Teams looking to upgrade at cornerback will have plenty of options to choose from in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, including Greg Newsome II. Here's a look at what teams like and have some concerns about when it comes to the talented Northwestern product.
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Greg Newsome II Draft Profile
A fluid athlete with quick feet and good length, Newsome has prototypical traits for a boundary cornerback. He can line up in press and stick to a receiver’s hip, with the competitiveness and length to make a play on the ball when it comes his way. He’s at his best playing off the receiver and keeping one eye on the backfield, showing an advanced feel for route recognition and excellent instincts despite limited reps at the college level. He’s solid in run support and does a nice job wrapping up as a tackler after the catch.
He’s a tough evaluation in part because of his limited reps. Durability was an issue throughout his college career, including a groin injury that knocked him out of a showcase matchup against Ohio State. Ultimately, Newsome played just 21 games with 18 starts at the college level. He’ll have to sharpen his recognition skills to maximize his closing speed.
There is some risk due to the injury history, but Newsome’s raw talent is plain to see. He has a chance to get on the field immediately as a starter on the boundary.
Final Grade: 2nd round
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