Raiders nab dominant run blocking guard in Kelechi Osemele

Mike Renner breaks down the deal that lands Osemele in Oakland.

| 9 months ago
(AP Photo/David Richard)

(AP Photo/David Richard)

Raiders nab dominant run blocking guard in Kelechi Osemele


The deal: Raiders acquire Kelechi Osemele, who will receieve $36.6 million in first three years of five-year, $58.5 million deal.

What it means for the Raiders: It’s difficult to say exactly what this means just yet as there is the possibility that the Raiders play him at left tackle, but I’m assuming he’ll slot in at right guard since he has such limited experience and average results at left tackle. There may not be a more powerful guard in the entire NFL though than the 6-6, 333-pound Osemele. It shows in the run game where he’s led all guards in +1.0 graded blocks (dominant blocks) over the past two seasons with 14. He’ll replace our 70th-ranked guard last season, J’Marcus Webb, to form one of the best guard tandems in football with Gabe Jackson. Over the past two seasons, Osemele held the fourth-highest run blocking grade among all guards. All the knocks on him come in pass protection where he has been right around average for his career. They made him the highest-paid guard in football, but they’ll reap the rewards with what figures to be a dominant running game this fall.

What it means for the Ravens: The feared running game that they leaned so heavily on the past two seasons may be starting to crumble. This was a line that two years ago allowed Justin Forsett to lead the league in yards per carry, but it was predicated on not having any weak links in the chain. John Urschel is the likely replacement at the moment. He looked a competent replacement at guard his rookie year in 2014, but struggled mightily to a -13.8 grade with an extended look at center a year ago.

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  • crosseyedlemon

    Added depth along the Raiders offensive line won’t hurt any. If the Ravens don’t hit a couple of home runs in this years draft Justin Tucker may be their leading scorer.

  • Tito Puente

    I would have no problem with the Raiders ‘overpaying’ while playing a dominant run blocker at RG, they have tons of money but are only recently are just now looking like a reasonable Free-Agent destination for quality players (but it’s still hard to make pitches to guys who don’t know where to buy a house, or schools for kids etc).

    ‘Overpaying’ for center Rodney Hudson paid off big time for Oakland last year, and the trio of Hudson, Osemele and rising star Gabe Jackson at LG could be a dominant interior trio for years to come.

    Finding a solid LT to protect Carr is obviously huge, and if this guy can do that fine, but if he’s a more natural guard, the Reggie still has tons of cash and picks. These salaries may be an issue down the road, Latavius could do some major damage behind this trio — with a mid-round RB i’m expecting them to pick up in the draft.

    Sometimes paying for quality ingredients when it comes to meat and potatoes can make for an awful tasty meal. (My man Clive Walford is going to have a monster 2nd season at tight end. Run, Amari, Crab, big plays out of play-action for my man Clive. Rinse, repeat).