Feb 25, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Iowa State Cyclones offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Reports show that Kelechi Osemele already made a visit to the Falcons, adding to the list of players Atlanta has met with. The 6'6", 333 lb. offensive lineman is clearly a monster in size, and could be a potential Round 2 pick come April.
With his massive build he has plenty of strength to bring to the table. Osemele doesn't let defenders get away from him often once he's engaged. His natural ability has made him a force to be reckoned with at Iowa State, but he will have to be coached up once he reaches the pros.
Osemele has some difficulty staying with more athletic opponents off the line. If he gets a hold of you, you're not going anywhere, but actually sticking to players can be a challenge for him at times. He's frequently labeled as "raw" by scouts.
His upside is through the roof. It just depends on what he does/who he works with in the NFL. The Cyclones started him at left tackle in the past, but guard seems to be his best bet. He doesn't quite have the quickness to catch defenders coming off the edge.
Projections put him anywhere between Round 2-3. If he's still available when the No. 84 selection rolls around, I'd say that's a steal for the Falcons. He needs some work, so that might deter some teams from drafting him early. What's your feeling on this one? Is Osemele a viable candidate to land in Atlanta?