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McShay, Kiper agree on Panthers selecting tackle T.J. Clemmings

2/26/2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – ESPN draft analysts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. are on the same page when it comes to who the Carolina Panthers will take with the 25th pick of the NFL draft.

McShay has Carolina selecting Pittsburgh offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings in his latest mock draft. Kiper also had the Panthers taking the 6-foot-4, 313-pound senior in his most recent projection.

The Panthers obviously are looking for a tackle, specifically a left tackle now that it’s clear 2014 starter Byron Bell will not return. Clemmings might be a better fit on the right side, so even if the Panthers draft a tackle in the first round, look for them to sign one in free agency.

They recently had Michael Oher, released by the Tennessee Titans, in for a visit.

I still wouldn’t be surprised to see Carolina take a defensive tackle or a speed wide receiver at No. 25. Florida State defensive lineman Eddie Goldman might be available. Much depends on what happens in free agency.