Cleveland Browns: 3 Best picks to make at No. 26 in 2021 NFL Draft
1. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
There’s no denying the Cleveland Browns linebacker corps was a problem in 2020. They went into the season with a group of players who were largely unknown and then saw one of their top players suffer a knee injury early.
Mack Wilson ended up not missing too much time but he still didn’t look like himself for much of the season. Rookie Jacob Phillips was also constantly dealing with injuries and played just nine games. He flashed potential but is still a question mark himself.
Sione Takitaki was another young prospect but he seems to be a player who flies around but doesn’t make enough impact plays.
Cleveland did sign Anthony Walker who will be an upgrade over B.J. Goodson — but not by much. And for those who think that’s a knock on Walker, it isn’t. Walker is a good starting linebacker but Goodson was much better than he got credit for in 2020.
With all that being said, there’s still a chance the Browns add another linebacker in this draft and the best fit for them is Notre Dame’s Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. Listed at 6-foot-2, and 216-pounds, Owusu-Koramoah doesn’t look like your typical linebacker, and he really doesn’t play like one either (which is why he would be a solid pick in Round 1 despite the team not being high on linebackers in their scheme).
Owusu-Koramoah can line up as an outside linebacker while also offering the versatility to move into a safety role in sub-packages. In a pass-happy league, he’s the type of linebacker who can really make a difference — but is also still not a liability when it comes to stopping the run.
Defensive coordinator Joe Woods already has had a fantastic offseason, but it would be even better if he got a Swiss Army Knife like JOK to deploy on defense.