Reputation building for Ravens' Osemele

Reputation building for Ravens' Osemele
May 10, 2013, 2:15 am
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When it comes to offensive linemen, perception very much is reality. Few of us are expert enough or inclined enough to closely follow line play. So we rely on the buzz and the media experts to learn who the good offensive linemen are. That’s not to say that those who get good reputations don’t deserve them, but just that their reps probably carry more weight than at other positions.

As regards the Ravens, you can feel the momentum building for guard Kelechi Osemele to get recognized. There have been stories about how Osemele is a big beneficiary of Bryant McKinnie’s return to the Ravens, enabling Osemele to remain at guard. So look for signs of a buzz around Osemele.

Here’s a sign for you: Osemele showed up on an NFL.com list of players primed to break out in 2013. Adam Schein said this about him:

“If I had a dollar for every Ravens player, coach or executive who credited ‘KO’ for Baltimore's offensive turnaround in the playoffs, I'd be as rich as Joe Flacco. He's smart. He's physical. He's versatile. I think we are looking at many trips to Hawaii in Osemele's future.”

That’s a pretty strong basis — appearing on the league’s official website — for building a good rep.