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Osemele has the size and strength most NFL teams covet in their offensive linemen, and despite being a bit raw, he is likely to hear his name called in one of the first few rounds of the draft. A first-team all-Big 12 selection as a senior in 2011, Osemele started the final 44 games of his career at Iowa State showing incredible durability. He started at left tackle his final two seasons, but will likely shift to one of the guard positions in the pros. Blocking comes easy to Osemele, who explodes off the line, engages with the defensive player and rarely lets him get away. He has very strong legs and can drive block a defender on running plays and also possesses excellent upper-body strength and can ward off opponents on passing plays. He uses his hands well and finished with 32 reps in the bench press at the NFL combine, tied for third-best among offensive linemen. One of the few concerns about Osemele is his footwork is a little slow and he sometimes has trouble getting off the line to block linebackers. Despite lumbering a bit, most scouts believe Osemele has the potential to be an anchor on an offensive line and will likely be one of the first few guards taken in the draft.