Notre Dame Football: Where will Irish prospects land in 2021 NFL Draft?

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28. Pick Analysis. LB. No. 17. 1. player. Scouting Report. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah

While there are advanced physical and statistical metrics that go into evaluating a prospect, sometimes all you have to do is sit back and watch the film. Linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah is a reactive athlete who flies around the field and consistently stands out as the most impressive player on the defense.

The Las Vegas Raiders are a team in need of a playmaker on defense. After bringing in the run-stuffing Nick Kwiatkowski in 2020, a more fluid, coverage linebacker like Owusu-Koramoah could mesh well if defensive coordinator Gus Bradley plays his cards right. However, the Raiders would hope that their first-round pick would eventually turn into more than a role player.

In terms of strengths, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah’s versatility has drawn comparisons to freak athletes like Isaish Simmons and Derwin James. However, his tendency to throw his body around and overcommit could get him in trouble at the NFL level. Regardless, he has the elite traits teams look for out of their first-round pick.

A special athlete like himself, the absence of a combine could end up hurting him in the eyes of the public. Whether scouts are able to see through this is a different story. Owusu-Koramoah’s unique approach to the game may limit his suitors, but it’s difficult to picture a situation that results in him slipping out of the first round.