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Pitt's Clemmings among several local players chosen in NFL Draft on Saturday

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Fourth and fifth round see five local players selected

Several players with local ties were drafted in the fourth and fifth rounds of Saturday's NFL Draft.

Pitt offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings was the first local player chosen on Saturday, going to the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth round with the 110th overall pick. Initially projected as a first-round prospect, he fell to the fourth round after being recently diagnosed with a foot stress fracture. Clemmings earned first team All-ACC status and second team All-America recognition as a senior.

The fifth round featured Nittany Lions safety Adrian Amos, who went to the Chicago Bears at 142 overall, while teammate Jesse James, a tight end from South Allegheny High School, was drafted by his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers at 160 overall.

Amos was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection as a senior after recording 42 tackles (30 solo) and tying for the team lead with three interceptions. His play earned him a spot in the 2015 Reese’s Senior Bowl. For his career, Amos made a team-high 38 starts, including the last 37 games. A starter at safety and cornerback the past three seasons, he was second on the team with seven pass break-ups and had 10 passes defended.

James started every game in 2013 and 2014, catching 78 passes in his career for 1,005 yards with 11 touchdowns. His 11 career touchdown catches are the most by a tight end in Penn State history.

Three West Virginia players were selected on Saturday: offensive guard Mark Glowinski by Seattle (fourth round/134th overall), defensive end Shaq Riddick to Arizona (fifth round/158th overall) and wide receiver Mario Alford (seventh round/238th overall) to the Bengals.

Mountaineers wide‬ receiver Kevin White was the first local player off the board on Thursday night, selected seventh by the Chicago Bears.

White is expected to fill the hole the Bears created by trading five-time Pro Bowler Brandon Marshall. The 6-3, 215-pound White ran a 4.3 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine this winter. He caught 109 passes for 1,447 yards for the Mountaineers last season.

White played high school football at Emmaus High School in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. He spent two seasons playing junior college ball at Lackawanna College in Scranton, PA, before going to West Virginia.

"Kevin has worked extremely hard and dedicated himself to become one of the best receivers in the country and a first-round NFL draft pick," said West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen. "I continue to say that he has a huge upside and will have a great NFL career."

White was the only local player drafted in the first round. Pitt offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings and Penn State's Donovan Smith and Jesse James are projected to get drafted on day two.

Only one local player was selected on the draft's second day when Penn State offensive lineman Donovan Smith was drafted 34th overall by the Buccaneers.

The 6-6, 338-pound Smith played left tackle most of his time with the Nittany Lions, earning recognition as a preseason Outland Trophy candidate heading into the 2014 campaign. Smith, who bypassed his senior year of eligibility, is considered versatile enough to move inside if he does not stay at left tackle.

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