The Baltimore Ravens filled their biggest need Friday night in round two of the 2012 NFL Draft, as the team selected Kelechi Osemele, an offensive lineman from Iowa State, with the 60th overall pick.
The 6-foot-6, 333-pound Osemele played left tackle in college but a lot of scouts see him as a guard in the NFL. Osemele will likely compete with second-year man Jah Reid for the Ravens’ starting left guard spot, which Ben Grubbs left vacant when he signed with the New Orleans Saints earlier this offseason.
Osemele, who earned All-Big 12 honors this past season, is renowned for his aggressive blocking style and athleticism.
Understanding the hole at left guard, the Ravens were linked to other offensive linemen including Wisconsin center/guard Peter Konz in the days and months leading up to the draft.
While a number of offensive linemen, including Konz, were selected before the Ravens picked, Osemele is a guy who will address the Ravens’ need to get stronger in the trenches.