Kelechi Osemele already one of Ravens' best linemen

August 28, 2012|By Mike Preston | The Baltimore Sun

So far, the best rookie from this year's Ravens draft class has been guard/tackle Kelechi Osemele, the second-round pick out of Iowa State. He may not be starting now, but he will be soon, possibly in the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Yes, Osemele is that good. He has great size, foot speed and athleticism. For a young player, he has shown poise and experience in learning the game and picking up blitzes. Plus, he has those long arms, which allows him to keep defensive linemen away from his body.

Osemele is so talented that he can play left tackle if needed. I'm assuming the Ravens will start Bryant McKinnie at left tackle and Michael Oher on the right, but Osemele might start at left guard. He certainly has had a stronger preseason than either McKinnie or left guard Bobbie Williams.

Regardless, the Ravens can't keep him out of the lineup. He is already one of their better linemen.

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