Clemson(20), Duke(20), Virginia(19)
He is the prototype of a modern day linebacker. He is fast, smart and very aggressive. Has no problem playing from sideline to sideline and is very good diagnosing plays. Has proven he can cover just about anyone and is effective in man, or zone. Quick at processing plays and is very decisive, once he knows what is coming his way. Really tough vs the run and makes a lot in the backfield, even if he isn't the player credited with the stat. He has a high motor and knows how to lead by example. Very good at blitzing and being able to keep his eyes on the play. There were numerous times when a different gap would open during a play and he could adjust his angle, then still make the play.
Doesn't have the ideal size you would like to see for a pure linebacker. Doesn't always play the strongest game, but I think part of it can also be a size thing. Big lineman can take him out of play if they hit him flush, but that doesn't happen very often. He always tries making a big play, instead of just tackling the ball carrier and that can make him miss some tackles. He will need to slow down on that a bit, because NFL players will be able to run through arm tackles. I think that is something that will be fixed with coaching.
Owusu-Koramoah is the perfect prototype of a modern day linebacker. He's fast, can cover anyone and still a hard hitting, run stuffing linebacker. I feel he is also a great leader, as he never gives up on a play and just brings a lot of energy to a defense. He is small for a pure LB, but it doesn't affect him. He is a very smart player and can quickly break down an offense. He also counters his stature by being very aggressive and decisive with his actions. He is one of those players that you need to know where he is at all times, because he seems to always be around the football. I know he dropped on some big boards, because his numbers were down a little from last season. However I think passing on him would be a big mistake, because in my opinion he is a can't talent and will have an immediate impact wherever he goes. I think his impact will be very comparable to what fellow Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith did for the Cowboys.
Ryan Shazier and Jaylon Smith
Pass Rush Ability:
Big Play Ability
Rush with Leverage
Pass Rush Moves
Against The Run:
Play with Leverage
Stack and Shed