With draft previews and a full Las Vegas Raiders mock draft in the books, it’s now time to take a closer look at the prospects the Raiders could target with their first-round pick.
One prospect that has gotten buzz around NFL circles as a potential Raiders pick is Notre Dame linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah.
Winner of the Dick Butkus Award for being the nation’s best linebacker in 2020, Owusu-Koramoah brings explosive play despite a lighter 6-2, 215-pound frame.
Owusu-Koramoah racked up 142 total tackles in the last two years for Notre Dame, including 24.5 for losses.
The 2020 ACC Defensive Player of the Year also has shown an effective pass rushing ability, racking up seven sacks in the last two seasons.
The analysts are plenty behind him as well.
In his first mock draft for NFL.com, NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah praised Owusu-Koramoah and he had the Raiders selecting him with the 17th overall pick of the draft.
“Owusu-Koramoah is a dynamic athlete at the second level of the defense,” Jeremiah said. “He can cover in the slot if needed and he’s an excellent blitzer.”
After the disappointing performance of Cory Littleton this season and with Nicholas Morrow being a free agent, the need could be there for the Raiders to look at Owusu-Koramoah.
Without even thinking of need, Owusu-Koramoah would bring a needed talent infusion to the Raiders' second level of their defense.
It’s the kind of ability that a top-20 level prospect can bring, and the kind the Raiders sorely need to finally take that step back to contention.
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