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Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah Drafted by Browns: Updated CLE Depth Chart After Round 2

Jenna CiccotelliAnalyst IIIMay 1, 2021

Notre Dame linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (6) defends against Alabama during the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game in Arlington, Texas, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
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The top linebacker in college football is headed to the Cleveland Browns

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, who was named the Dick Butkus Award winner as the best player at the position, was drafted by Cleveland with the No. 52 pick in the 2021 NFL draft on Friday.

Here's a look at how he will fit into the Browns' depth chart.

                 

LDE: Myles Garrett, Joe Jackson

DT: Jordan Elliott, Sheldon Day

DT: Andrew Billings, Malik Jackson

RDE: Jadeveon Clowney, Takkarist McKinley

OLB: Sione Takitaki, Malcolm Smith

MLB: Anthony Walker, Mack Wilson

OLB: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah*, Jacob Phillips, Elijah Lee

CB: Denzel Ward, Greg Newsome II, M.J. Stewart Jr.

CB: Greg Newsome II, Greedy Williams, Robert Jackson

NB: Troy Hill

FS: Grant Delpit, Jovante Moffatt

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SS: John Johnson III, Ronnie Harrison Jr.

                       

Depth chart info provided by Ourlads and Over the Cap.

    

The 21-year-old, who was also the 2020 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, starred through his last two seasons at Notre Dame after redshirting as a freshman and appearing in two games in 2018. A year after he co-led the team with 80 tackles (13.5 for loss) through 13 starts, the 6'1" Virginia native broke out as a senior. 

He ended the year as the team's second-leading tackler (62), with 11 tackles for loss, a team-best. He ranked third in the conference among linebackers in tackles for loss. His two fumble recoveries ranked ninth among all FBS players. 

An elite, athletic linebacker, Owusu-Koramoah makes up for his smaller frame (6'1", 221 lbs) with speed and awareness. Head coach Brian Kelly said in December that it was his passion for the game that set him apart during his recruitment, per Mark Skol Jr. of television station WNDU. 

"I got to see a passion. We loved [Owusu-Koramoah's], and when we spent some time with him, we loved the fact that there was a real love for the game and a passion for it." 

While Owusu-Koramoah fell later in the draft than some expected, he is someone who could start right away for the Browns.    

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