Can Kelechi Osemele be a Pro Bowl left guard?

Can Kelechi Osemele be a Pro Bowl left guard?
July 1, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Kelechi Osemele sees nothing wrong with the Ravens having two Pro Bowl guards.

Marshal Yanda has been a Pro Bowl selection the past two seasons. Osemele sees a Pro Bowl in his future as well, perhaps as quickly as next season.

Nobody in the Ravens organization doubts that Osemele has star talent. After starting every regular season game at right tackle in 2012, Oseleme transitioned to left guard seamlessly during the playoffs.

Left guard is where Osemele will be firmly entrenched when training camp begins. The question is not whether Osemele can keep his starting job. The question is whether Osemele can become a dominant offensive lineman. According to Osemele, both coach John Harbaugh and run game coordinator Juan Castillo told Osemele he has star potential.

“They told me personally this season that my goal should be Pro Bowl or bust,” Osemele told BaltimoreRavens.com. “It’s the expectation they have for me. “It (left guard) came quite easily for me. I’ll only get better from here, so I really feel good about this being a breakout year.”

The Ravens believe they have an elite offensive line. Four of the five starters from last year’s playoff run are returning – left tackle Bryant McKinnie, right tackle Michael Oher, right guard Marshal Yanda, and Osemele. Gino Gradkowski is the lone change, the favorite to start at center replacing the retired Matt Birk.

The line protected Joe Flacco superbly during the playoffs, and wants to pick up where it left off. Osemele won a Super Bowl as a rookie. Playing left guard from Day 1 should give Osemele the best chance to play his best football.