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Report: Pitt OT Clemmings has stress fracture in foot

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Pittsburgh offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings has a stress fracture in his foot revealed during a recent workout with an NFL team, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

The No. 29-rated overall prospect by NFLDraftScout.com, Clemmings (6-feet-5, 309 pounds) is considered a raw offensive tackle with a high ceiling. However, the stress fracture could affect his draft stock as there are several offensive line prospects with similar grades, including LSU’s La’el Collins (No. 23), Florida’s D.J. Humphries (No. 30) and Oregon’s Jake Fisher (No. 33).

According to the report, Clemmings was experiencing no pain and had no idea about the stress fracture.

Clemmings, who has been compared to New England Patriots tackle Sebastian Vollmer, is currently projected to go No. 28 to the Denver Broncos in the mock drafts of NFLDraftScout.com analysts Rob Rang and Dane Brugler.

Clemmings was a defensive end until two years ago, recording 20 tackles in eight games. He made the switch to right tackle full-time in 2013 and went on to start every game over the past two seasons. Raw at the position, Clemmings is considered to have strong upside, with many scout pointing to the success of former quarterback/tight end/defensive end Lane Johnson, who was selected with the fourth overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles two years ago.

How the reported stress fracture affects Clemmings’ draft stock remains to be seen.

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