1. Cleveland Browns LB, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
When the Cleveland Browns were on the clock at No. 26, they were reportedly considering Notre Dame linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. However, they elected to go with cornerback Greg Newsome from Northwestern, as they allowed the positional value to ultimately make the decision.
Somehow though, when they were back on the clock at No. 52, JOK was still there. We found out after the draft that a heart condition had scared some teams but he was cleared by doctors, so the Browns were more than happy to bring in the hybrid player.
Listed as a linebacker, the 6-foot-2, 221-pound Owusu-Koramoah also played a safety role for the Fighting Irish and that made him a perfect fit in Joe Woods’ defensive scheme.
Owusu-Koramoah missed some time due to an injury but still finished his rookie campaign with 76 tackles, four pass defenses, and 1.5 sacks. His best performance was in their 16-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 12 when he had 13 tackles and a half-sack. He was all over Lamar Jackson that day and helped the Browns keep the contest close.
From that game on, he was the player that seemed to stand out more than any other in each remaining game. JOK was flying all over the field and dissected offensive plays from the snap.
Looking forward, he should continue to grow and considering how impressive he already was as a rookie, that’s a scary prospect for opposing teams.