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Kelechi Keith Ayo Osemele (/kˈli ˈsɛməli/; kay-LAY-chee oh-SEM-ə-lee;[1] born June 24, 1989) is an American football offensive guard for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Iowa State. He was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, and was a rookie starter throughout the team's Super Bowl XLVII championship run that season.

Kelechi Osemele
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Osemele with the Oakland Raiders in 2017
No. 70 – New York Jets
Position:Offensive guard
Personal information
Born: (1989-06-24) June 24, 1989 (age 30)
Houston, Texas
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:330 lb (150 kg)
Career information
High school:Langham Creek
(Houston, Texas)
College:Iowa State
NFL Draft:2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 60
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Games played:93
Games started:93
Player stats at

Early yearsEdit

Of Nigerian descent, his name Kelechi means "Thank God" in the Igbo language.[2] Osemele was born and raised in Houston, where he attended Langham Creek High School.

College careerEdit

Entering his senior season at Iowa State in 2011, Osemele had started 30 consecutive games. He was a second team all Big 12 selection in 2009 and an honorable mention in 2010.

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 5 12 in
(1.97 m)
333 lb
(151 kg)
35 78 in
(0.91 m)
10 14 in
(0.26 m)
5.36 s 1.84 s 2.97 s 4.87 s 7.91 s 26.5 in
(0.67 m)
8 ft 8 in
(2.64 m)
32 reps
All values from NFL Combine.[3]

Baltimore RavensEdit

With the Ravens in 2013.

Osemele was selected in the second round (60th overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens.[4] He started at right tackle in every Ravens game during his rookie season. He replaced the injured Jah Reid at left guard for the Ravens' playoff run. This, along with the insertion of Bryant McKinnie at left tackle and the move of Michael Oher to right tackle, solidified the offensive line. With the Ravens finishing 10-6, the team won the AFC North pennant and eventually won Super Bowl XLVII over the San Francisco 49ers, making Osemele's rookie year successful giving him his first championship title.[5][6]

On November 1, 2013, it was announced Osemele would have back surgery.[7] After playing seven games, he would finish the rest of the 2013 season on injured reserve.

Osemele successfully recovered from back surgery and started all but two games for the Ravens in the 2014 season.

Oakland RaidersEdit

Kelechi Osemele in a game against the Washington Redskins in 2017

Osemele signed a five-year, $60 million contract with the Oakland Raiders on March 10, 2016.[8] He was selected to his first Pro Bowl for the 2016 season along with fellow Raider offensive linemen Donald Penn and Rodney Hudson.[9] He was also named First-team All-Pro.[10] He was also ranked 95th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.[11]

On December 19, 2017, Osemele was named to his second Pro Bowl along with fellow Raider offensive linemen Donald Penn and Rodney Hudson for the second straight year.[12]

New York JetsEdit

On March 10, 2019, the Raiders agreed to trade Osemele and a 2019 sixth round draft pick (originally acquired from the Chicago Bears) to the New York Jets in exchange for a fifth round pick. The deal was completed on March 14, 2019.[13][14]


  1. ^ Zrebiec, Jeff. "Ravens rookie offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele credits a complicated past with opening up his future," The Baltimore Sun, Saturday, August 25, 2012.
  2. ^ "Kelechi". Online Nigeria. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  3. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - Kelechi Osemele".
  4. ^ "Baltimore Ravens: Kelechi Osemele".
  5. ^ The resurgent offensive line contributed to the Ravens' success in the postseason leading to Osemele earning his first Super Bowl ring on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans. Vensel, Matt. "Kelechi Osemele fared well in move from tackle to guard," The Baltimore Sun, Wednesday, January 9, 2013.
  6. ^ "Super Bowl XLVII - San Francisco 49ers vs. Baltimore Ravens - February 3rd, 2013". Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  7. ^ Zrebiec, Jeff (November 1, 2013). "Kelechi Osemele likely done for year, headed for back surgery". Retrieved August 3, 2014.
  8. ^ "Oakland Raiders Sign Free Agent Offensive Lineman Kelechi Osemele". March 10, 2016.
  9. ^ "NFL announces 2017 Pro Bowl rosters". December 20, 2016.
  10. ^ "Three rookies, Matt Ryan among players named to All-Pro team". January 6, 2017.
  11. ^ NFL Top 100 Players of 2017 - No. 95 Kelechi Osemele
  12. ^ "NFL announces 2018 Pro Bowl rosters". December 19, 2017. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  13. ^ Gordon, Grant (March 10, 2019). "Raiders sending left guard Kelechi Osemele to Jets".
  14. ^ Allen, Eric (March 14, 2019). "Jets Acquire OL Kelechi Osemele in Trade with Raiders, Swap Picks".

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