What Taysom Hill does for the Saints offense is what Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah can do for a teams defense
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah of Notre Dame is one of the most fun prospects to research during this 2021 NFL Draft process. And while the Steelers don’t totally need an inside linebacker, it’s the other things that Owusu-Koramoah, or JOK, can do that keeps him in play if he even makes it to pick No. 24. How often do you see an inside linebacker with the ability to bump down and blitz off the edge on first down, engage a blocker and stuff the run on second down, and line up in the nickel on third down? That’s exactly what Owusu-Koramoah can bring to the table. He is a player you could list as a linebacker, safety, corner, or edge rusher, and if he wasn’t 215 pounds I bet he could line up on the defensive line too.
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah: Second-highest slot coverage grade in the FBS in 2020.
He’s a linebacker. pic.twitter.com/pBEPw3aib3
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 22, 2021
Prospects like Owusu-Koramoah are rare, he is truly transcendent at his position. Regardless of the Steelers needs, this is a name you have to keep tabs on throughout the draft, because someone with such a diverse skill set can help any team. In no world should Owusu-Koramoah come anywhere near the Steelers 24th pick, however in a pandemic affected world almost nothing will surprise me, especially when it comes to the NFL Draft.
You will not find a more impressive play in coverage from a linebacker prospect than this one from Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
The processing speed here is unrealpic.twitter.com/SKq7WvO6sk
— Mike Renner (@PFF_Mike) April 15, 2021
As a junior, Owusu-Koramoah recorded 80 tackles, a team-leading 13.5 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks with four passes broken up, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. In his senior season at Notre Dame he won the Butkus award as the nation’s top linebacker and stacked up 62 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, 1 interception, 3 passes defended, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, and a touchdown.
Simply put, the man does it all.
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah LB @NDFootball 6 1/2, 221 Exc athlete who can run and cover, blitz and is very instinctive. This play shows his ability to play the run. 1st rd talent. @NFLDraft @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/aVcg8uEJPu
— Charley Casserly (@CharleyCasserly) April 17, 2021
When it comes to the Pittsburgh Steelers, we know the basic framing of the defensive depth chart. Owusu-Koramoah could insert himself as a nickel corner almost immediately, while also being a rotational piece at safety, inside and outside linebacker while also eating up special teams snaps. His versatility could see him become someone who plays 90% of snaps, while not actually being a starter at any one spot. The possibilities are endless when you have someone who can do anything.
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah with the sack pic.twitter.com/KaLfZBIg7c
— Notre Dame on NBC (@NDonNBC) October 12, 2019
But what do you think? is Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah a ‘can’t miss’ prospect? Is there any chance he falls into the Steelers’ lap? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments below.