A real fighter at the point of attack. Shows good instincts and technique anticipating the blitz, and can contain pass rushers. Huge in both height and mass, yet also shows good balance and adequate lateral movement. Has worked to improve.
Must keep refining his blocking technique in motion (as he lacks great quickness and punch to get to the second level). Will need to make some adjustments to play guard as a pro (after playing tackle in college).
Above-average offensive lineman.
Career Honors & Awards
2012 (XLVII - Baltimore)
Movements & Injuries
Back surgery, injured reserve.
Tightness in back, out.
Signed by the Baltimore Ravens to a four-year contract.
Drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2nd round (60th Overall) in 2012.
Ravens LG Osemele participating fully | 05/18/2014 11:47 AM
Ravens LG Kelechi Osemele (back surgery) participated 100 percent in workouts this past week.
Osemele underwent surgery to repair a herniated disk back in November. The Ravens haven't been doing anything crazy on the field the past week, but Osemele looks good and will be full-go for training camp. His reinsertion into the starting lineup will be a big boon to the Baltimore offense.
Kelechi Osemele recovering well from surgery | 04/23/2014 8:25 AM
Ravens G/T Kelechi Osemele (back surgery) remains on track with his rehab.
Osemele went under the knife in November and was slapped with a three-month timetable before he could resume real physical activity. Now he's building his body back up. Osemele's return, likely as the starting left guard, will be a nice boost to an offensive line that projects to be vastly improved in 2014.
Ravens plan to keep Osemele at guard | 03/25/2014 7:44 AM
The Ravens plan to keep Kelechi Osemele (back surgery) at left guard.
Jamison Hensley on Twitter
Osemele was a left tackle in college and has played some right tackle in the pros, but the Ravens have internally determined his best position is left guard. From left to right, here's how we project Baltimore's O-Line as it stands: LT Eugene Monroe, LG Osemele, C Jeremy Zuttah, RG Marshal Yanda, RT Rick Wagner. The Ravens would be smart to bring in competition for Wagner at right tackle.
Kelechi Osemele (back) will be ready for OTAs | 02/22/2014 4:33 PM
Ravens LG Kelechi Osemele (back surgery) is expected to participate in the team's offseason program.
Osemele spent the final nine games of 2013 on injured reserve, but has made enough progress that he's expected to be ready for the start of OTAs. He'll likely be asked to move to right tackle with Micheal Oher set to leave in free agency. Osemele is set to make just $694,170 next season and is signed through 2015.
Kelechi Osemele's season is over | 11/04/2013 4:15 PM
Ravens placed LG Kelechi Osemele (back surgery) on injured reserve, ending his season.
24-year-old Osemele was a key component of Baltimore's 2012 Super Bowl run, manhandling the likes of Vince Wilfork and Justin Smith in the playoffs. His play slipped dramatically this year due to back woes that now must be surgically repaired. Osemele is signed cheaply through the 2015 season. He's likely to remain a starter in 2014, but will have to get back to full health.
Ravens LG Osemele (back) likely done for year | 11/01/2013 1:01 PM
Ravens LG Kelechi Osemele (back) is expected to miss the rest of the season.
Jeff Zrebiec on Twitter
Osemele admitted last week that a back injury was affecting his play and that he expected to undergo offseason surgery. Apparently, the Ravens are going to get it fixed now. Osemele played promisingly as a rookie last season but hasn't been the same player in 2013. Michael Oher is scheduled to become a free agent. Osemele could move back to right tackle in 2014 if the Ravens don't bring Oher back. Short-armed center A.Q. Shipley will fill in at left guard.
Ravens LG Osemele dealing with back issues | 10/23/2013 1:25 PM
Ravens LG Kelechi Osemele admits that a back injury has affected his play and he expects to undergo offseason surgery.
"I've been dealing with it for a while and it's getting to the point where I'm going to eventually go ahead and get that fixed," Osemele said. "I was avoiding it for as long as I could, gambling with it. I just can't afford to gamble with it any longer. It's something I definitely have to do something with after the season." Osemele has graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 49 overall guard this season.
Ravens asst GM: Osemele can be outstanding RT | 05/06/2013 8:01 PM
Ravens assistant GM Eric DeCosta says second-year OL Kelechi Osemele has the "skill set to be an outstanding right tackle."
Aaron Wilson on Twitter
Osemele, the No. 60 overall pick in last year's draft, started all 16 regular season games at right tackle as a rookie before moving to left guard for the playoffs. With Bryant McKinnie back in the fold, Osemele will focus on left guard as a sophomore. But left tackle-turned-right tackle Michael Oher is scheduled to be a free agent next offseason, and there have been no talks of a long-term deal.
Kelechi Osemele to focus on left guard | 05/03/2013 2:55 PM
With Bryant McKinnie back in the fold, Ravens second-year OL Kelechi Osemele will focus on left guard this season.
Osemele was shuttled all around the line as a rookie before settling in at left guard and turning in a dominant playoff run. Most memorably, he physically manhandled Vince Wilfork repeatedly in the AFC title game before kicking the tar out of Justin Smith in Super Bowl 47. A dancing bear-slash-mauler at 6-foot-5, 333, Osemele may soon develop into Baltimore's best offensive lineman.
Osemele Ravens' left tackle 'as of now' | 04/16/2013 1:33 PM
GM Ozzie Newsome considers Kelechi Osemele the Ravens' left tackle "as of now."