— Great flexibility. Able to bend well at ankles, knees, and hips.
— Very smooth transitions, can sink hips and get in out of breaks.
— Shows in run support. Strong tackler.
— Shows patience with the ball in the air. Good job attacking the reception point.
— Can have a hard time disengaging from blocks.
— Can be slower transitioning from off coverage at times.
— Gets too handsy downfield at times. Tends to grab.
3 Games: 12 tackles, 1 INT, 7 PBU
— Played 3 games in 2020 before opting out.
Newsome is a technician in press coverage. He does a good job getting hands on and disrupting routes. He has very good change of direction, aided by great use of leverage. He is able to seamlessly transition out of breaks, running the routes for the receivers. Newsome shows very little panic with the ball in the air and has the ball skills to play through the hands of the receiver. Though he's a bit slow at separating to make the tackle at times, he's a physically run defender who does well setting the edge. He has also shown to do a good job tackling ball-carriers in open space.
Newsome is an average-sized corner who has all the skills necessary to be successful, with the added bonus of Intelligence and Character, which is synonymous with the Northwestern Football program. It won't take Newsome long to find his groove and start making an impact.
GRADE: 8.2/10 (Immediate NFL starter, late 1st round)
OVERALL RANK: 23/300
POSITION RANK: CB3
PRO COMPARISON: Darrelle Revis 60% / Richard Sherman 40%
Written by B/R NFL Scout Cory Giddings