NFL Draft Profile: Kelechi Osemele

Almost to be the first player out of Iowa State drafted in the top 2 rounds in over 20 years (Keith Simms, 37th overall, 1990) and quite possibly the highest since the 70s, Kelechi Osemele has good reason to stand out. A big (6’6″ 333lbs) powerful lineman, Osemele started 43 games in college with the final 38 all at left tackle. He’s expected to move inside, but his big frame, long arms and solid athleticism gives him the potential to play RT at the NFL level.

 

Stats:

Osemele redshirted in 2007, started 5 games (mostly at guard) his freshman season, then took over the left tackle spot in 2008, which he held through his senior year in 2011.

 

Combine:

40 Yard Dash: 5.36 seconds

Bench Press: 32 reps

Vertical Jump: 26 1/2 inches

Broad Jump: 8 feet 8 inches

3 Cone Drill: 7.91 seconds

20 Yard Shuttle: 4.87 seconds

 

Pros:

Osemele is a very large, very strong man with a lot of experience on the offensive line. He is a very powerful run blocker and his power made bull rushing him nearly impossible. To the point that former Iowa, now Bucs DE Adrian Clayborn, who had faced Osemele the two previous years, chided his former teammate on twitter during the Iowa-Iowa St game this year for repeatedly trying to bull rush Osemele.

Cons:

Despite his experience there are a number of technique issues commonly pointed out in his game, most often that he doesn’t play low enough. He’s not likely to remain a left tackle in the pros and will need improvement on his pass blocking technique before he could be an acceptable RT.

 

Further Reading:

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