3 Linebackers the Cleveland Browns should draft in Round 1
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame
I should clarify, Micah Parson is certainly worth drafting in the first round as well, but I believe there is a very low chance he makes it to No. 26. That’s why I have Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah from Notre Dame as the number one option at linebacker for the Cleveland Browns at pick No. 26 in the 2021 NFL draft.
At 6-foot-1, 221-pounds, the only true question mark on Owusu-Koramoah is if his size will limit his success. Other than that, he checks every box. He’s explosive, with speed and quickness, has proven he can force turnovers and has active hands, and has proven to be a tremendous blitzer up the middle or off the edge.
As mentioned above Owusu-Koramoah is slightly undersized and at times plays with a skillset of a safety more than a linebacker. He’s also a guy that can go for the big hit instead of wrapping up and miss tackles occasionally.
Many have compared him to Isaiah Simmons from the 2020 draft who struggled to transition in the NFL as a rookie, but with Owusu-Koramoah having far more snaps at linebacker in college, it doesn’t concern me at all.
While some are anti linebacker in the first round, I’ll continue to argue it is the biggest need right now with cornerback and wide receiver next on the list.
While there will be guys in the second or third round who would be good fits, the Browns would be lucky to land any of these three guys and it could take their defense to the next level.