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Ravens agree to four-year deal with Kelechi Osemele

OWINGS MILLS -- The Baltimore Ravens agreed to a four-year contract with second-round offensive tackle-guard Kelechi Osemele.

He's scheduled to sign his deal in advance of minicamp.

The Ravens drafted the former Iowa State standout with the 60th overall pick with designs on having the mauling 6-foot-5, 333-pounder compete with Jah Reid for the starting left guard vacancy created by Grubbs' departure.

The Ravens will also evaluate the four-year starter at right offensive tackle, currently manned by Michael Oher, who has played left offensive tackle in the past.

The Ravens weren't thrilled with left offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie's conditioning and run blocking last season, but retained him for this season by picking up a $500,000 roster bonus in March.

"I feel like I bring a lot of competitiveness and I feel like I bring a lot of physicality and aggression to the table," Osemele said during a conference call after the draft. "I just want to get in there and compete and try to fit where I may."

Osemele started 43 consecutive games, lining up for 38 of them at left tackle and another five at left guard. He was credited with 299 knockdown blocks and 49 blocks that led to touchdowns.

The Houston, Texas native bench pressed 225 pounds 32 times at the NFL scouting combine, running the 40-yard dash in 5.35 seconds. He's regarded as a powerful blocker whose technique could still use some refinement.

Osemele caught the Ravens' attention at the Senior Bowl and by how he held his own in a game against Iowa years ago where he blocked Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn..

"I think at the Senior Bowl, he was one of the better offensive linemen there," said Ravens director of player personnel Eric DeCosta said. "We had a chance to watch him all week. We saw a big, physical guy with very long arms who moves well on his feet.

"He's a talented guy, no doubt about it. We had the chance to spend some time with him at the combine. We interviewed him, and we were impressed with him."

Reach staff writer Aaron Wilson at 410-857-7896 or sports@carrollcountytimes.com.

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