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Ravens OTA Takeaways: Kelechi Osemele most impressive

Offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele is ahead of the game at Ravens OTAs.


June's first week has yet to finish and Kelechi Osemele is already on attack mode.

The gargantuan left guard "jumped out," catching Head Coach John Harbaugh's attention during last Thursday's offseason team activity. According to's Jamison Hensley's notebook, Osemele "showed intensity in every drill."

Osemele should take the cake at left guard, however, the Ravens' are stuck in neutral whether they want the 6-foot-5, 330-pound left guard to stay at his natural position, or relocate to right tackle. His return from back surgery to Super Bowl form is conducive to stabilizing a rocky offensive line that gave up 48 sacks and a deadbeat unit that ranked last in the League averaging 3.1 rush yards per carry.

(2) Hensley observed that Arthur Brown's development is coming along swimmingly. Hensley also indicated that the Ravens' 2013 second-round pick will make plays "on his speed alone."
In NFL's draft analysis of the undersized linebacker, one of the surefire tackler's strengths was that he's an "instinctive player who usually finds the football and plays bigger than his height indicates."

(3) C.J. Mosley is currently running with the Twos. Expect his promotion to come sometime during Training Camp.

(4) Professor Smith's class is now in session. Steve Smith Sr. was sighted teaching Marlon Brown how to run some crisper routes. Veteran leadership and mentorship--undeniably one of the major functions the wide receiving corps lacked in 2013.

(5) Dennis Pitta is cognizant that his role on offense will balloon higher than ever under Gary Kubiak. The tight end gleamed last week on Thursday, getting open in the endzone and making a sliding catch, one that downplayed any concerns about his hip surgery.

(6) Ravens weight issues dropped, literally. Ray Rice is Slim Ray-dy. Courtney Upshaw, who Head Coach John Habaugh called out for being fat (in nicer terms), appeared to be in good shape on the field.

(7) Rookie Timmy Jernigan was seen struggling to win in the trenches against the two-time Pro Bowler Marshal Yanda; eventually the Ravens second-rounder sliced and diced his way into the backfield to make plays.

(8) Constant rain and 50s temperature didn't stop Coach Harbaugh from holding the team's practice outdoors. "AFC North kind of day," he said.

Those words could put a baby Ravens fan to sleep.