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Ravens Draft Tracker: Kelechi Osemele

Here is a draft tracker I did on Osemele in February:

Kelechi Osemele Tackle #72, Iowa. 6'5" 337lbs

The Ravens need help on the offensive line. Drafting a tackle to replace Bryant McKinnie would make sense if they saw someone they liked late in the first round. has the Ravens selecting Osemele in the first round in their latest mock draft. With center Matt Birk and guard Ben Grubbs both free agents, the Ravens will be looking to bolster the interior of their offensive line. Osemele's massive 6-5, 350-pound frame, pure strength and tenacity should open holes for Baltimore's star running back Ray Rice.

Here is what has to say about Osemele.

Osemele is a player who will need strong coaching and guidance once entering the NFL, but if he finds his way and becomes a consistent player, he stands to be a dominant lineman based off his production and film at Iowa State. He has great athletic ability and gets off the line very quickly. He understands, for the most part, blocking with angles and within a scheme, and has the natural upper strength to keep on his blocks once he gets to them. When using technique, Osemele is one of the more powerful and dominant blockers in the country. Very rarely do defenders release themselves from his blocks, and if he can learn to get to the block sooner at the NFL level, he can be a stalwart for years to come. His potential as a go-to run blocker for the next decade could find him selected as early as the first round.

I'm not sure that Baltimore would take a flier on someone that could go either way in the first round but if this guy goes to the right organization he could be nasty.

Here is some info. on Osemele from

Awards and Honors
2011 Co-captain ... 2011 Sports Illustrated first-team All-American … 2011 first-team All-Big 12 selection (AP, Coaches) … 2011 Rotary Lombardi Watch List (Rotary Club of Houston's Most Outstanding Lineman) ... 2011 Outland Trophy Watch List (Nation's Best Interior Lineman) ... Phil Steele's College Football Preview 2011 Preseason First-Team All-America and First-Team All-Big 12 ... The Sporting News 2011 College Football Preview Second-Team All-America and First-Team All-Big 12 ... Lindy's Sports 2011 College Football Preview Second-Team All-American and First-Team All-Big 12 ... 2009 AP second-team All-Big 12 ... 2010 Honorable mention All-Big 12 (AP, Coaches) ... Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (F07, S08, F10) ... 2007 Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year.

Earned All-American honors from Sports Illustrated, becoming the first Cyclone to earn All-America honors since Ben Bruns in 2000 … first-team all-conference honoree from both the media and coaches … started all 13 games for the Cyclones, finishing his career with 44 consecutive starts … played in 49 games in his career … projected as a 2012 first-round NFL draft pick (Fox,,,

Earned honorable mention all-conference honors … started and played in every game … has started 30 straight games and played in 36 in his career.

Started every game en route to second-team all-Big 12 honors.

Played in every game, starting five contests.

Redshirted initial collegiate season.

High School
Helped lead District 17-5A Region III Langham Creek to 6-4 record senior year ... saw action at right tackle ... coached by Mac Woodfin.