Projected first-rounder and 2020 Dick Butkus award winner Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah has to wait no longer to know his NFL fate. The Cleveland Browns selected the former Notre Dame linebacker with the 52nd overall pick to solidify the middle of their defense.
Owusu-Koramoah is a hybrid-type linebacker who possesses the speed to get from sideline to sideline, can cover the pass, and is stout in run support. He was also known for being a big hitter and an excellent form tackler at Notre Dame, rarely letting ballcarriers by him.
The drop in the draft simply doesn't matter to Owusu-Koramoah as this isn't the first time in his career that he's been doubted. He's an absolute baller and could prove to be the steal of the second round in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Many experts initially projected him coming off the board in the 17-25 range, so the Browns landing him up at pick #52 is a tremendous value to the host city's team. Picturing Owusu-Koramoah on the same defense as Myles Garrett, Denzel Ward, and Jadaveon Clowney should have Browns fans excited about their new defensive Swiss Army Knife.
I believe the reason Owusu-Koramoah slipped was due to his size. Regardless, he plays well above his size and is rarely outmatched physically. He will add a level of athleticism to the second level of a Browns defense that desperately needs it. Expect Owusu-Koramoah to compete for one of the starting inside linebacker positions in Cleveland.
Either way you view the pick, the Cleveland Browns waited much longer than initially anticipated and came away with a great value selection. This 52nd overall pick originally belonged to the Chicago Bears, but a series of trades resulted in the Browns selecting at this spot and they now have a quality linebacker that checks all the boxes. Not bad for a mid-second round selection.
Rumors have swirled regarding Owusu-Koramoah potentially playing safety, nickel, or corner at the NFL level, but I won't believe that until it happens -- if it happens. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah was an outstanding linebacker at Notre Dame and I would project a similar career for him in the NFL.