Browns considered taking Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah in round one

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The Browns traded up in round two to get linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. They thought about taking him in round one.

Via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, Browns chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta said Saturday that Owusu-Koramoah could have been their round one selection, before he became the guy they moved up to select at No. 52, the pick made when the fan dressed like the Macho Man Randy Savage took the stage in Cleveland.

He was definitely under consideration,” DePodesta said. “I’ll say that.” He added that the Browns “were not really expecting [Owusu-Koramoah] to get quite that far.”

The Browns kept tabs on the Notre Dame linebacker as round two unfolded, beginning at pick No. 33.

“There was a lot of pacing going on upstairs once we got to about pick 42, 43, 44, just trying to figure out if there was a way we could make it happen,” DePodesta said.

G.M. Andrew Berry said that the whole building was pacing together as the second-round picks were made.

“We certainly didn’t expect him to be there when he was, but we’re fortunate that he was, and we think he’s going to add something to our team,” Berry said.

The Browns intend to use Owusu-Koramoah as a three-down linebacker.

“He’s certainly very versatile,” DePodesta said. “I know there’s been talk that he could play strong safety or do lots of different things. I just think that speaks to his athleticism and his versatility, and I think he fits our scheme perfectly at the linebacker spot, and that’s where we plan to play him.”

With a strong defensive line and a potent back end (their first-round pick was cornerback Greg Newsome), Owusu-Koramoah could quickly become the anchor of the second level. And he could be one of the pieces that make Cleveland a perennial playoff team — as well as a potential Super Bowl contender.

11 responses to “Browns considered taking Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah in round one

  1. Contrary to the love fest TV was giving him, this was a horrible pick. He was no where to be found in the ALABAMA game and he blatantly quit on Devonta Smith’s 1st TD on the bubble screen. This was a horrible pick. And at 6’1 215 good luck trying to tackle NFL running backs at that puny size

  2. Classic Brown thinking.. taking a first rounder when available in 2nd round..

  3. The Browns defense is going to be nasty on third down. They’ll generate a huge pass rush, and the cover guys will have it much easier. This kid from Notre Dame is a big time playmaker. He flies up and makes tackles behind the line. He can close on QBs that get outside the pocket. He can line up and cover the slot guy.

  4. Now they have a chance to cover TEs,contain Lamar Jackson runs,and cover Tyrek Hill if they get they meet in the playoffs again.

  5. He’s sure little for an NFL linebacker — the Browns plan to sit him against Baltimore & Pittsburgh twice per year?

  6. Browns fans you realize you have been wrong in 19 of the last 22 years about your team. Why do you always thumbs down anything accurately critical of your team?

  7. We thumbs down your hate for the same reason that we stayed with our team during decades of misery. We love them no matter what. Like your brothers and sisters, you can criticize them but will defend them if anyone outside the family comes at them.

  8. Yes firing Jimmy Johnson was the dumbest thing Jerry Jones ever did. I agree. See how rational and objective that is. Being defensive and petty and ignoring valid criticisms makes you look stupid and petty

  9. Howboutthemcowboys2020

    Considering the Browns base defense is going to have 3 safeties and JOK is going to be used situationally and isn’t going to be expected to be an every down LB, I think it’s going to be fine.

  10. Hmmm….roughly 100% of the national analysts have PRAISED JOK at 52. Some have even said it was the best value in the draft.
    However, howboutthemcowboys2020 says it’s a bad pick…so it must be. Browns are doomed. I probably won’t even bother to watch them this year. No one can possibly know more about the NFL them howbout…just ask him.

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