The 2021 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah 2021 NFL Draft Profile.
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah Background
Size: 6-foot-1, 215 pounds
2020 stats: 62 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 1 interception, 3 passes defended, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries
Owusu-Koramoah made a huge impact for the Fighting Irish for two seasons, which helped him become an NFL Draft prospect. After leaving his mark for Notre Dame, Owusu-Koramoah is headed to the pros.
Although he wasn’t a highly-touted prospect, Owusu-Koramoah found his way to Notre Dame out of Virginia. He did not see the field in his first year on campus and played in just two games in 2018. For the 2019 season, Owusu-Koramoah totaled 80 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and four passes defended. Notre Dame went 11-2 and finished the season with a win in the Camping World Bowl. In 2020 Owusu-Koramoah was a star for the Fighting Irish with 62 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, one interception, three passes defended, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. With the help of Owusu-Koramoah Notre Dame reached the College Football Playoff, but lost to Alabama in the semifinal.
After two great seasons, Owusu-Koramoah declared for the 2021 NFL Draft. He is a projected first or second round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Speed is the name of the game for Owusu-Koramoah. He has good acceleration once he starts the movement for every play. As a former safety, Owusu-Koramoah has great long speed, which helps him in coverage and when he is tracking down ball carriers. He also has great change of directions skills. There won’t be many better linebackers in terms of movement skills.
Owusu-Koramoah is great to have in coverage. At Notre Dame, he lined up against running backs, wide receivers and tight ends. In man coverage, he actually has the speed to keep up with most wide receivers and stays attached fairly well. He has great reactive quickness in zone coverage and uses his eyes very well when reading the quarterback.
His awareness is a great asset. Against the run, Owusu-Koramoah knows his keys and reads them well. He then flows to the ball and shows good pursuit by taking good angles. Against the pass, Owusu-Koramoah shows a decent recognition of route concepts and also does a great job of recognizing where routes are going when he is in zone coverage.
Owusu-Koramoah is severely undersized for an NFL linebacker. At 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, he will be one of the smallest linebackers in the league. He will need to add weight to be effective at the next level, but he will want to do so without jeopardizing his speed. Adding play strength will be necessary or he may be moved to safety.
His tackling is very inconsistent. He can lay down big hits, but he allows a lot of broken tackles. Owusu-Koramoah needs to wrap up and show good form tackling. If he doesn’t improve, teams may move him to safety, but even then he would need to become a better tackler.
While his play recognition is fine, his run defense suffers because of his poor tackling. With that, he may not be an every down player as a linebacker. If he can’t help stop the run, he may be resigned to playing in sub packages. His positional fit will be something each team will have to question.
Projected Draft Range: First Round Pick-Second Round Pick
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