Kelechi Osemele

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Kelechi Osemele
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Osemele with the Baltimore Ravens in 2013
No. 70 Oakland Raiders
Position: Offensive guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-06-24) June 24, 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 330 lb (150 kg)
Career information
High school: Houston (TX) Langham Creek
College: Iowa State
NFL draft: 2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 60
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2015
Games played: 51
Games started: 51
Player stats at

Kelechi Keith Ayo Osemele (/kˈl/ /ˈsɛmʌl/; kay-LAY-chee oh-SEM-u-lee;[1] born June 24, 1989) is an American football offensive guard for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Iowa State University. He was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft and was a rookie starter throughout the team's Super Bowl XLVII Championship run that year.

Early years[edit]

Of Nigerian descent, his name Kelechi means "Thank God" in Igbo.[2] Osemele was born and raised in Houston, Texas where he attended Langham Creek High School.

College career[edit]

Entering his senior season at Iowa State in 2011, Osemele had started 30 consecutive games. He was a second team all Big 12 selection in 2009 and an honorable mention in 2010.

Professional career[edit]


Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 5½ in 333 lb 35⅞ in 10¼ in 5.36 s 1.84 s 2.97 s 4.87 s 7.91 s 26¼ in 8 ft 8 in 32 reps
All values from NFL Combine.[3]
Osemele (72) at Ravens M&T Bank Stadium practice in August 2012.

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Osemele was selected in the second round (60th overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens.[4] He started at right tackle in every Ravens game during his rookie season. He replaced the injured Jah Reid at left guard for the ballclub's playoff run. This, along with the insertion of Bryant McKinnie at left tackle and the move of Michael Oher to right tackle, solidified the offensive line. Osemele started 14 games for the Ravens during his rookie year. With the Ravens finishing 10-6, the team won the AFC North pennant and eventually winning Super Bowl XLVII over the San Francisco 49ers, making Osemele's rookie year successful giving him his first championship title.[5]

On November 1, 2013, it was announced Osemele would have back surgery.[6] After playing seven games, he would finish the rest of the 2013 season on injured reserve.

Osemele successfully recovered from back surgery and started all 16 games for the Ravens in 2014.

Oakland Raiders[edit]

Osemele signed with the Oakland Raiders on March 8, 2016 for 5 years worth $60 million.[7]


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