One of the biggest slides in last week’s NFL draft belonged to Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. The Notre Dame linebacker was projected to go in the first round, but ended up sliding down to No. 52, the 20th pick in the second round, where the Cleveland Browns managed to snag him.
Browns GM Andrew Berry attributed Owusu-Koramoah’s slide to his ‘tweener status as a linebacker and safety, but a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Monday shed some light on the issue. Schefter reported that Owusu-Koramoah had a heart issue that scared off teams that were considering drafting him, which is why he fell so far out of the first round.
While that issue may have scared off some teams, the Browns obviously weren’t one of them. Berry addressed Owusu-Koramoah’s health during an appearance on 92.3 The Fan on Tuesday morning, saying that the team isn’t at all concerned.
Owusu-Koramoah is a talent — he was named the ACC defensive player of the year for 2020, and won the Butkus Award, which is given out to the best high school, college, or professional linebacker. That’s what the Browns are focusing on as they continue to remake their defense. Being comfortable with Owusu-Koramoah’s health allowed them to add a great player while other teams passed.
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