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2015 NFL Mock Draft: Cincinnati Bengals choose T.J. Clemmings

With the 21st overall pick in the 2015 Bleeding Green Nation community mock draft, Cincinnati Bengals GM Zach_The_Gamecock selects ...

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T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh

The Bengals have needs in both trenches. While they may not be looking for a year one starter on the offensive line, they will be searching for quality depth/future starter. Andrew Whitworth (LT) is well into his thirties and Andre Smith (RT) is entering the final year of his contract. Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson loves to run the ball with power, and Clemmings will be an excellent answer in future seasons. The Bengals will be looking for a guy who can generate movement, and Clemmings did just that, as 20 of his blocks resulted in touchdowns and 79 of them resulted in a defender sitting on his butt in the turf. Clemmings averages 3.9 knockdowns per game. That means he's putting one defender on the turf per quarter.

While he played at Pittsburgh, he contained every pass rusher thrown his way. He had problems against speed rushers, evidenced when he played outside against Virginia Tech and Dadi Nicholas had his way against Clemmings, but he consistently smashed defenders when he was on the interior, where he felt comfortable.

He plays best when he's in shorter sets blocking for the running game. I could go on and on praising him, but since that'd take up too much time, I want to spend on more quick paragraph highlighting a few of his mistakes.

Mistake #1: He's sluggish establishing his pass pro set. Decent coaching can fix this problem before the season even starts, I'd imagine.

Mistake #2: Inconsistent hand placement. All 6 of his sacks allowed over his career came with the defender escaping him with an inside move). However, this is another fault that coaching can easily change.

Mistake #3: Mental errors. He was called for a false start seven times in 12 games last season. That's not terrible, but NCAA officials are a little more lenient making these type of calls than NFL officials are. He'll probably be called much more often in the pro game. Most NFL scouts agree that the mental aspect of his game will probably patch itself up once he gets playing time, though.

2015 BGN Mock Draft Order

1) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (slickpablovick) - Jameis Winston, QB, FSU - [Explanation]
2) Tennessee Titans (mchiodo) - Leonard Williams, DE, USC - [Explanation]
3) Jacksonville Jaguars ("Snax") - Dante Fowler Jr., OLB, UF - [Explanation]
4) Oakland Raiders (kylebruneault) - Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama - [Explanation]
5) Washington Redskins (BigTimeTMZ) - Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon - [Explanation]
6) New York Jets (4thand26) - Kevin White, WR, WVU - [Explanation]
7) Chicago Bears (rohan915) - Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson - [Explanation]
8) Atlanta Falcons (GMinTraining) - Danny Shelton, DT, Washington - [Explanation]
9) New York Giants (Grandpapa Joe) - Landon Collins, S, Alabama - [Explanation]
10) St. Louis Rams (deg0ey) - Brandon Scherff, OL, Iowa - [Explanation]
11) Minnesota Vikings (ablesser88) - Trae Waynes, CB, MSU - [Explanation]
12) Cleveland Browns (djcunningham) - DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville - [Explanation]
13) New Orleans Saints (del.champion) - Shane Ray, DE, Mizzou - [Explanation]
14) Miami Dolphins (drc242) - Jalen Collins, CB, LSU - [Explanation]
15) San Francisco 49ers (SleepingDuck) - Randy Gregory, OLB, NU - [Explanation]
16) Houston Texans (JaviYL) - La'el Collins, OT, LSU - [Explanation]
17) San Diego Chargers (StoneColeKiller58) - Bud Dupree, OLB, UK - [Explanation]
18) Kansas City Chiefs (jimmyrustler) - Andrus Peat, OT, Standford - [Explanation]
19) Cleveland Browns (NowWhat?) - Malcom Brown, DT, Texas - [Explanation]
20) Philadelphia Eagles (sports00fan00) - Jaelen Strong, WR, ASU - [Explanation]
21) Cincinnati Bengals (Zach_The_Gamecock) - T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pitt - [Explanation]
22) Pittsburgh Steelers (KJ Brophy) -
23) Detroit Lions (KamiKazeJEDI) -
24) Arizona Cardinals (ItownBallers22) -
25) Carolina Panthers (AndyMcNabb) -
26) Baltimore Ravens (dceagles) -
27) Dallas Cowboys (kamjam) -
28) Denver Broncos (WubbaLubbaDubDub) -
29) Indianapolis Colts (ei78) -
30) Green Bay Packers (Nka727) -
31) New Orleans Saints (SwoopThereItIs) -
32) New England Patriots (naderg43) -

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