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 Post subject: Kelechi Osemele, OG/OT, Iowa State
PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 4:35 pm 
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KELECHI OSEMELE
6-5.5/333
Iowa State Senior
40: 5.36

PROS:

Massive blocker that has good strength and uses his bulk well. Does a good job when angle blocking on the defensive tackle, using his size to get the seal and open up running lanes. Flashes poop and power when going straight-ahead as a run blocker. Can use his size well to get the seal on the second level against the linebacker. Shows power to jolt rusher back with one hand and knock him off his rush when he gets his hands on him. Will flash mean streak, throwing a defender to get the ground. Plays with his hands high and tight when setting up in pass protection, and uses his long arms to get extension on the edge. Moves well and at times will showcase good knee bend for a player of his size.

CONS:

Slow and lumbering, and looks heavy when asked to move. SLow to get on the second level and lacks fluidity and suddeness in any of his movements. Struggles to locate moving targets in space and struggles to adjust. Is too slow into his pass set on the edge, even when working out of a two-point stance. Doesn't have the feet to stay in front of speed and opens up his stance too early. Slides his feet too often. Is a waist bender that gets overextended and allows defenders to get under him and turn the corner. Struggles to adjust to the quick inside move. Lacks coordination on the edge to deliver a punch and needs to do a better job initiating contact. Has a tendency to grab at times when blocking in space. Struggles to get his hands inside when run blocking and will miss on the kick-out block at times because of it. Doesn't show the sort of pop and ability to fire off the ball when he lines up in a three-point stance. Can be late reacting to snap and will get overextended. Doesn't get quite as much push for his size due to sloppy hand placement and can't lock on and show leg drive. Needs to take better angles and doesn't quite know how to get position. Doesn't consistently finish his blocks.

OVERVIEW:

Osemele is a big guy that flashes athleticism and good strength, but he's fairly raw. He spent almost all of his time at Iowa State at left tackle, but he was miscast in that role. You like his upside, but he's raw and unlikely to make early contributions. He'll have to be coached up at the next level. He was at his best in pass protection when he was covered up by the tight end, suggesting if he does play tackle on the next level it will likely require him moving to right tackle. His name is pronounced: kah-LETCH-ee oh-sem-AH-lee.

2011 GAMES WATCHED:

(9/16) at UConn: 1 key block, 2 penalties (false start), Downfield: 0/3, Cut: 1/1
(11/18) vs. Oklahoma St: 1 pressure, 2 missed blocks, 1 penalty (false start), Downfield: 3/6, Cut: 2/2
(12/30) vs. Rutgers: 1 key block, 0.5 pressures, 1 penalty (false start), Downfield: 2/3, Cut: 0/1

CAREER STATS:

2011: 13/13, left tackle
2010: 12/12, left tackle
2009: 13/13, left tackle
2008: 11/6, left guard (5), right tackle (1)
2007: redshirt

NFL FORECAST:

Osemele has talent and upside, but he's the classic boom/bust prospect. If he can be coached up, he could be one of the better guards in the league. If he cannot, then he'll struggle and be a potential liability for the team that drafts him. He's one of those players that is too raw makign it hard to imagine him being a major contributor early in his NFL career. One player I would compare him to is someone like Deuce Lutui. But Lutui started and produced early for the Cardinals, and I think the main reason was having a good position coach like Russ Grimm. If Osemele doesn't have an experience and established coach like that, or experienced veterans around him he could struggle quite a bit with inconsistency. Another good comparison rather than Lutui might be Max Jean-Gilles, who sat for two years in Philadelphia, and was an inconsistent starter for them afterwards. If he develops, then he'll go the route of a player like Bobbie Williams, who similarly sat for years in Philly before landing in Cincinnati and becoming a more effective starter. Like Williams, he has the potential to be a top run blocker and might wind up being more valuable to the team that signs him on his second contract rather than the one that drafts him. He was fairly susceptible to false starts in college, and I think that could follow him to the pros. He's just not a particularly polished or cerebral player. I think he'll fit best inside, where his less polished technique will be less of a liability and his superior size and strength should be more of an asset. But I also think he could be competent as a right tackle if he develops. He tends to punch with his right hand, which I think indicates that he's probably better suited to play on the right side of the line. Like I said before, he's a boom/bust prospect because he's sort of the classic case of a team getting enamored with his physical tools and potential, and ignoring how raw he is and the fact that despite his experience he remains fairly unpolished. One of the reasons why I compare him to Lutui is because he looks too heavy. I don't know of any specific instances of his weight ballooning like Lutui, but the potential is there. He's one of those players that I think will take some time to develop, and anybody expecting him to start as a rookie, or even be more than a backup his first two or three years is probably going to be disappointed. But four or five years from now, he'll be either a good starter or squandering on the bench somewhere as a journeyman. He should be able to add depth for most teams because of his ability and potential to play both guard and tackle.

NFL COMPARISON:

Max Jean-Gilles, Panthers (formerly).

ATL FORECAST:

Osemele has potential to be a good player for the Falcons, but is questionable whether he'll be able to offer an immediate upgrade at right guard. He could certainly challenge for the starting spot, but if he were to be a rookie starter he'd like be very inconsistent. But with good coaching, he could develop and the Falcons could start to see more consistent production by his third season. But a big part of his success in Atlanta will depend on whether he'll take to coaching, so whether the Falcons deem to be a high character player with a good work ethic will be integral to his success. And given his lack of development over the past few years at Iowa State, one wonders if that is the case. He projects best to playing right guard and has the potential to be a good starter for the Falcons, but he's probably not the ideal candidate since his length to impact could be too long.

VALUE:

Osemele's upside makes him worth a second round pick because of his potential to be an impact run blocker for some team down the road. But because he may take time to develop, he's probably a much safer pickup in the third or fourth round.

SKILLS:
1-pathetic, 2-poor, 3-weak, 4-below average, 5-average, 6-above average, 7-good, 8-very good, 9-excellent, 10-elite

Strength: 8.0
Pass Blocking: 5.0
Run Blocking: 7.0
Footwork: 4.0
Technique: 5.5
Mobility: 3.5
Mean Streak: 5.5

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