Former Pitt offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings was hoping to be selected in the first round of this year's NFL Draft, but he'll have to wait a little longer to hear his name called.
Clemmings had fallen in mock drafts after it was revealed he had a stress fracture in his foot. But even after that news, NFL.com's Mike Mayock still had him going in the first round. Ditto for Rotoworld's Evan Silver, the Washington Post, and SB Nation. It was always a question if he would slide because of it, but FOX Sports' Peter Schrager said he spoke to a few teams and they didn't see it as much of an issue. He played with the injury all year and didn't even know about it.
Don't feel bad for Clemmings. He'll still cash in and my thoughts immediately went to the draft several years ago when Lesean McCoy slipped out of the first round. And, well, he went onto a pretty good career.
While it's not a lock, Clemmings should be selected Friday night in the next two rounds.