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Don Banks’ 2012 NFL Draft Redo has Bengals Select Justin Blackmon

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Jan 12, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Baltimore Ravens guard Kelechi Osemele (72) against the Denver Broncos during the AFC divisional round playoff game at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


With the 27th pick, Banks had the Bengals still taking an offensive lineman, but instead of Wisconsin’s Kevin Zeitler, he gave them Iowa State’s Kelechi Osemele:

Zeitler was more than solid for the Bengals at guard, but Osemele was a revelation of sorts for the Super Bowl champion Ravens. Taken in the second round, K.O., as they call him, started all 16 regular season games at right tackle, and then slid over to left guard in the postseason, putting together four quality games and helping cement a Baltimore offensive line that was almost flawless in the playoffs.

K.O., as many have called him, ultimately went to the division rival and eventual Super bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.


Despite having a tremendous rookie season, Banks had Zeitler fall to the 31st pick, while Kirkpatrick unsurprisingly fell out of the first-round.


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