The Ravens' review: 2012 season
To keep you entertained during the 2013 NFL offseason, blogger and reporter Matt Vensel will go back and review the performance of each significant Ravens contributor during the 2012 season. He started with the team's free agents and recent retires and will break down a new Ravens player every weekday.
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Kelechi Osemele, offensive lineman( DOUG KAPUSTIN, MCT / September 23, 2012 )
GS: 16 | GP: 16 | Snaps: 1,091
Season in review: Osemele, the second of the team's two second-round draft picks in 2012, started every game during his rookie season. He struggled at times at right tackle, particularly against speed rushers, but he also flashed the kind of strength, tenacity and talent that could make him a Pro Bowl mauler at some point. He moved inside to left guard during the playoffs, and got rave reviews from coaches and analysts.
Signature moment: Drawing the tough matchup of blocking San Francisco 49ers Pro Bowl defensive end Justin Smith in the Super Bowl, Osemele passed the test, not allowing Joe Flacco to be pressured once.
Stat that stands out: zero -- sacks allowed by Osemele in the final nine games of the season, including playoffs, per Pro Football Focus.
Pro Football Focus grade: +3.6 overall | +2.7 as a pass blocker | +0.1 as a run blocker.
Outlook for 2013 and beyond: Osemele's near future is probably tied to what the Ravens do with the left tackle position, where Osemele played some in college. If they play Michael Oher there, Osemele could shift back to right tackle, though he played so well at left guard during the playoffs, the Ravens might just keep him there regardless. Osemele has admitted that he can improve his technique. If he does, he could be a very good player for them.
Update: The Ravens have re-signed left tackle Bryant McKinnie, keeping Osemele at left guard for now.