Kelechi Osemele 2012 NFL Draft prospect notes

Our work is never finished here at Mocking the Draft as we are already looking to 2012.  The summer will feature a lot of prospect evaluations that we will build upon during the season.

Kelechi Osemele
6'5, 335 pounds | Offensive guard/tackle | Iowa St.

First word:
Osemele is going to be a prospect that NFL scouts and teams love.  He possesses great size and good athletic ability.  His potential is through the roof which is what could facilitate a major jump up draft boards.  He is a powerful player with the ability to pass protect and run block.  His strong lower half allows him to anchor after contact and avoid being pushed into the pocket.  Osemele has quick enough feet to reach the edge against most rushers.  However, he doesn't have elite foot speed which will likely mean a move to right tackle or guard.  As a run blocker, Osemele possess the ideal size, strength, and explosion.

While Osemele is a good prospect he still needs to put in a ton of work.  He really struggles with the consistency of his technique.  He has a tendency to get over extended and bend at the waste impacting his balance.  Osemele needs to work harder to get inside hands as he often finds himself clutching the defenders shoulders.  All of these issues can be corrected and will be something to watch this season.

Overall, potential is going to be the name of the game with Osemele.  There are not many players with his combination of size and athletic ability.  If he improves his technique, Osemele could easily be one of the better offensive line prospects of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Bold statement: Osemele has the ability and potential that could push him into the top 15 of the 2012 draft.

Games viewed: Oklahoma ('10), Texas ('10)


Kelechi Osemele
6'5, 335 pounds | Offensive guard/tackle | Iowa St.

Notes:

  • Osemele is a massive person with good weight distribution
  • He possesses long arms
  • There is a nastiness to Osemele's game
  • His overall athletic ability is surprising as he has good fluid motions
  • Osemele is able to quickly move his feet while remaining balanced
  • Due to a powerful base, Osemele is able to hold at the point and anchor after initial contact
  • He possesses the ability the bend at his knees but reaches to often resulting in a bend at the waste
  • His technique is plagued with inconsistencies
  • From time to time, he raises his pad level, bends at the waist, gets his hands on the shoulder of the defender, and has wasted hand motions
  • He has quick feet but that quickness is not elite
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