The Ravens just introduced their top three draft choices -- outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw from Alabama, tackle Kelechi Osemele from Iowa State and running back Bernard Piercefrom Temple -- to the media at the Castle.
And just let me say this: Osemele is massive.
At 6-foot-5 and 333 pounds, he's the pototypical size for a tackle. But what you notice right away is how long his arms are (35 1/4-inches) and how huge his hands are (10 3/8 inches.) With those hand, it was like seeing a guy wearing baseball gloves at the podium. Plus he's got the wing-span (85 1/2-inch) of a condor, the longest wingspan of an player in this year's draft.
He's also got the kind of deep, rumbling voice that could give little kids nightmares. And he's got a chip on his shoulder as big as a Ponderosa pine. He admits to being "a little taken aback" -- translation: he's majorly ticked -- that he wasn't selected before the 60th pick of the second round.
Courtne Upshaw said he wanted to "strap on the pads" right away. But it was Osemele who looked like he wanted to go straight to the Ravens locker room and suit up.
By the way, he says he pronounces his name: keh-leh-chee oh-seh-mel-leh.
Or you can do what I'm going to do -- just call him sir.