Iowa State OT Kelechi Osemele visits Lions facility

Posted Mar 14, 2012

Some draft analysts have described former Iowa State offensive tackle Kelechi Osemele as a "raw" prospect who will need some refining once he gets to the NFL.

Asked about that during his visit to the Lions' training facility in Allen Park, Tuesday, Osemele couldn't agree more.

"It's very true and an accurate depiction of my technique," Osemele said. "I haven't really been coached up on it. I've been able to get by without it."

Osemele said that's the one thing that makes him most excited about the NFL. All the physical tools are there for Osemele (6-6, 333), he says he just needs the coaching to become the player he thinks he can be.

He played left tackle at Iowa State but is projected to be a guard in the NFL. In fact, he's ESPN's sixth-best guard prospect heading into April's NFL Draft. Osemele is a space-eater and a powerful run blocker and that translates well to an interior line move.

"I'm just a dominant player and I'm very aggressive and I have a mean streak and I like to throw guys around and get an extra shot in there when I can," he said about his strengths.

Osemele says he's more comfortable at tackle, just because he's played it more, but will play anywhere.

"I feel like I can play both," he said. "I'm comfortable, actually, with my hand in the ground. I feel like I can play both, but tackle is where I'm more comfortable at because it's just what I've been playing the last three years."

There certainly is a lot of upside with Osemele. The physical tools are there and he'll get better almost instantly when he gets into an NFL system that will teach him proper technique.

Osemele is projected as a second-day pick, falling somewhere in the second or third round.