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Who is 'JOK' in the NFL draft? Star linebacker revealed before round 2 of 2021 draft

Joshua Rogers April 30, 2021
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Who is ‘JOK’ in the 2021 NFL draft? The talented linebacker was a notable absentee from Thursday’s first round, but will likely be selected during the second round of the draft on Friday.

The 2021 NFL draft is in full swing with the likes of Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, and Trey Lance all being selected with the first few picks.

32 picks came and went in Thursday’s first round, with the second round starting on Friday.

There’s still plenty of talent left, including JOK, who’s one of the best remaining players heading into round 2.

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Who is JOK in the 2021 NFL draft?

JOK is the nickname for Notre Dame linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah.

Owusu-Koramoah grew up in Hampton, Virginia and attended Bethel High School before going on to Notre Dame.

Owusu-Koramoah was named a starter going into his junior season and recorded 80 tackles, a team-leading 13.5 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks with four passes broken up, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.

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JOK’s college career

Owusu-Koramoah quickly grew into one of the best players on defense during his time at Notre Dame.

His combination of length, speed, range, instincts, and all-around skill make him a promising impact defender in the NFL.

The 6ft 1in, 220-pound linebacker boasts impressive physical abilities too.

He showcased his explosiveness with a 10’4″ broad and 36.5in vertical jump during Notre Dame’s Pro Day.

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He also demonstrated his bend and change-of-direction ability with a 6.81 three-cone.

However, JOK didn’t run the 40-yard dash at his Pro Day due to a tight hamstring.

According to his career stats over 25 games are as follows:

  • Tackles: 136
  • Tackles For a loss: 24.5
  • Sacks: 7.0
  • Forced Fumbles: 5 (4 fumble recoveries)
  • Interceptions: 1
  • Passes Defensed: 7

JOK completed his senior campaign at Notre Dame by winning the Butkus Award for the nation’s best linebacker, earning a unanimous All-American selection.

He also took home the ACC Defensive Player of the Year award.

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JOK’s 2021 draft projection

Owusu-Koramoah is more of a safety-playing linebacker, but should land comfortably within the second round of the 2021 NFL draft.

JOK is one of the highest-ranked remaining players by scouts and analysts, and his rare blend of (almost) linebacker size and cornerback athleticism, make him exactly the kind of hybrid piece seen more frequently in the league today.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.