Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah: I never really had any heart issues

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Linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah’s drop to the Browns in the second round of this year’s draft was a surprise given numerous predictions that he’d go in the first round and a report that a heart issue diagnosed late in the pre-draft process seemed to explain why he lasted until the second day.

Browns General Manager Andrew Berry called Owusu-Koramoah “completely healthy” in a radio interview this week and said nothing suggests his health will get in the way of a long NFL career. Owusu-Koramoah made his own visit to The Jim Rome Show on Tuesday to say that whatever popped up hasn’t had an effect on him.

“You get news,” Owusu-Koramoah said, via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “You get a lot of news within the draft and the process you’re going through. There was something that came up in terms of what guys were saying, but in terms of me, in terms of the personal aspect there were no really heart issues at all. There was nothing that was too ticked off and we went back to Notre Dame and looked at the medical records and everything. I never really had any heart issues or anything going on there. You know, you hear a lot of things, but you’ve got to get it from the source.”

Cabot spoke to people around the league who thought Owusu-Koramoah’s size and decision not to run the 40 at his Pro Day may have been reasons why he slipped further than expected. Whatever the concerns, the Browns thought he provided the right value at No. 52 and he’ll get his chance to prove them right.

8 responses to “Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah: I never really had any heart issues

  1. Heart issues are usually something that doesn’t get discovered until they do an autopsy to figure out why an otherwise healthy 20-something athlete suddenly died. Just because it hasn’t been a problem in the past, that’s no reason to be dismissive of the condition.

  2. There’s a lot of analysis and lots of over-analysis. Sometimes it helps. Sometimes it costs you. I think the Browns got a steal in the second round.

  3. I wanted him with their round 1 pick. Now they got a top-tier DB (ranked 4th in the class) and JOK (2nd highest ranked ILB).

    Arguably the ILB was their greatest position of need: that or interior defensive line.

    JOK may be the steal of the draft.

    Go Browns.

  4. Not that it’s my business, but ….. so what was the heart issue? Clearly Schefter wasn’t just pulling this out of his rectum, and I doubt a guy with such universally-high marks falls THAT far simply because he’s a “a bit of a tweener”…

    Genuinely curious why so many teams took him off their boards.

  5. I wanted them to get a LB early and was hoping for JOK in particular. I think the Browns had a great draft as far as addressing their needs on defense.

    Mayfield did an excellent job in taking care of the ball in the back half of the season. If he keeps his mistakes low then the defense will be in a much better position to keep them in the game.

    I’m really excited about this season.

  6. As one old enough to have lived through Reggie Lewis’ death-shortened career, I would find drafting a guy with potential heart issues scary, too, no matter how good he is. Hopefully he’s right and healthy and has a long life and career.

  7. Pint-sized LBs don’t last long in the NFL — especially in the Black & Blue Division. Hopefully the little guy paid close attention in school.

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