J.O.K. or Jeremiah Owusu Koramoah for long, had been a leader and a stand out for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for the past two seasons. I remember watching the Clemson game last season and thinking man number 6 is everywhere. He had 7 tackles and a forced fumble that day, and from then on, I studied his game. Winning the Butkus award is no easy feat, the trophy is awarded to college footballs best linebacker, and J.O.K.s name will be forever a part of that list, after he was honoured with the award following his senior season.
The young talent is so versatile, you can line him up pretty much anywhere. His college game emulates the hype around Isaiah Simmons from Clemson, who was a linebacker safety hybrid, with snaps at safety, slot corner, and linebacker. However unlike Simmons, who seems to have struggled so far in the pro’s, Jeremiah looks right at home… in Cleveland.
The Cleveland Browns have been looking for stud linebackers for some time now, with high hopes for guys like Mack Wilson out of Alabama, who’s not yet hit his potential as he heads into his third year with the Browns. J.O.K might be the answer, and from what we’ve seen so far, and heard out of training camp, I’d be willing to bet on it.
Of course, the Browns had no business drafting Owusu-Koramoah in the first place. They passed on him at 26 in the first round, after the talent was considered a mid first round draft pick. He dropped due to concerns about his heart. Supposedly, a routine exam flagged a problem, which led to teams pulling out on him on draft day. However, the Browns had seen enough when the draft got into the 50s and he’d still not been picked. Cleveland traded up 7 spots with the Carolina Panthers in order to select him, and clearly saw an opportunity for a steal.
The Browns seem to have gotten rid of the stigma around poor drafts, after what seems like a successful 2020 campaign saw the rookies contributing early, barring Grant Delpit, who had won the starting safety job before getting hurt. Browns fans will be keen to see him this season, after he missed his entire rookie campaign. Pair that with the additions of free agents John Johnson III, bringing leadership and experience to the secondary, as well as Jadeveon Clowney, and this seasons rookies in J.O.K. and first rounder Greg Newsome at corner, and this defence might stand up to just about anybody in the league this year.
For me, J.O.K. is a part of that new breed of linebackers with the speed of safeties. Devin Bush, Devin White, Roquan Smith to name a few, are guys who have come into the league in recent years with sideline to sideline speed, and found immediate success. The Browns have already given Jeremiah snaps at multiple positions in the two preseason games, including various areas of the box, and in the slot, plus a couple off the edge on the defensive line. From what I’ve seen, and considering the position he was drafted, so far, he could be the best value in this years draft, AND he’s a perfect fit for what the Cleveland Browns needed.