CLEVELAND, Ohio – How excited were the Browns to get Notre Dame hybrid linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Karamoa at No. 52 in the second round?
“He was definitely under consideration” at No. 26 in the first round, Browns chief strategic officer Paul Depodesta told Zoom immediately after the election.
He noted that the browns were shocked that he passed number 50 on the second day of the draft and walked to the team̵
Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network, for example, was JOK ranked No. 15 on his big board and admired the browns who board to get it.
DePodesta stressed that the Browns plan to play JOK as a linebacker, although some teams predict it as a great safety in the NFL.
“We see him as a lineback and I think that speaks to his flexibility and we plan to play him there,” said DePodesta.
Jeremiah couldn’t say enough about him.
“Ovusu-Karamoa is pictured as an athletic hybrid defender of the Irish fighters. He can play Will Linebacker, Safety or even a cover in the slot, “he wrote in his top 150 rankings. It is very smooth and vibrant to reflect tight edges, backs or slot receivers. It is very well known as a zonal dropper and is an explosive flash from the edge. He quickly presses / reads before sinking under blocks in front of him against running.
“It flashes the ability to use its length to break through blockers, but is much more effective at smashing them. He has great speed to chase from behind. However, it needs to improve its consistency in the fight against space, as there are too many gaps. He brings exceptional guidance in defense. Overall, Owusu-Koramoah may lack the ideal size / bulk, but it was created for the NFL, which is happy.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper also liked him a lot.
“He’s nothing more than a consistent, versatile player,” ESPN’s Me Kiper said during a recent podcast. “I mean, you watch him spin, you watch him play outside, he plays in space, he pulls back. He is smart. Some of the decisions he made in individual outdoor situations were remarkable. I haven’t seen much of this in recent years. He did it.”
ESPN’s Todd Maxhei designed it as a middle-first round.
“In today’s NFL, what you don’t want is to be on the field for one or two falls and then undergo them, especially with teams that will pace and switch it,” Maxhei said in a podcast. “You want someone you can trust to play that Will Linebacker will notice off the line, off the ball. And since I can put them in that, I call it an overhang, basically covering the narrow end or being in that area with a lot of RPO and different things going on outside the deal box.
“So he can play now.” It can cover, you can bring it mainly with cat blitz, we call it corner blitz, but it is a lineback that comes out of the edge. And he can do all three things at a very high level. “
“JOK”, the winner of the “Butkus” award for 2020, is the prototype of the backback of the future: a flexible player who can double as great safety and excel in coverage. Supported by three down, he will be one of the two who will remain on the field in subpacks. It can blitz, cover tight edges and slot receivers and has a nose for the ball. In two seasons as Notre Dame’s starting rover, he collected 142 battles, 13.5 for loss, seven sacks, three forced touches and a catch and return for TD.
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