Greg Newsome II Prospect Profile and Scouting Report

Northwestern cornerback Greg Newsome II is profiled in advance of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Name: Greg Newsome II

School: Northwestern

Year: Jr

Position: Cornerback

Measurables: Height: 6000, Weight: 192 pounds

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General Info: 

Newsome was rated a three-star prospect by ESPN and 247 Sports. He played his sophomore and junior seasons at Glenbard North High School. As a sophomore, Newsome earned first-team All-Conference honors after registering 40 tackles, six interceptions, and 13 pass breakups. In his junior season, Newsome recorded 85 tackles, three interceptions and 15 pass breakups en route to first-team All-DuPage Valley Conference. He attended IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida as a senior, and put up 15 tackles, two interceptions, and 15 pass breakups to help IMG to a 9-0 record.

In college, he appeared in six games with four starts in his first season. He started eight games as a sophomore and played in nine games, then played in six games as a junior for the Wildcats.

 

Positional Skills:

Strengths

The first thing that stands out with Newsome is his athleticism. From transitional quickness to his explosion jumping at the catch point, Newsome is a fluid player for the corner position. He’s very impressive when changing direction. He effortlessly shifts from his backpedal to closing downhill well and is great at flipping his hips to turn vertically up the boundary. Newsome also excels changing direction to work horizontally across the field.

Newsome is also a physical player. He initiates contact early in route stems and at the top of routes to make things uncomfortable for receivers. He’s a willing tackler who has good form wrapping up.

Newsome uses his length well in initiating contact as well as making plays outside his frame and at the catch point. Speaking of the catch point, Newsome has great timing to break up passes and make plays outside his frame.

Newsome’s processing speed is very good, and he reacts quickly in coverage to close and displays good route recognition skills.

In coverage, Newsome is good at staying in the hip pocket of receivers, staying in good position to close and make plays at the catch point. He has the requisite speed to carry receivers vertically and stay with them in man coverage. While Newsome is best in man coverage, his processing skills make him a fit in zone coverage schemes as well.

Weaknesses

Despite his physical nature, Newsome’s frame isn’t very filled out. He may struggle to be consistently imposing in press coverage and will struggle to get off blocks at the next level. Newsome can also get a little too physical at times which draws penalties, and that’s something that will need refinement at the next level.

Experience is a trait worth monitoring at corner more than most other positions, and Newsome has just 20 games at corner in college. He will have to continue to learn the position as he goes in the NFL. Durability is also a concern, as Newsome hasn’t played a full season yet.

Fit with the Packers:

The Green Bay Packers have a clear and obvious need at outside corner opposite Jaire Alexander, and Newsome fits the bill. He has the measurables and elite athleticism to fit the Packers’ thresholds.

It’s hard to imagine the Packers become an ultra-creative, pressure-oriented defense under Joe Barry. They will look to get pressure with four and rely on coverage, while forcing offenses to be the one to make a mistake. It’s likely there will be a mix of man and zone coverage with the Packers in 2021, and Newsome has the ability to close quickly and wrap up in zone coverage, along with great skills in man coverage, whether it be working vertically or horizontally. He’s tough, competitive, has the long speed, and is effective at the catch point. His versatility and coverage skills make perfect sense for the Packers at 29, and he is likely on that short list.

 

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Comments (14)

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stockholder's picture

March 24, 2021 at 07:13 pm

The outside cb need was filled. Doubt they go after him.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

March 24, 2021 at 08:39 pm

Nah. King isn't the long-term answer and probably isn't the 2021 answer either.

Maybe not run to the podium if Newsome is there, but he would be a much better prospect and year one starter possibility than many players GB has drafted in the late twenties.

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HankScorpio's picture

March 25, 2021 at 05:59 am

Aside from King being a stop-gap solution, there is no such thing as too many guys that can cover in the NFL. 3 or more above average CBs is optimal. By my count, the Packers have one.

That's why CB is one of the positions that needs to be weighted higher in the calculation. You can mask weakness in some other spots. But if you cannot rush the QB or cover his pass catchers, that weakness will be exposed time and again. If the draft pick process had a flow chart, it would be very early in the calculations to ask: Is the player QB, OT, CB or pass rusher?

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stockholder's picture

March 25, 2021 at 06:47 am

Nobody thought they would re-sign him either. Yes, Newsome is a better prospect. But he'll sit the bench. I don't see him as the answer to this defense. Sullivan needs to be replaced before King. Newsome isn't Watt. I hope the fan base doesn't go to pieces if Gute passes on him.

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stockholder's picture

March 25, 2021 at 11:21 am

Ok- you want a Cb. Heres your sign. Rd. 1 Newsome. -Past injuries. Rd. 2 Eric Stokes , Rd 3 Ifeatu Melifonwu rd. 4 Trill Williams and .K. Taylor Rd5 Shakur Brown Rd 6 Tre Brown and D.Lenoir . None will replace King. And TT would never take a chance on past injuries.

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mnbadger's picture

March 25, 2021 at 12:21 pm

I hope that comment was offered tongue firmly in cheek, it's hard to read cynicism in a comment. GPG

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D.D.Driver's picture

March 24, 2021 at 08:00 pm

I can't be the only one to double take on this guys name.

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splitpea1's picture

March 24, 2021 at 08:16 pm

I'm sort of split on him; on one hand you love the athleticism and the fluidity (I read that over and over, especially with the hips). According to one report, he would be a "universal fit" for any team looking to add CB depth. He was an economics major in college, so I presume he's pretty intelligent.

However, there isn't a huge amount of experience, and he's missed games in every season (but no serious injuries). Also, he may be a little penalty-prone, so he might be need a little more developmental time, and if he turns out to be our first CB pick, I'm not sure we can really afford that right now. Looks like a solid long-term prospect, though.

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HankScorpio's picture

March 25, 2021 at 05:29 am

One thing I think you normally get out of players from Northwestern is a solid understanding of fundamentals and good discipline. He checks all the boxes on measruables. He plays a position of value that also is a position of need. To me the pre-draft process is about avoiding getting crushes on players. But this guy makes that hard. I'd be happy if they ended up with him.

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murf7777's picture

March 25, 2021 at 08:18 am

At 6’2, 4.4 40 and a RAS score of 9.57 from his pro day Ifeatu Melifonwu from Syracuse is a CB to watch and suspect the Packers will strongly consider over Newsome. Some may say a reach at 29, but he possesses the size and athleticism the Packers crave. His best fit is zone and that fits what the Packers plan to do with the new D.

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Stroh's picture

March 26, 2021 at 03:48 pm

His brother was even better inbrother. IIRC and he was a complete bust. I'll pass on Melifonwu. He's a looks like Tarzan plays like Jane prospect, just like his bro.

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murf7777's picture

March 25, 2021 at 08:34 am

Another tall CB to consider in the mid rounds is Israel Mukuamu. His lack of 40 time, estimated in the 4.5’s and injury during his Junior year which was his last has pushed him down to the 3rd or 4th round. I doubt he will last to the end of the 4th but if he does the Packers should snag him. I’m a proponent of the next CB selected by the Packers to be 6’+ in length. Alexander is an exception at his size and striking gold twice is a risky proposition.

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frankthefork's picture

March 25, 2021 at 09:58 am

IMO, Newsome is a very good CB as an early rd 2 pick; so if some team wants the 29th pick from GB, which is possible, Gute should take the bait. Opinions and A holes, heck we all got em. What's your excuse?

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