Plays with good pop and fires off the ball. Does a good job blocking down on the defensive tackle, but also does a nice job getting position on the kick-out block. Does a nice job as a drive blocker, able to lock on and get push. Moves well laterally when zone blocking. Shows some ability to locate a moving target on the edge. Comfortable moving in space, able to get out in front of screens or pulling outside. Can adjust in space, square up defender and get position on the second level. Does an excellent job finishing his blocks, and constantly looking for a defender to block downfield. PLays with good effort and mean streak, and won't quite until the defender is in the dirt. Will initiate contact in pass protection and shows some potential to lock on. Shows ability to win in a short area. Can use his hands and strength to knock a rusher off his his rush.
Has sloppy footwork and struggles matching up with speed, unable to stay square on the edge. Doesn't play with good balance on edge when making his kick-slide and trying to deliver a punch. Whiffs on his punch too often and get beat by the inside move. Gives up too much ground against the bull rush because he can't consistently initiate contact. Defenders can get their hands inside and jolt him back, and can get beat by power. Needs to play with better knee bend in pass portection. Needs to take better angles as a straight-ahead run blocker and get better hand placement when he's blocking laterally. Doesn't always use his hands to get the seal on the edge, rather lowering the shoulder. Will struggle at times to locate a moving target on the second level and needs to play with better balance there when getting position. His mean streak can get him into trouble at times.
Kelemete was miscast as a left tackle for Washington, but projects well as a zone-blocking. He shows good strength and a really solid mean streak that you like. He needs more polish in pass protection, and that's why he was miscast on the edge. But moving him inside should be able to cover some of those flaws, and with some development you could see him being a solid inside player because he can win in a phone booth. Began his career at Washington playing defensive tackle before moving to offensive line as a sophomore. He did play on the offensive side of the ball in high school, so it wasn't as if it was completely new to him.
2011 GAMES WATCHED:
(9/3) vs. E. Washington: 3 key blocks, 1 pressure, Downfield: 5/6
(10/15) vs. Colorado: 2 key blocks, 1 pressure, 2 penalties (holding, personal foul), 1 missed block; Downfield: 4/4, Cut: 0/1, Pull: 2/2
(12/29) vs. Baylor: 1 pressure; Downfield: 2/4, Cut: 2/4, Screen: 1/1
2011: 13 GP/13 GS, left tackle
2010: 13/13, left tackle
2009: 12/11, right guard
2008: 8/4, DT, 4 tackles
He's sort of raw, but he has upside to be a good starter down the road. He's not the type of guy that I expect to really do much as a rookie, but if he takes to coaching by his second or third year he should be competing. He probably fits best playing in a zone-blocking scheme, and his potential as a cut blocker and with his mean streak you like him in an Alex Gibbs-style scheme developing inside. He's probably not going to be a top starter, but a guy that can be solid and if he works out the kinks of his game in pass protection, can add a lot of value on certain teams. A team like Houston that runs a zone-blocking scheme and likes to run the ball are the sort of ideal fits for him. He has good upside as a run blocker, and he could probably put more weight on his frame to add more strength, so he has the potential to get better. He may never quite be the great pass protector you want him to be, but he should be able to get by at a position such as left guard where he should get help from the center. Even if he doesn't develop, he should be a solid backup for a zone-blocking team. The player he reminds me of a bit is a less athletic, but more physical version of Shawn Lauvao. Like Lauvao, he played tackle in college, but is a much better fit inside. And while Lauvao is still developing for the Browns, he's flashed some potential to be a solid starter. I don't ever see him being a top guard, and probably compared to other players will just be an average complementary starter. But in the right fit, a run-oriented zone blocking team shoudl be able to get good value for him. And at worst he should be a solid backup. But with his mean streak and physical style of blocking, he should eventually get a shot as a starter. It's just a question of whether he'll be good enough to keep it. If he's forced into action early, he'll probably struggle with consistency, but given a few years to polish his game and develop he should be a nice piece up front for some team.
It looks like the Falcons will employ more zone-blocking under Dirk Koetter, which makes Kelemete a better fit than he would have been a year ago. He does offer some developmental potential behind Justin Blalock at left guard. He's not really good enough to think he can really be a candidate to upgrade the right guard spot immediately. He's just too unpolished in pass protection that even with some time to develop, he'll likely be exposed there. But he might be able to work a few years down the line because he offers similar run blocking potential and physicality as a player like Harvey Dahl. But immediately, he's more of a developmental depth piece for the Falcons that probably should be given two or so years to improve, and if he does, can challenge and be a solid starter for the Falcons at one of their guard positions. He can work in Atlanta because they're always going to value run blocking ability.
He's a solid mid-round pick that probably can be taken as early as the fourth round for a zone-blocking team looking to develop him, but might be slightly better value in the fifth round since he's not a slam dunk to be a starter.
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Pass Blocking: 4.5
Run Blocking: 7.5
Mean Streak: 9.0
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