Louisville’s Jamari Thrash the first-ever NFL Draft pick announced from Nigeria

Louisville's Jamari Thrash scores a touchdown against Notre Dame.
Louisville's Jamari Thrash scores a touchdown against Notre Dame. / Scott Utterback/Courier Journal / USA

Wideout Jamari Thrash was selected as the 156th overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft when the Cleveland Browns called the Louisville player’s name in the fifth round.

Beyond the honor of being drafted into the NFL, Thrash is now the first-ever player whose draft pick was announced from the African country Nigeria.

Ozoemena Chukwu, better known as Ozo a sports pundit and Big Brother star, announced the 156th draft pick for the Browns.

Thrash was an honorable mention All-American after a standout career for Georgia State and the Cardinals. He was also an All-Sun Belt receiver while in college.

Last year, Thrash had 63 catches for 858 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns. He played five seasons of collegiate football and amassed an impressive 18 career touchdowns.

For Lousiville in 2023, Thrash even had a rushing touchdown on his only carry for the Cardinals. 

Thrash heads to the Browns whose current quarterback room consists of Deshaun Watson and Jameis Winston, two fellow ACC stars.

Thrash is known as a shifty and quick receiver, creating opportunities for himself through his skillful route running.

Current wide receivers for the Browns include Amari Cooper, Elijah Moore, and Jerry Jeudy. Thrash has a great opportunity to step up to the plate and earn a starting job while in Cleveland. 

Ahead of Thrash, Louisville saw cornerback Jarvis Brownlee drafted by the Tennessee Titans and running back Isaac Guerendo selected by the San Francisco 49ers.

Thrash was the third Cardinal to be picked during the 2024 NFL Draft.