1. LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah was listed as the third-string will linebacker on the depth chart, but that was always difficult to believe. The second-round pick is far too talented not to have a significant role on this defense, and he was quite literally flying around the field against Jacksonville. Yes, he was facing second, third, and fourth-stringers, but he was at least a step ahead of everyone else, often two.
He logged a team-leading eight tackles, three tackles for loss, and a sack. He was extremely impactful, sniffing plays out and getting to spots others could not. His lack of size and stack-and-shed ability was an issue once or twice, but that is outweighed tenfold by his explosiveness and coverage ability. He can do things most other LBs cannot, and it’s almost offensive to label him as one because it implies a relatively limited skill set, and that is certainly not the case with him.
This Cleveland defense is absolutely loaded with talent, and still, there are likely not 11 members of it who are better than JOK. The rookie was considered a top-15 prospect for a reason. He’ll play a lot, and his status on an unofficial depth chart doesn’t change that.