1. LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame
A first-round talent that many assumed would be off the board, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah is a surprise being available on day two. Owusu-Koramoah’s versatile skillset means he can drop back in coverage or cover tight ends and running backs.
In an NFL Draft that is dominated by offensive playmakers, Owusu-Koramoah has the makings of being a day one starter in the NFL. After bursting onto the scene in 2020, Owusu-Koramoah finished his career at Notre Dame with 24.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks in just 25 starts.
Should Owusu-Koramoah get drafted by the Bears, new defensive coordinator Sean Desai would be given another versatile linebacker to place all over the field. At 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, he’d make the Bears defense expendable, while also unseating veteran Danny Trevathan as the team’s primary starter next to Roquan Smith.
There is a chance that Owusu-Koramoah is available when Chicago picks at 52nd overall. At that point, he could be the best player available for the Bears on defense and by drafting him, Chicago could continue to add young talent to an aging defense that needs an infusion of young talent.