May 9, 2021

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“ JOK could have been our choice at # 26 ”

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The Cleveland Browns are once again receiving rave reviews.

In this case, it’s the team’s 2nd round pick, 52nd overall.

That choice was used for Notre Dame linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah who many believe could have been a first-round selection.

The Browns think they stole a deal for JOK.

Executive Officer Paul DePodesta has confirmed the likelihood of JOK being the team’s first-round pick (instead of northwest cornerback Greg Newsome II).

DePodesta said:

“He was definitely under study. I will say that.

Describing the team’s reaction as JOK continued to stay on the board, DePodesta said:

“We were pretty happy. There was a lot of pacing upstairs once we got to pick 42, 43, 44, just trying to figure out if there was a way to get there. So we were very excited about it.

The team felt the need to move from 59th to 52nd place to get JOK because there was a belief that he would not be available in 59th.

Andrew Berry on JOK

General manager Andrew Berry also spoke about JOK’s uniqueness and versatility, which definitely piqued the Browns’ interest.

Andrew Berry said:

“I think Jeremiah is a bit unique in the way he produces, so he won’t necessarily be everyone’s flavor or shape. You talk about a player a little too small for a classic linebacker. You’re talking about a guy who’s been used in a variety of roles at Notre Dame, and he won’t necessarily be the right fit or maybe equally valued for a skill set depending on the defensive system.

He added:

“We really see him as the classic cut in this WILL linebacker defense (weak on the inside) because of his reach, speed and covering ability. I think the other thing with Jeremiah is also his versatility. They really put it out like a nickel or a dime, played it at WILL, played it at MIKE, and it allows us to be creative when we get into some of our different staff packs. It is very difficult for the offense to identify the front. “

No matter how you look at it, the Browns got a huge second-round pick in JOK.

His future looks bright in Cleveland.