This hard hitting, athletic linebacker leaves behind a legacy at the linebacker position no Irish fan has seen since Manti Te’o was in South Bend. Currently the highest rated Notre Dame prospect in this year’s class, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah is a player who can play many different positions on an NFL defense.
One of Owusu-Koramoah’s many strengths, is how smart he is while playing the game. This next clip is one of my favorites from this past season.
His ability to process the tight end off the line and break off from his man here is the reason he will be a successful linebacker in the league. Offenses are getting quicker as the years pass, and tight ends are becoming more and more athletic. Having a guy in pass coverage like Owusu-Koramoah should excite any defensive coordinator.
This clip shows Owusu-Koramoah’s truest linebacking skill, and that’s stopping the run. He comes off the edge quick, finds the gap, and stops the run. His speed stands out the most here. The way he gets down the line and then to have the quick vision to breakdown and make the tackle is perfection.
Want to watch some hard hits? Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah will always deliver those. His strength and ability to lay the lumber on anyone with the ball was one of his more fun skillsets to watch at Notre Dame. His hit against Florida State where he “seperates Webb’s soul from his body,” according to the broadcast, is one of the best hits of his career at Notre Dame.
Owusu-Koramoah possess a lot of traits that GM’s like. It shows based on projections of where he’ll be picked in this year’s draft. In his latest mock draft, Mel Kiper Jr. has Owusu-Koramoah getting drafted 19th overall by the Washington Football Team. Earlier mocks from ESPN had him going to Las Vegas to join Jon Gruden. Our own Duke Coughlin at Bears On Tap wrote how he fits in with the Denver Broncos at the ninth pick.
In his two seasons at Notre Dame, Owusu-Koramoah recored 142 total tackles, 96 of which were solo, and finished his career in South Bend with seven sacks. He played the rover spot, mostly known for its hybrid safety/linebacker role, and I think any team looking to bolster it’s defense with a tremendous playmaker should take a look at Owusu-Koramoah. I think it will be a toss up between Owusu-Koramoah and Penn State’s Micah Parsons for who will be the first linebacker off the board. With no doubt, Owusu-Koramoah will go in the first round and he will be the first Irish linebacker selected in the first round since Bob Crable got drafted by the Jets in 1982.