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2012 NFL Draft: Kelechi Osomele Tops List Of Offensive Guard Prospects To Watch

The Pittsburgh Steelers attempted to address the team's thin offensive line in the 2011 NFL Draft by selecting Marcus Gilbert out of Florida with their second-round pick. But the line is likely to be a priority in the 2012 draft as well, so Behind The Steel Curtain takes a look at the draft's top offensive guard prospects: Kelechi Osomele (Iowa State), David DeCastro (Stanford), Cordy Glenn (Georgia), Kevin Zeitler (Wisconsin), and Ryan Miller (Colorado). Here's BTSC on Osomele:

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At this moment Osemele is the cream of crop with regards to the guard position. He plays left tackle for the Cyclones but will have to switch to guard or right tackle in the pros. While he does possess good agility for his size, he doesn’t exactly have enough lateral agility to protect a quarterback’s blind side, although neither does Max Starks, so I guess Osemele could theoretically play left tackle. Where he really shines is as a run blocker. He’s an absolute mauler and would seem like a great fit for the Steelers' offensive line. In fact, many of the early mock drafts around the web have the Steelers selecting Osemele in the first round.

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There's plenty of time before the 2011 college football season even starts, of course, but Osomele is definitely one to keep an eye on. Walter Football's most recent mock has the Steelers taking Osomele.

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The Steelers acquired Marcus Gilbert in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, but he's not enough. Another upgrade is needed up front, and Kelechi Osemele fits Pittsburgh's blocking scheme.

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