Oct 8, 2011; Waco, TX, USA; Iowa State Cyclones offensive linesman Kelechi Osemele (72) warms up before the game against the Baylor Bears at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears defeated the Cyclones 49-26. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

Baltimore Ravens Select Kelechi Osemele, OL, Iowa State 2012 NFL Draft Grade

With the 60th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens have selected Kelechi Osemele, OT, Iowa State

Here is our report on Osemele:

Big, athletic, powerful offensive lineman who has been a pre-season All American by most major outlets, either first or second team. One of the best interior offensive line prospects in the country, Osemele will spend this season playing left tackle for the Cyclones so he has versatility to play outside if the need should arise, but most scouts are projecting him to move into the guard position in the NFL. He is an All Big 12 performer and has started every game over the last two years. One of the captains of the Iowa State football team, Osemele enters this season as a projected lock for the top 64 picks in the 2012 NFL Draft.

 

Kelechi Osemele, OL, Iowa State

Pros–Great size, been a starter for a while, can play tackle or guard, smart kid, team leader, powerful run blocker, solid in pass blocking, long arms, really long arms, quickness, versatile will be able to play tackle on some teams…

Cons–Always for OL you think they could use better footwork, has durability concerns, don’t want to see his weight balloon, raw needs to be coached up a lot…

Player comparison: Mike Iupati, 49ers (except Iupati is more athletic)

I’ll continue to look for a better comparison. They compare because they have the ideal size/strength/size of a guard prospect. They’ve also played against “lesser” competition, and have quick enough feet where they are considered as tackles in some systems. I think Iupati was better with his technique coming into the league.

 

Pick Grade: B+

This is a very solid pick for the Ravens, who had a great second round. Osemele is a mauler who can play right tackle or guard. When I talked to him before the draft, he compared himself to his new teammate, Ravens tackle Michael Oher.

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