The profiles of potential draft picks for the New York Giants in the 2012 NFL Draft continues. Now, the focus is on offensive tackle Kelechi Osemele of Iowa State. Offensive line depth is a priority, even after the Giants signed Sean Locklear from the Washington Redskins this week.
Osemele is one of the best offensive line prospects in this draft. He is a massive man at 6-5, 335 pounds, with 35 inch arms (84-inch wingspan) and massive hands. He played left tackle at Iowa State but will most likely end up at right tackle or be asked to move inside to guard because he doesn’t move very well in space. He plays with an intense mean streak which is evident on rushing plays where he blocks until the whistle blows. He is still raw in the passing game where he reached more than he moved his feet which won’t play at tackle in the NFL. His initial punch could tip over a Volkswagon, or a linebacker. However, he lacks the footwork to slide to the outside to get in the way of speed rushers, especially at the NFL level.
As I said, he is best suited to move inside in the NFL where he won’t be asked to play as much east-west and can focus on using his power to his advantage in the trenches against defensive tackles or blitzing linebackers. He is still a raw prospect but with proper coaching he can develop into a Pro Bowl caliber guard. He is extremely intelligent and was named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll three times so he should be able to learn whatever coaches put in front of him. With work he could develop into a capable right tackle but I love the idea of this guy at guard where he could, in my opinion, develop into another Chris Snee.
Osemele won’t be around long in this draft and he definitely won’t be around past the second round unless some strange stuff happens. I have seen some mock drafts where he has gone in the first round. A player with his size, intelligence, and power are a hard combination to come by. If the Giants used a first round pick on him I wouldn’t be surprised and if he were still available in the second round when the Giants draft I would be shocked.