Round 1, Pick: LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame
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The Browns desperately need help at the linebacker position. With an analytics driven front office led by Andrew Berry, linebackers don’t have much value, especially in the first round. Although he’s listed as a linebacker, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah has the ability to play all over the field.
Similar to Isaiah Simmons a year ago, Owusu-Koramoah has the athleticism, size and speed to be an impact player at the next level, but it’s all about how he’s used as it pertains to maximizing his potential. At 215 pounds (according to Notre Dame’s official website), he has the ability to cover in the slot and blitz off the edge with 4.4 type speed. But at that weight, playing in the box at the NFL level will be a challenging task.
That’s why it’s so important for coaches to use players properly based on their strengths rather than forcing them into a specific scheme where they have trouble finding success. Owusu-Koramoah could be a huge addition for Joe Woods and the Browns defense, giving them someone to use as a match up chess piece against opposing tight ends and slot receivers. He can fill multiple holes across the defense and if he can add 15-20 more pounds without sacrificing athleticism, watch out, this guy could be special.