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Prospect Profiles: Kelechi Osemele

KELECHI OSEMELE, OG/OT, IOWA STATE

TRIANGLE NUMBERS: 6-6, 347, 5.30

SCOUTING REPORTS:

National Football Post:

A powerfully built, naturally girthy offensive lineman who plays left tackle for the Cyclones, but his body type might be better suited to play as a guard. Possesses natural athleticism for his size and he does have the ability to bend and sit into his stance despite getting lazy and bending at the waist at times. Needs to do a better job getting off the snap count on time and not wasting so much motion into his man in the run game. Has a tendency to pop upright off the football, struggles to gain natural leverage and will bend at the waist and extend his arms into contact. Struggles to play as powerfully as his frame would suggest in the run game, especially when he needs to reach a defender off his frame. Displays a powerful set of hands, long arms and can stick through contact. He works his legs to create a push, but seems to roll his hips into defenders and there isn’t a real snap at the point. Moves well and looks coordinated on the move for his size, can drop his pad level and chop down defenders at the second level with the initial quickness to get out of his stance and reach blocks.

Showcases solid initial quickness for his size off the edge, but not enough to hold his own vs. NFL caliber speed rushers. Gets high with his pad level and overextended with his footwork when trying to reach the edge and/or re-direct back inside. Does a nice job keeping his hands up ready to punch and unleashes a quick jolt into contact and will stick through the play. Moves his feet well through contact and can be bit of a velcro player, but he has a tendency to double over at the waist into contact, lose balance and whiff at his target. Can sit into his stance and anchor, but when trying to play fast he gets too high, allowing defenders to get under his pad level and turn the corner.

Has some character concerns that could cause him to slip and had some struggles toward the end of the season due to an ankle injury.

Impression: A big, thick kid with natural strength, athleticism and flexibility. Has improved his technique and overall range off the edge, but is better suited to play inside or on the right side at the next level.

NE Patriots Draft:

Strengths: Elite size, strength, length, and bulk – Physically overpowers defensive linemen – Finishes every block with tenacity – Gets to the second level and punishes linebackers – Looks like a RG or RT to us, but plays LT for Iowa State – Refuses to get pushed back, resetting well after absorbing initial punches – Has improved this year, bending more in the knees now.

Weaknesses: Durability is a concern, has recurring minor ankle issues – Certainly not in elite conditioning shape – Over-extends at times – Needs some technique refinement if he stays at tackle, will be better with his hand on the ground.

FF Toolbox:

Osemele has a ton of potential and could project almost anywhere along the offensive line in the NFL. He’s built like a brick wall at 6’6″ and 347 pounds. Has very long arms, good athleticism, and is very powerful. He’ll likely end up at right tackle since he’s just not quick enough to seal the edge if he played on the left.

The bottom line here is that Osemele is a very raw prospect who at times struggles to maintain technique. Since he’s so strong, there are times when he doesn’t set his feet properly or extend his arms to initiate contact. He needs to remember to stay low, bend his knees, and absorb contact.

That said, the sky is the limit here and given his penchant for both pass and run blocking, NFL teams are going to love this guy. His mean streak (something all offensive linemen must have) is unquestioned. He is looking to take guys out every play. Osemele’s elite size, strength, and bulk are all going to pass the eye-ball test for scouts and he’s going to catch a lot of attention because of it.

VIDEO:

None available. Not much video on guards.

GiantsGab Thoughts:

Kelechi Ossemele is an absolutely huge offensive line prospect. Played left tackle in college, but is better suited for right tackle or guard. He has tremendous size. Strong, athletic. Can overpower defenders. Not quick enough, hence the move to the right side, or inside. Has durability concerns. Needs to work on technique. But his size/strength combo is very intriguing. He’s absolutely huge, 6-6, 347. Can’t teach that size and power. Osemele is probably not ready Day 1, but he has so much potential. If the Giants decide they are going to stay with Kevin Boothe or David Diehl or a veteran at left guard, then they can draft Osemele and let him develop and then unleash his potential. 2nd or 3rd round. Comes down to what they do in the offseason. If they need a plug and play guy in the draft, that’s not Osemele. But if they decide to develop a guard, that Osemele could be that guy.

PREVIOUS PROFILES:

RB:

David Wilson

LaMichael James

WR:

Juron Criner

Marvin McNutt

TE:

Coby Fleener

Dwayne Allen

Ladarius Green

OT:

Mitchell Schwartz

Mike Adams

OG:

Cordy Glenn

Brandon Washington

DE:

Malik Jackson

Chandler Jones

DT:

DaJohn Harris

Mike Martin

LB:

Luke Keuchly

Zach Brown

Lavonte David

CB:

Casey Hayward

Brandon Boykin

S:

George Iloka

Harrison Smith


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3 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: Kelechi Osemele”

  1. Big Daddy says:

    I watched him closely and his technique makes me want to hid my eyes when watching him. For a huge man he can move but he is a project, I do not understand why he was ranked so highly. I’m sure when the draft goes down he will drop to where he should be although because of his size/speed/athleticism someone will reach for him. he did play out of position, he is a guard or possibly a right tackle, he does not have the foot work to play left tackle.

    You might be able to plug him in-between some veterans at the guard position and live with his mistakes until he becomes a more professional polished player. He’s only a fit for certain offensive line schemes. I don’t see him ever really making an impact.

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