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Mock draft watch: Browns land versatile defensive help in PFF's latest

Browns Wire logo Browns Wire 4/10/2021 Jeff Risdon
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The latest mock draft from Pro Football Focus brings back a name not projected to the Cleveland Browns in a few weeks. PFF analyst Andrew Erickson thrusts the name Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, the hybrid linebacker/safety from Notre Dame, back upon the Browns at the No. 26 overall pick.

Owusu-Koramoah, or JOK in scouting shorthand, was a popular Browns projection earlier in the offseason but has generally been coming off the board well before Cleveland picks in more recent mocks. He certainly makes sense for the Browns defense with his coverage ability and versatility, as Erickson notes,

Clevelands’ main weakness on defense is at linebacker, which makes drafting Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah an easy choice for them. JOK’s diverse skill set as a box safety, explosive linebacker and slot defensive back allow him to make plays all over the field.

Last season, Browns linebackers played the second-most coverage snaps from the slot (197). Owusu-Koramoah’s PFF coverage grade from the slot (84.2) ranked first in 2020.

If he’s on the board, the Browns definitely need to consider JOK. His skills are an excellent fit for what the Cleveland defense needs.

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