2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Kelechi Osemele, OL, Iowa State

by Cory J. Bonini on April 6, 2012 @ 10:48:28 PDT

 


Iowa State offensive tackle Kelechi Osemele may have to transition to guard after finding a suitor in the 2012 NFL Draft. The senior has the size for right tackle, but his bulk makes him a better fit for the interior of the line.

Kelechi Osemele, OL, Iowa State
Positional flexibility

Strengths

  • Versatility - can play inside or at right tackle in a power-blocking scheme
  • Great strength (32 reps on bench press) and size (6-foot-5 1/2, 333 pounds)
  • Massive wingspan (35 7/8-inch arms) and hands (10 1/4 inches)
  • Plays with a mean streak
  • Recognizes blitzes
  • Explosively fires out of his stance
  • Good balance that stems from a wide stance
  • Mauler as a run blocker and surprisingly athletic as a pass protector

Weaknesses

  • Tends to be overly aggressive, leading to whiffs and penalties
  • Struggles pulling and getting to the second level in a hurry
  • Leverage tends to be a problem - has a hard time against low-dipping edge rushers at tackle
  • Limited skill set and lacks technique
  • Will be a project at offensive guard and my struggle at tackle against NFL-caliber competition

Expected draft placement

Osemele will draw attention in the mid-second round and shouldn't slide beyond the middle of the third. His potential versatility, size and strength means someone will take a chance on him at either guard or tackle during the second day. 

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