Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah was arguably one of the best linebackers in college football last year. But the Notre Dame Alum fell to the 2nd round after reports surfaced that he had a heart problem. But Jeremiah put all his concerns to bed.
Owusu-Koramoah, a former Notre Dame standout, slid hard in the draft down to the No. 52 overall pick. He won the 2020 ACC Defensive Player of the Year award and the Butkus Award, which is given to the country’s top linebacker. He finished with 62 tackles and an interception last season with the Fighting Irish and was widely expected to be a first-round draft pick.
“We know about the Brady 6. I think someday, we’ll be talking about the J.O.K. 10. I think getting him at 52nd overall is the best value pick in the entire Draft.” — @PSchrags on the @Browns 2nd round pick, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. pic.twitter.com/hNsbUzBBus
— GMFB (@gmfb) May 11, 2021
The Browns were ecstatic after they got a first-round talent midway through the 2nd, especially since the team has such a need for the linebacker position.
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah cleared all doubts about his health.
“It’s something that’s not necessarily 100 per cent true. It’s something where you just have to sit back and control the controllable,” Owusu-Koramoah said. “That’s something the coaches here always talk about, being able to control what you can control. That’s something I couldn’t control in terms of the reports that came out.
Nevertheless, what I’m worried about are the things I’m dealing with in terms of whether my heart is or my heart is not. My heart is 100 per cent sure. My heart is 100 per cent healthy. You can see that going through the protocols, the tests, EKGs and things like that.”
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah: “My heart is 100 percent healthy…” pic.twitter.com/0MaPWlCetR
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) May 14, 2021
Owusu-Koramoah also spoke about falling in the draft. “When you’re motivated by the external things, those things can fade away. So whether that report is out there, it’ll fade away soon. Whether the second round is out there, it’ll fade away soon. A lot of great people in the NFL were [drafted in] worse rounds than me. Some people went [undrafted]. So I just really key in on the things that I can control.”
The Rookie will fit in perfectly with the revamped defence ahead of the 2021 season. Playing between players like Myles Garrett on the D-line, and Denzel Ward in the secondary, the Notre-Dame alum could be in contention to be in the DROY conversation.