There are plenty of quarterbacks for teams to consider in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, including Jamie Newman. Here's a look at what teams like and have some concerns about when it comes to taking a chance on Newman.
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Jamie Newman Draft Profile
Newman is built like a linebacker and has the ability to beat opponents with his arm or his legs. When he has his base right, he zips the ball with velocity and accuracy at the intermediate and short levels, and he has the arm strength to become a more confident and capable thrower at the deep-intermediate level. He has the athleticism to create time and space — a must in the NFL right now.
There are a lot of rough edges, which is why evaluators were looking forward to the film he’d put out at Georgia (he opted out of 2020 after transferring from Wake Forest). He’s more of a see-it thrower who needs to play with more anticipation, but he also has to improve his ability to map bodies in the secondary so he can test windows at the deep-intermediate level. He has the arm strength to push the ball downfield but is often inaccurate on deep shots. The fact that he face-planted against Clemson in 2019 doesn’t bode well.
He’s a project, and the lack of 2020 film means it’s an even larger leap. Newman has a long-shot chance to become a starter in a multi-dimensional rushing attack that melds with play-action passing, opening up some wide passing lanes.
Final Grade: 3rd/4th round
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