The Cleveland Browns may be in the market for an offensive lineman in the draft this year. Will they use one of their two first-round picks to nab one on the first day? The possibility seems to remain open.
Last week offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings out of Pittsburgh wrote in a USA TODAY article that he has already worked out for the Browns, as well as four other teams, including the Colts, Vikings, Buccaneers, and Cardinals. All of which, he said, are interested in keeping him at tackle.
The workouts usually last no more than a half hour. They put you through bag drills to see your punch, some run blocking stuff to see your get-off ... some footwork drills for your pass sets, pulling around cones and things like that. It's nothing I haven't done before, so it's not too bad.
Although it varies where Clemmings grades out among his fellow top o-lineman in this year's draft class, he's generally considered to be a first-round selection, but near the latter half, putting him in play for Cleveland's No. 19 overall pick acquired from the Bills.
Out of high school, Clemmings was recruited by Pittsburgh as a highly-rated defensive end. It wasn't until his junior year of college that he moved to the offensive side of the ball, where he went on to start the next 26 games over his final two seasons at right tackle, and emerging as an NFL prospect.
Although he's still considered to be "inexperienced" and "raw" at the position, NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein praised his footwork, ability to move in space, change direction, and finish. Ultimately, NFL.com graded him as someone that should become an "instant starter."