It is NFL combine week, and both Jerry Hughes and Daryl Washington are looking to cement their high draft round status. But another Frog player is there also seeking to make an impression on the scouts; offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse.
Newhouse was a three year starter at offensive tackle for TCU, although he is projected to move to offensive guard at the next level. At 6’4”and 319 pounds, he certainly has the physical tools to produce in the NFL. So how’s he doing?
Newhouse has shown very good speed in the opening week drills. His time in the 40 of 5.0 was the third best amongst all offensive linemen. He also came in third in the 60-yard shuttle, and was tied for first in the 20-yard shuttle.
The knocks against Newhouse have been twofold; first he does not handle complicated defensive schemes very well, missing some blocks and second, that he is not as aggressive as the pro scouts would like. However, his sheer athleticism, as exhibited by his excellent performance in the speed drills noted above, is starting to raise some eyebrows.
Newhouse also did not hurt himself coming into the combine with a very good East-West Shrine game week of practice and performance. He showed good strength, footwork, and work ethic while also displaying the versatility to play all positions on the interior line…another big plus for the pros.
During the combine, he has also improved his stock with some intangibles. Newhouse has been well spoken and accessible to the various paparazzi, scouts, and other people at the combine…traits that speak to his overall intelligence. All scouts love coachability. Newhouse is demonstrating, via his soft skills, that he has it.
After all, the ability to read and react to defensive schemes is something that an NFL staff should be able to help a player improve upon via coaching. Especially if the player has a high level of innate intelligence. But basic speed…well, that comes natural.
Preliminary indications are that his stock is rising quite a bit due to his speed, strength, versatility to play all line positions, and work ethic/coachability, especially since the class of offensive linemen present this year is not one that scouts are considering “top-tier” in terms of athletic ability.
Originally projected as a fifth or sixth rounder, I now see him moving up to fourth with an outside chance at being a third round selection. Teams that have shown an interest in him this week include the Cowboys, Chiefs, 49ers, Texans, and the Raiders.