According to Justin Melo of The Draft Network, the Jacksonville Jaguars were among a handful of teams that met virtually with Northwestern cornerback Greg Newsome II. The Jaguars will be looking at both free agency and the 2021 NFL Draft to fulfill their need at cornerback. They will likely be searching for a veteran in free agency who can come and mentor the young players on the roster. We are finally hearing some names the Jaguars could be considering bringing in and Newsome is one of them. What do we know about the prospect?
Coming out of high school, Greg Newsome was rated as a three-star prospect by ESPN when he committed to Northwestern in 2017. He has the ideal size for an NFL cornerback at 6’1″ and 190 pounds and good length. On film, he immediately catches your eye because you can always expect him to be wherever the ball is. He’s physical against big receivers, has solid acceleration, and possesses good on-field awareness.
As far as negatives go, Newsome can sometimes play stiff and doesn’t always take advantage of his length on tackles. He’ll often rely solely on hit power to take down an opponent behind the line of scrimmage. While Newsome does an incredible job at batting passes away, he only has one career interception. His lack of ball production may take a hit to his draft stock but teams should be sure not to overlook his ability to deny a reception.
The biggest red flag for teams will be Newsome’s injury history. He had a handful of injuries that sidelined him at Northwestern and allowed him to play only 17 games in a three-year span. If we were going off just pure talent, Newsome would very well be in the conversation as one of the best cornerbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft.