ESPN.com made a list on Friday of players who could have a real breakout year in 2013-- and they made offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele the Ravens' rep on it.
However-- and they even said this on the site -- Osemele kind of broke out in the latter part of the 2012 season. The rookie was shifted to left guard, putting Bryant McKinnie next to him at left tackle with Michael Oher at right tackle alongside Marshal Yanda (right guard) and Matt Birk (center) for post-season play after a Jah Reid injury.
Those moves seemed to really make the offense take off in a very big way. They went 4-0 in the playoffs, and the line played far better than it had all season long, and Osemele looked strong at left guard.
But ESPN argues that they "believe he is just scratching the surface and will become a Pro Bowl-caliber player and one of the elite guards in the game. Still new to the position, Osemele is a massive human being with extremely long arms and huge, powerful hands."
If he stays at left guard, though, that would give Osemele a chance to develop at a position that he really found success at last year. Some of this also could depend on who winds up at left tackle next year as that situations remains up in the air
The Ravens will have a younger group of players on the line next year, and they'll all be developing in different ways. But no matter what happens, there can be no argument that Osemele showed his talent no matter what position he played in 2012. He just fit in even better in that final position after the last move.