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2015 NFL DRAFT

Kelechi Osemele, OT

School: Iowa State  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Houston, TX
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 333 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
5572
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04/30/2012 - The Ravens' haul of eight draft picks included four players apiece on offense and defense. The Ravens needed to identify potential replacements at guard with Pro Bowl offensive guard Ben Grubbs signing a $36 million contract with the New Orleans Saints; at strong-side linebacker after Jarret Johnson signed a $19 million contract with the San Diego Chargers and at running back after Ricky Williams abruptly retired after the season. "You always try to draft the best player out there and try to make your team as strong as you can," Harbaugh said. "There's also the element of need. All three of these guys (Upshaw, Osemele and Pierce) are probably at positions where they can help us right away. We have some opportunity in there for these guys to play." - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Ravens' picks: Round 2/60 - Kelechi Osemele, OT, 6-5, 333, Iowa State...Osemele excelled in big games. He once did a nice job against former Iowa defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn. A left tackle in college, he projects best to left guard due to a lack of elite mobility. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - OT Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State -- Maybe he's a guard, as many scouts project, or maybe he's the future at tackle opposite Michael Oher with the Ravens. Osemele's prototype body type makes him a nice fit on the edge, but he's tentative and needs NFL coaching to realize potential.

04/02/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP OFFENSIVE LINEMEN: Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State, 6-6, 333...That's pronounced kah-LETCH-ee oh-sem-AH-lee, and scouts know it well. Osemele may be stronger than he is big, which is saying something. While some players use a strong base and others rely on a powerful upper body, Osemele has both. He has incredible reach (35??-inch arms and an 85??-inch wingspan) and massive hands (10 3/8 inches) that make him hard to escape. He seems to enjoy using that strength most on run blocking, where he overwhelms defenders. He is a bit more tentative as a pass blocker and must work on recognizing what is happening there. A hard-working student on and off the field, Osemele made the academic Honor Roll three times and was selected All-Big 12 first team in 2011. He played in 49 games and started 43 in a row despite missing most of one game last year with a severely sprained ankle. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

03/21/2012 - Iowa State Pro Day: Though the draft stock of offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele was not nearly as in flux as his former teammate's, the massive four-year starter helped himself with a solid positional workout of his own. Weighing in six pounds less than he did at the Combine (333 pounds), Osemele certainly didn't lose his power nearly knocking over coaches and former teammates helping out during his blocking drills. Other than his positional drills, Osemele elected to stand on the results he'd posted at the Combine. An estimated 30 NFL teams were represented. There were not a lot of decision-makers in the audience, though Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson was a notable exception. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 44. Kelechi Osemele, OG, Iowa State, 6-5, 333, 2...That's pronounced kah-LETCH-ee oh-sem-AH-lee, and pro scouts know it well. Osemele may be stronger than he is big, which is saying something. While some players use a strong base and others rely on a powerful upper body, Osemele has both. He seems to enjoy using that strength most on run blocking, where he overwhelms most defenders. He is a bit more tentative as a pass blocker and must work on recognizing what is happening there. A hard working student on and off the field, Osemele made the academic Honor Role three times and was selected All-Big 12 Conference first team in 2011. He played in 49 games and started 43 in a row despite missing most of one game last year with a severely sprained ankle. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

12/10/2011 - 2011 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State, Sr., has been selected All-Big 12 Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season as voted on by the league's 10 head coaches, who are not permitted to vote for their own players. Osemele, a senior from Houston, Texas, is a consensus first-team All-Big 12 honoree by the league's writers and coaches. The offensive tackle is rated highly by many NFL scouts. He has started 43 straight games at Iowa State, the longest such streak on the team. Osemele has played in 49 Cyclone games. - Iowa State football

12/09/2011 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL INVITE: Iowa State all-Big 12 offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele and all-conference cornerback Leonard Johnson have been selected to play in the 2012 Senior Bowl, scheduled for Jan. 28, 2012 in Mobile, Ala. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The game will be nationally televised by the NFL Network. Kickoff is 3 p.m. (CST). Osemele, a senior from Houston, Texas, is a consensus first-team All-Big 12 honoree by the league's writers and coaches. The offensive tackle is rated highly by many NFL scouts. He has started 43 straight games at Iowa State, the longest such streak on the team. Osemele has played in 49 Cyclone games. Quarterback Seneca Wallace (2003), defensive tackle Jordan Carstens (2004) and nose guard Athyba Rubin (2008), who all made NFL rosters, were the last three Iowa Staters to play in the Senior Bowl. - Iowa State football

10/03/2011 - OT Kelechi Osemele re-injured his right ankle in the fourth quarter vs. Texas and didn't return. He initially suffered the injury during fall camp. - The Sports Xchange

09/16/2011 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Iowa State will look to replicate its 473 yard output from last week against a Connecticut defense that likes to confuse offenses by disguising what it will run. The Huskies allow only 214 yards a game. ISU likes where it's offensive line, receiver and quarterback play is, but want more out of the running backs, who haven't run vertically enough this season for the coaching staff. OT Kelechi Osemele reinjured his sprained right ankle against Iowa. He played most of the game. ISU isn't too worried about Osemele (sprained right ankle). Head coach Paul Rhoads joked that Osemele left the last game in better physical health than he entered it. - The Sports Xchange

09/09/2011 - WEEK 2 FIVE ON THE SPOT: 3. Iowa State LT Kelechi Osemele...The massive Osemele (pronounced oh-sem-AH-lee) is listed at 6-foot-6, 347 pounds, yet handles his left tackle responsibilities the past two seasons with aplomb. They're playing rival Iowa for the Cy-Hawk Trophy this weekend; although Broderick Binns is not quite as talented as 2011 first round pick Adrian Clayborn, Hawkeyes' defensive ends are always ready for battle. Osemele's sheer girth and arm length make it very difficult for rush ends to get around him to the quarterback. But to stay at tackle (on the left or right side) at the next level, he must show to scouts he has the footwork and recovery speed to adjust when quicker defenders make moves inside or prevent a secondary rush when the play is extended. Iowa's athletic junior left tackle, Riley Reiff, could prove to be a interesting comparison for scouts in this game. - Chad Reuter, NFLDraftScout.com

09/07/2011 - Since Paul Rhoads arrived at Iowa State, Iowa has owned the in-state rivalry. The Hawkeyes have won the last two games by a combined score of 70-10. That dominance has started up front, on both sides of the line, and if the Cyclones are going to win their first game over Iowa since 2007 it's going to be because of its linemen. "We've gotten man handled at the line of scrimmage both years and if we are going to change the outcome that's where it's going to start," Rhoads said. While Iowa lost three starting defensive linemen, including first-round NFL pick Adrian Clayborn, and two starting offensive linemen to graduation, the Hawkeyes are known for winning games in the trenches regardless of who returns each season. Rhoads said Iowa's linemen are once again a strength of this year's team. It doesn't help ISU that both of its lines are dealing with injuries. Starting defensive end Roosevelt Maggitt is likely out for the season with a knee injury while defensive tackle Stephen Ruempolhamer is still recovering from meniscus surgery a week before the season opener. Also, offensive tackle Kelechi Osemele sprained his ankle during a 20-19 win over Northern Iowa. Both Ruempolhammer and Osemele are expected to start against the Hawkeyes. - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2011 - OT Kelechi Osemele missed significant time against Northern Iowa with a sprained ankle. He doesn't believe it should keep him from playing against Iowa. - The Sports Xchange

09/03/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: OT Kelechi Osemele was a first- or second-team All-American selection by most preseason publications. NFL scouts are already drooling over the senior offense lineman, but before he goes to the pros he'll protect Jantz's blind side this fall. - The Sports Xchange

08/25/2011 - Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads is glad to have Kelechi Osemele blocking for the Cyclones. At 6-foot-6 and 347 pounds, Osemele not only is the biggest player among Iowa State's regulars, he's also the most highly regarded. "Thank goodness he's on our side," Rhoads said. Osemele is listed on numerous preseason All-Big 12 and All-America teams. He's a marked man on the Cyclones' offensive line and if he isn't taken in the first round of the NFL draft next year, he could go shortly thereafter. All that hype probably will motivate any defensive lineman who stares into Osemele's facemask and that's fine, he says. It motivates him, too. "That happens with anybody that has notoriety because you have only so many opportunities to play certain guys. It's going to be a motivator," he said. "I'll definitely have to be on my game every game because everybody is going to have to show what they're made of. "It's going to make me bring my `A' game every single game." Off the field, Osemele smiles and laughs easily and talks in a big baritone voice. On the field is a different matter. Rhoads often talks about how Osemele manhandles opponents and stays on his block until the play is over. "I try to make every guy who lines up against me remember my name," Osemele said. When the Cyclones open the season against Northern Iowa on Sept. 3, Osemele will start his 31st consecutive game. "I'm really pleased with KO's offseason and his ability to work on his flexibility and what we refer to as bending," Rhoads said. "He's bending his hips in a much better manner that will allow him to finish blocks in a way that draws attention. I think he deserves everything he's been given." - AP Sports

08/24/2011 - The Cyclones believe they have enough pieces in place elsewhere on the offense to help ease the new starting quarterback into things. The offensive line is led by left tackle, Kelechi Osemele, a consensus first- or second-team All-American. Sophomore Shontrelle Johnson will lead a stable of running backs expected to match, if not surpass, the production of last year's starter Alexander Robinson. Also, if wideout Darius Reynolds can make plays like he did in the spring, the receiving corps will take a step forward. - The Sports Xchange

08/24/2011 - If the preseason accolades are any indication, Iowa State OT Kelechi Osemele could be in for a special senior season. He's made virtually every preseason first- or second- All-America team. He's a preseason first-team All-Big 12 lineman and is on the Outland Trophy watch list. Also, Rivals.com rated him the 35th best player in the nation. The Cyclones will face one of the nation's most grueling schedules in 2011. ISU will play 11 teams from BCS conferences. Nine of those teams made bowl games last season, including Oklahoma and Connecticut, who both made the Fiesta Bowl. "It's a challenge that our kids embrace," Rhoads said. "We've had success quickly in years one and two, and we're going to have to meet that challenge if we're going to have success going forward." - The Sports Xchange

08/09/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 CONFERENCE TEAM (MEDIA): OL Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State, Sr, has been selected to the 2011 Preseason All-Big 12 Football team in voting conducted by media representatives who cover the Conference. Osemele is a consensus pre-season first or second-team All-American at offensive tackle. Osemele is a two-time all-Big 12 selection. The Houston native has made the preseason watch lists of the Outland Trophy (nation's top interior lineman) and the Lombardi Award. - Iowa State football

07/13/2011 - 2011 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Kelechi Osemele, OT, Iowa St., (Honorable Men. All-Big 12 in 2010, 2nd Team Big 12 in 2009), has been selected to the Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason watch list for the 2011 college football season. Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense of defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, and linebackers who set up no father than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. This is the 42nd year that the Rotary Lombardi Award has named the nation's college lineman of the year. - The Rotary Lombardi Award Committee

07/11/2011 - 2011 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State, OT, has been selected one of 65 players named to Preseason Outland Trophy Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The Outland Trophy goes to the best interior lineman in college football, presented annually since 1946 and is the third oldest award in major college football. Osemele, a Houston native, is a consensus pre-season first or second-team All-American at offensive tackle. Osemele is a two-time all-Big 12 selection. - Iowa State football

 
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04/30/2012 - The Ravens' haul of eight draft picks included four players apiece on offense and defense. The Ravens needed to identify potential replacements at guard with Pro Bowl offensive guard Ben Grubbs signing a $36 million contract with the New Orleans Saints; at strong-side linebacker after Jarret Johnson signed a $19 million contract with the San Diego Chargers and at running back after Ricky Williams abruptly retired after the season. "You always try to draft the best player out there and try to make your team as strong as you can," Harbaugh said. "There's also the element of need. All three of these guys (Upshaw, Osemele and Pierce) are probably at positions where they can help us right away. We have some opportunity in there for these guys to play." - The Sports Xchange

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