Looking at both defenses, the two big names that stand out are Notre Dame linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and Clemson cornerback Derion Kendrick. Owusu-Koramoah looks to be the next big hybrid linebacker/safety prospect. His versatility to play in the nickel, rush the passer, and sideline-to-sideline range from an outside linebacker position make him a true chess piece for any defense that’s willing to utilize him in several roles.
Owusu-Koramoah has proven he can hang with tight ends, running backs, and some slot receivers in man coverage. He also has great reactive athleticism to break downhill on underneath routes. Against the run, his navigation through traffic and speed to beat blockers to their landmarks is impressive. Coming off the edge, the linebacker flashes some bend to get around the arc to get after the quarterback.
Kendrick was actually a five-star wide receiver recruit for Clemson but moved to cornerback out of team need last season. Though still somewhat raw at the cornerback position, Kendrick’s athleticism allows him to shadow receivers in man coverage anywhere on the field. As a former receiver, ball skills are definitely a plus trait. In his first season at the position, Kendrick had two interceptions. He returned one for a touchdown and five pass breakups. In just seven games in 2020, he’s added another interception along with five more pass breakups.
Adetokunbo Ogundeji, a defensive end for the Irish, could be a mid Day 2 selection with his recent performances. He has the length at 6’4″ but will likely be on the lighter side for most even-front teams. Keep an eye on him when the Senior Bowl comes around next month. On the opposite side, his teammate in Daelin Hayes will probably fall into Day 3 with his injury history concerns.