Baltimore Ravens 2013 Breakout Candidate: Kelechi Osemele

Kelechi Osemele

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The Baltimore Ravens have a knack for drafting great offensive linemen and once again, that appears to be the case with their 2012 second-round pick out of  Iowa StateKelechi Osemele.

Osemele was the starting right tackle for the Ravens for all of the regular season, and he did a nice job at that spot. It wasn’t until the playoffs that Osemele was switched to left guard. Bryant McKinnie, who had been riding the bench all of last year, was inserted back in the starting left tackle at the start of the playoffs, which sent Michael Oher to right tackle, which is a more natural fit for him.

As part of the dominoes tipping, Osemele was slotted in to the LG spot, where it was rumored he might be before the season started as part of a long process to replace All-Pro Ben Grubbs, who left via free agency to the New Orleans Saints.

Osemele was a top-line candidate to be the Ravens’ new LT earlier in the off season — that is until McKinnie signed a new two-year deal with the Ravens. This is great news for Osemele, who was outstanding as the LG in the playoffs. In fact, the whole line was incredible in the playoffs, only giving up a mere six sacks of Joe Flacco in the four playoff games.

Assuming McKinnie can stay healthy the whole season, and that’s a big if, this could be one of the best offensive lines in the league. If Osemele can play the whole year at LG, he will be a Pro Bowler — mark my words.

Dan Abeshouse is a Baltimore Ravens Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Danabeshouse82, Like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google


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