For the past three days, Kelechi Osemele and Leonard Johnson have been practicing down in Alabama for the Senior Bowl. This week of practice, besides the combine, may be the biggest influence on where they get drafted. They get to showcase their skills against other great seniors in front of hundreds of scouts. Mike Mayock, an NFL Draft guru, has Kelechi Osemele as the fifth-best interior lineman and Leonard Johnson as the fourth-best cornerback.
Day 1 (Monday):
- Cornerbacks that stood out to me were Leonard Johnson, who looks explosive and pretty fluid in his hips, and Donnie Fletcher.
Iowa State defensive back Leonard Johnson stands just 5-foot-10, 180 pounds but has free flowing hips and great anticipatory skills
Day 2 (Tuesday)
- G Kelechi Osemele of Iowa State has had a solid morning. He uses his wide body to seal defenders from the action and was able to overwhelm the smaller Vinny Curry.
Iowa State CB Leonard Johnson had another really good day in my mind. He started off by getting solid jams on the gunner on punt coverage. Johnson is much more proficient as a press coverage corner right now, but I think he can definitely handle playing zone. He made some tremendous breaks on the ball. He puts his foot in the ground and goes. His hips are fluid and he stays real low in his peddle compared to other players.
-Kelechi Osemele was playing playing a little too high and was getting lifted and driven through. Osemele is a big man, he’ll have to watch that, especially since he’ll be going up against some very powerful interior linemen in the pros.
On the offensive line, Kelechi Osemele (G-T, Iowa State), stood out during position drills, routinely putting defenders on their butts.
Leonard Johnson (DB, Iowa State) stood out as the feistiest defender.
From Fansided’s own NFLMocks.com:
Mike Mayock has Iowa State cornerback Leonard Johnson rated ahead of Alabama CB Dre’ Kirkpatrick. I have Johnson rated as a 2nd-3rd round pick.
Day 3 (Wednesday)
Iowa State’s Leonard Johnson had his best day of practice and showed he’s not afraid to mix it up and get physical on Wednesday. Leonard told me after practice he was looking forward to being able to play press coverage and get in the receivers faces. Johnson and Boston College’s Donnie Fletcher showed just how physical they can be in the run blocking drills, often blowing through the wide receivers.
Iowa State’s Kelechi Osemele also had a nice day of practice.
I liked what I saw from Mike Brewster, Senio Kelemete, and Kelechi Osemele in terms strength and the pop they deliver at the point of impact.
Iowa State offensive tackle Kelechi Osemele has the size to play tackle (6-6, 347), but some view him as a guard. He’s probably not a left tackle at the NFL level, but could start on the right side or bounce inside.