it.

"Obviously it’s an injury from a few years ago; and it’s calcified. But I mean he played all year, went to the Senior Bowl, had 11 intensified Pro Days. It’s never been an issue. I’m telling you some team is going to get a steal here in the fourth round."


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