Anthony Walker: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah Reminds Me Of Darius Leonard

Matt Starkey,

Most draft analysts had Notre Dame linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah going in the first-round.

He ended up sliding into the second round and the Browns traded up to make sure they get him.

Owusu-Koramoah has impressed during OTAs, according to teammate Anthony Walker.

“Elite athlete as far as explosiveness, quickness, speed, instincts and all of that stuff, he has it – all of the tools,’’ Walker said, via Mary Kay Cabot. “Now, it’s about transitioning the game to the NFL level. I’ve struggled with it. We all struggle with it coming in from college and now you’re seeing a pro-style offense and understanding different route concepts and all of that stuff.’’

Walker signed in Cleveland this offseason after spending the first four years of his career in Indianapolis. He said that Owusu-Koramoah reminds him of Colts All-Pro Darius Leonard, who was also drafted in the second round.

“He (Koramoah) made a play today that he probably wouldn’t have made two weeks ago,’’ Walker said. “Just picking up the pace and learning different tools and different things that he can use and have in his repertoire, he is learning that. He kind of reminds me of Darius Leonard. Just a guy learning how to really understand the game of linebacker rather than just run and hitting.

“You have to start piecing things together and open up your vision a little bit more. He’s getting better. I have no doubt in my mind that he will be a great player in this league.”

The Browns made significant additions to their defense this offseason: Along with Walker, they also signed Jadeveon Clowney, John Johnson, Troy Hill, Malik Jackson and Takk McKinley. They also used their first-round pick on Northwestern cornerback Greg Newsome II.

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