Five Things You Need To Know About Kelechi Osemele

Posted Mar 10, 2016

The Oakland Raiders signed versatile offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele Thursday. Get to know more about the newest member of the Silver and Black.

The Oakland Raiders’ offensive line was bolstered Thursday as the club signed offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele.

Osemele joins the Silver and Black after spending the first four seasons of his career with the Baltimore Ravens.

Here are five things to know about the newest Raiders’ lineman.

1.  Tackle Or Guard, Osemele Is Versatile.

Originally drafted by the Ravens in the second round (No. 60 overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft, Osemele played his entire rookie season at right tackle, but demonstrated throughout his career in Baltimore that he had the ability to play multiple positions along the line.

In 2015 he appeared in 14 games for the Ravens, spending time at both left guard and left tackle.

2. No Hand Size Issues, Here.

Kelechi Osemele is a big man.

He’s every bit of the 6’5” and 330 pounds he’s listed at, but perhaps even more impressive than those measurables are just the sheer size of his hands.

Osemele said he had the second-biggest hands in his draft class and although he’s never measured his mitts, just by shaking his hands you can tell they’re huge.

3.  What’s In A Name?

Osemele is Nigerian, and his name translates to “Thank God,” in Igbo, one of the four official languages of Nigeria.

4. One Of The First People To Congratulate Him? Derek Carr.

“Right when I agreed to terms he [Carr] called me. It was probably like 12:00, 1:00 in the morning. We had a pretty lengthy conversation. You just get the general sense that he’s just a really humble, down-to-earth-guy, and anytime you have a guy like that, just like [Ravens quarterback] Joe [Flacco], you’re willing to go through walls for them, and that’s just kind of the feel that I got.”

5. Brains And Brawn.

Osemele is an avid reader who enjoys all types of books.

The best book he’s read as of late?

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.